Daily Blessing Ministries commissions new chaplains

By Barbara Miller | Aug 18, 2014
Photo by: Donated NEW CHAPLAINS — From left, Eric Hill, Keri Rhinehart Hill, Holly Cope, Nancy Buchanan and Robert Early recently received their chaplaincy certifications. New chaplains not pictured are Cindy Frohlich and Sharon Maynard.

Daily Blessing Ministries in Waynesville recently commissioned seven new chaplains to serve in various interfaith ministries throughout Haywood and Jackson counties and in South Carolina and Vermont.

"We want to raise them up and send them out," said Barbara Miller, head pastor of Daily Blessing Ministries. "Daily Blessing Ministry is about the 'Great Commission,' of going out into the world, spreading the Gospel, going to where the suffering and pain is, not just waiting for them to come to us. By raising up chaplains and sending them out, we have been able to fulfill our given vision and wonderful calling to build the kingdom and help the people.

An ordained pastor, Miller hopes to provide the best training that will better enable chaplains to help people wherever they are and with whatever their needs might be. The new chaplains will continue under Miller's supervision for one year and additional classes will be offered to help them.

The new chaplains were presented their chaplaincy certification certificates by council members and education advisers, the Revs. Perry Hines, Mindy Rathbone and Barbara Miller.

The new chaplains are Holly Cope, of Waynesville, who wants to serve at The Open Door and go where God leads her; Keri Rhinehart Hill and her husband, Eric Hill, of Canton, who will go where they are called; Robert Early, of Canton, who says he "will serve Jesus where he calls me and help the people;" Nancy Buchanan, of Jackson County, who will serve her area's outreach programs; Sharon Maynard, of Jeffersonville, Vermont, who will serve at her church and in outreach programs in her area; and Cindy Frohlich, of Greenville, South Carolina, who plans to serve in a nursing home ministry.

The ceremony was attended by family, friends and former graduates of the program.

Daily Blessing Ministries has already begun its next chaplaincy certification class. The class takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Daily Blessing Faith Fellowship Learning Center, located at 32 Felmet St., Waynesville. The training lasts for 11 weeks. Those interested in attending the next class session are asked to call 242-7763.