Assemblies of God Pleased with Navy's Ruling on Chaplain
The U.S. Navy's investigation into the requested dismissal of Lt. Cmdr. Wes Modder, an Assemblies of God endorsed chaplain accused of discriminating against homosexuals and those of different faiths and backgrounds, found insufficient evidence against Chaplain Modder and the request for his dismissal was "reviewed and disapproved."
Modder was represented by the nationally recognized Liberty Institute law firm, which handles hundreds of gratis cases each year in an effort to restore religious liberty in America. Liberty Institute was key in clearing the chaplain's name and allowing the 20-year military veteran to continue his service with the Navy.
"Chaplain Wes Modder is a man of deep spiritual convictions and a gifted minister who has touched many lives throughout his career, particularly through his preaching," states Chaplain (Colonel) Scott McChrystal, Military/Veterans' Affairs representative & endorser for the Assemblies of God. "He has done an outstanding job in communicating with our office throughout the investigation, a factor that has facilitated our ability to provide pastoral support during this difficult time.
Dr. George O. Wood, Assemblies of God general superintendent and chairman on the AG Commission on Chaplains was elated with the ruling and issued the following statement:
The Assemblies of God rejoices that Chaplain Wes Modder has been cleared of charges by the Navy and will be permitted to continue his career. Wes has served faithfully as one of our AG military chaplains for over 15 years. My personal association with the Modder family dates back to my time as an Evangel student when I had the privilege of sharing a dorm with Wes' dad who was also an Evangel student.
While celebrating with Wes and his family, we also commend the Navy for its thorough and professional approach throughout the investigation. I also want to thank the Air Force for it's contributions through providing Chaplain Modder a ministry billet during the time of the investigation which allowed Wes and his family to remain in the Charleston area.
As I view it, God has expressed His sovereign will through the outcome of this decision.
Finally, I am thankful for the prayers of many across our Fellowship, starting with the Minnesota District with whom Chaplain Modder holds his ministry credentials.
As Wes and his family move to a new assignment following a most trying period, let us pray that God will continue to use Wes in powerful ways and that He will provide Wes, Beth, and their children with His richest blessings.
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