To be more than a place of worship; be a place of healing for Veterans and their families. Become a force in the community that Advocates for, collaborates with, and empowers Veterans.
I have family members who were in the military, but the biggest drive behind starting this ministry is social justice. Veterans are trained/prepared to defend this country, but many are not prepared to cope with the impact it would have on their life once discharged (especially combat veterans). Through outreach and social service work, I worked with veterans who were homeless and needed help getting back on their feet, needed help connecting with family, or needed an advocate. These are simple requests from: individuals who volunteered (some drafted) to serve in the military, those who had to leave their families for months at a time, those who knew there was a possibility they would not return home, those who did return home but with PTS or substance abuse issues. I believe a ministry is ongoing not an act of service once or twice a year…. a ministry is a promise to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ for as long and as often as the need exists. This is my vision for a Veterans ministry.
The Rev. Toneh Smyth, Deacon, M.S.W.
Canon for Mission