Where We Lead: In the Chaplain Corps

 

What makes someone an effective member of the Chaplain Corps?

Stumpf: I always try to put in the extra work. People tend to notice that. I try to encourage other people to work hard, as well. Things just come up as life happens, and it’s usually not at a convenient time. You just have to be ready for it. Once you do that for a while, students know they can trust you.

Ford: I feel what makes someone an effective member of the Chaplain Corps is really having a heart to serve others. It can be very hard being in this position, being the light in front of your company and peers at all times. We are all human beings. We all have our good days and our bad days, and, regardless, you have to go and uplift others.

What is the most important skill you need?

Stumpf: Listening is the most important asset in this role. As cadets, we’re problem-solvers, and that’s always a good skill to have. But sometimes when people are talking to you, they don’t always need the problem to be solved. Sometimes they don’t even want it to be solved. It might not even be possible. What they really want is to be able to talk and for you to listen. How can working in the Chaplain Corps help you with your career goals?

How can working in the Chaplain Corps help you with your career goals?

Ford: My ultimate goal in life is to help others in the medical field after graduation and be an equipped leader. As a chaplain, I have had the privilege of experiencing events that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and have met some incredible people along the way who have helped make me into who I am today. The leadership traits and other beneficial lessons gained will definitely help me in my future careers.

Stumpf: I want to be an infantry officer. These skills can carry on for me because you’re dealing with people’s lives and helping people wherever you go. That’s part of leadership. You take care of your people.

Can students outside the Corps receive help from the Chaplain Corps?

Ford: A lot of civilian students think that we are just here for cadets, but we are here for the whole UNG community. One of our main goals for the Chaplain Corps this year is to connect better with students and bring them and the Corps together. If there is any way that we can help the civilian population out with the skills we learn in the Corps, we are more than willing to be an aid to them.

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UNG’S Corps of Cadets’ Chaplain Corps offers guidance and encouragement for cadets and civilian students who are struggling with personal issues. The unit started in 2000 with one chaplain and expanded, eventually becoming a specialty unit in 2008 with 11 cadets — a brigade chaplain, two battalion chaplains and eight company chaplains.

Adam Stumpf, a junior from Clarkesville, Georgia, pursuing a degree in strategic and security studies, is the brigade chaplain. He and Heaven Ford, a junior from Marietta, Georgia, pursuing a degree in kinesiology with a concentration in health and fitness, provide insight on their roles in the Chaplain Corps.