Last Wednesday, Michaela Drain (the UCO Wesley Director and Edmond First College Minister) was sworn into the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant Chaplain Candidate. Since she is in the Oklahoma National Guard, she will be able to continue in her role here as our college minister. This just means once a month, she will be ministering to soldiers around the state and during the summer she will be shipped to South Carolina to complete Chaplain and Officer training at the Army Chaplain School in Fort Jackson.
Michaela was previously in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a Chaplain Assistant. In that role, she aided the Chaplain in tasks such as guarding, setting up the chapel, contacting units, facilitating community building events. In her new position as a Chaplain Candidate (or Chaplain Student), she will be the one in charge of a unit’s religious needs, helping guide the fulfillment of the spiritual needs of up to 1000 people. Michaela will be training soldiers on suicide prevention, counseling soldiers on spiritual issues of marriage/finances, responding to natural disasters, visiting soldiers in hospitals, leading chapel services, holding memorial ceremonies, and things of the like. We are very proud of her achievements so far and we will continue to pray for her ministry and continued training.