Thank you for visiting this webpage. Feel free to look around and see what Acacia Outreach Ministries offers and how we are working to help those in need in South Mississippi. One of the first things you'll notice about our ministry is there are no walls, bricks or mortar. That's because the work Acacia Outreach Ministries strives to perform is largely based on the streets. We are constantly forming relationships with Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, Medics, Hospitalized Veterans and others in need. This website and a Chaplain's Bag are the closest things to a church building we have. It is this website that ties everything together into a nice, neat package we like to think of as an internet church. So, feel free to look around. If you see room for improvement, let us know by leaving some constructive criticism on the Contact Us page.
To provide a chaplain's ministry of presence to Law Enforcement Officers, Hospitalized Veterans, and Community by accomplishing the following:
I believe in the Trinity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are each individually one. They are all collectively one as well.
My personal view is that of a five point Calvinist (TULIP):
I believe in the Five Solas:
I believe in The Apostles Creed:
"I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
My mission is to serve the non-medical needs of hospitalized veterans and provide chaplaincy services to local law enforcement officers.
I am also available to officiate weddings, funerals, baptisms, Holy Communion, infant dedication and other Christian Rites as requested.
The mission is organized in such a manner that it can be easily redirected by God at His will. I often refer to my back-pack as "my church." For it is in that back-pack that I conduct virtually all Acacia Outreach ministry.
A presence on the Internet is very important. This can be achieved either by iPhone (3G, Bluetooth, and/or WiFi), or laptop (Wired Network, WiFi and/or Bluetooth). I maintain many points of presence via several social networking accounts, an Internet web-page and a blog.
To aid in evangelism, A pastor friend in Australia provides free, high-quality tracts. The Pocket Testament League has sponsored the cost a quantity of their pocket-sized Gospels of John that also contain the plan and prayer of salvation.
This military-inspired concept of mobile ministry allows me to continue efforts wherever I may go. An example of which was during two trips to California. The first was to minister to my dying grandfather, Max Prueitt, at VAMC Loma Linda. Not only did I comfort and re-affirm Max's strength, but came into contact with almost every veteran on his ward. Later, after Max's death, I returned to California to perform his funeral/internment. I was present before and after the ceremony to console the over 125 people present. My goal was shake hands and speak with each person and actively reassure them of Max's salvation and slumber until Jesus' return. Much of this would not have been possible without the mobility of the "Back-Pack Church."
The primary method of the mission is presence.
- To visit veterans hospitalized in VA facilities and helping them (and their families) with any non-medical needs that can't be fulfilled by the VA.
- To be affiliated with a local law enforcement agency as a chaplain. I am a member in good standing and trained in Police Chaplaincy by the International Conference of Police Chaplains. My ICPC Basic Credential is complete and pending approval.
I use "Pocket Gospels of John" provided by the Pocket Testament League and tracts as the main tool for witness evangelism.
I am implementing use of the Internet and social networks as much as possible to garner relationships and accountability with like minded individuals, ministries and organizations throughout the Nation and the World.
I attend a local protestant, reformed Christian church to stay spiritually fed and accountable.
I am continuing my education by earning a Bachelor of Church Ministry from The Sure Foundation Theological Institute (TSFTI). There have been concerns from many of my friends about the accreditation of this degree. While TSFTI is not a highly accredited school, many of its credits transfer to universities such as Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary. I have thoroughly investigated the curricula and in my opinion as a professional educator, it will provide me a great start in the academics required to champion my mission and calling. The future will include continuing to Master's and Doctorate degrees.
The fundraising strategies are currently under revision. I feel that taking on a local community need and raising donations for that cause is the best way to spread word of my mission locally and help others at the same time. Any donations from weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc. are solicited.
The Acacia Outreach mission is very low overhead, but still needs approximately $750.00 in operations money annually. This money will cover web hosting, domain fees, association dues, credentialing, local travel and other petty cash expenses. Any funds in excess will be donated to causes related to those whom I minister: veterans and law enforcement benevolence.
Acacia Outreach operates as a "Free Church." The Free Church is fully explained by Peter Kershaw of Heal Our Land Ministries .
The preceding has been an extract of the Statement of Christian Faith and Mission Plan of Acacia Outreach Church. If you find anything missing, or feel I should expound on a subject, please tell me and I will add that information for your evaluation.