Ranger Chaplain Jeff Strueckershares the freedom found in Christ with
those fighting for our liberty
By Adam Miller
“I love the military. My heroes are soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.
see what they’re willing to do to serve their country, it absolutely blows me
Ranger Chaplain [Cpt.] Jeff Struecker began his journey into ministry on the
streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993, fighting in a mission that was
eventually captured in the movie “Black Hawk Down.”
“When people were being killed to my left and to my right and I was
absolutely certain I was going to die, God gave me a sense of peace,” says
Struecker. “I had a very strong faith in Jesus Christ before I went to Somalia.
And immediately afterwards I was starting to become very sure that God was
leading me into the ministry.”
God used Struecker’s love for the Army and his love for soldiers to guide
him to become a military chaplain.
“This is the best church I could pastor. These are my heroes,” says
Struecker, who himself has seen every front line of battle since Panama. “The
Army has a tendency to confront people with who they are physically, mentally,
and spiritually. The more difficult the circumstances, the more receptive the
average person becomes to issues of faith and spiritual matters. I have the
opportunity to help them grow spiritually as they undergo these harsh
Last year Struecker led 30 Ranger cadets to Christ in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Most of these soldiers already have been in combat. And the ones that haven’t
will soon be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. “There’s a very real urgency for
me to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Chaplain Struecker deployed this summer with the 75th Ranger Regiment,
leaving behind five children and wife, Dawn, as he seeks to minister to “the
best congregation in the world.” Pray for Jeff as he serves overseas. Pray that
God would keep him strong and filled spiritually. Pray for the protection of
his battalion as they serve on the front lines. OM
Adam Miller is associate editor of On Mission.
Visit www.NAMB.net to view the Monthly Missionary Focus video on Jeff
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