Into 2021: NACM Chaplaincy Course Trains over 1,000 Members!

         Rev Rodger Niemeier, NACM Chaplaincy Program Director

I’m so happy to report at the beginning of this 2021 year, with so many challenges to face in America as well as many countries around the world, the NACM has added to the Lord’s “army” over 1,030 ordained, trained (through our NACM Christian Chaplaincy Course) and licensed NACM member CHAPLAINS!  We never anticipated the Lord calling so many into chaplaincy, but it certainly makes sense given the increasing great need among the Lost and Hurting outside the church walls.

May this “workforce” in the Lord continue to grow in number, but also in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to significantly impact those in nursing homes, jails, on our streets, in hospitals, our amazing military members and their families, our policemen and firemen, EMT’s and First Responders – and all those in crisis!  Let’s pray that pastors and churches deliberately rally behind these brave Christian chaplains, supporting them with prayer, encouragement and recognition since they exemplify reaching out to the Hurting in some of the most challenging circumstances this life can bring.

We have also become an endorsing ecclesiastical organization for chaplains entering the various military branches, having officially endorsed several NACM chaplains.


Link to NACM Chaplaincy Program:

Link to NACM Chaplaincy Course:

Link for APPLICATION for Chaplaincy Licensing withe the NACM:

[The 20% tuition discount is still available: send an email to to get the discount code]

Rodger Niemeier, Exec Elder (27)

Born 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA; Born AGAIN in 1972 at Kent State University, OH.Education: Westminster College PA ( BA in Bible & English, 1974); Asbury Theological Seminary KY (MDiv in Pastoral/Cross-Cultural Missionary, 1986)Ministries: New Wilmington UMC, PA (youth/ass't pastor: 1972-4); Bowersville UMC, OH (ass't pastor: 1975-6); Brookville United Brethern (Adult Teacher: 1976); Life Anew Ministries, OH (urban residential recovery ministry: ass't pastor/street ministries/nursing home ministry/jail ministry 1975-1981); Dayton Christian Schools, OH (Bible/English teacher: 1976-1981); Short Term Mission trips in Nome, AK (Inuit (Eskimo) outreach: 1975 - 1980); Nicholasville C&MA, KY (ass't pastor; young adults; church plant: 1982-86); Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church (C&MA), WA (Native American church plant: 1988-2001); Hands of Creation Native Artists Co-op, Seattle, WA (director - cross-cultural outreach: 1994-2002); Immigration Detention Center, WA (Bible study outreach: 1994-1995); Seattle Indian Health Board (Thunderbird Inpatient Treatment Ctr), WA (chemical dependency recovery teacher; vocational counselor: 1999-2013); Eagle Wings Native American Ministries, WA (founding director: abuse/chemical dependency recovery: 2003-present); National Association of Christian Ministers, Online Ministerial Association (Vice President/Executive Elder: 2010 to present).Ministry focuses: Bible Teacher; Pastoral; Counseling (chemical dependency & abuse recovery); Educator (Christian living; ministry training); Administrator; Cross-cultural Missionary (Native Americans/Indigenous People).Testimony: Though raised in a "nominal" Christian home, I did not come to Christ until my first year at college, at Kent State Univ. in 1972, amidst Vietnam War protests and riots on that campus. Inner emptiness drove me to seek God, and I came to Christ in my university dormitory room on my knees after reading the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. There Christ made Himself and His love clearly known to my heart. Immediately I lost interest in architectural studies and transferred to a Christian college, majoring in Bible and English (writing). I was fortunate to have a wonderful Methodist minister to mentor me in those early growth years, and soon sensed the Lord's leading to pursue more biblical training through seminary. After 2 disappointing experiences at 2 seminaries, I got involved in an inner city, live-in street ministry that helped young people come to Christ out of drug addictions. I also became a secondary Christian school teacher for a few years, did 5 short term missions in outreach ministry to Eskimos in Alaska, got married and had my first and only son.Later I became convinced I needed to complete my seminary training, finding Asbury Theological Seminary in KY: no disappointments this time. The training for pastoral and cross-cultural ministries was excellent, as well as being a tremendous time for my own spiritual formation. I met Christian & Missionary Alliance people there and felt led to join them, preparing to plant a church for Native People, I hoped, in Alaska. However, circumstances placed me in Seattle, WA, instead, and with a ministry partner we planted an urban Native church (1988). This challenging work continued for 16 years. Over those years, the Lord showed us that there was a debilitating, unresolved Native problem that was not being addressed: the widespread experience of Native People with past abuse related to having the highest alcoholism rater of all people in the USA. . As a result, by God's grace I, and a couple Native Christians from our former Seattle Intertribal Alliance church, started a new ministry: Eagle Wings Native American Ministries (2003). Though officially "retired", my wife (recovering from 30 years of domestic violence and abuse - father, former husband) and I continue to minister to area Native People in recovery from past abuse and chemical dependency.In 2010 I came across the NACM seeking Christian ordination. Later that year I accepted the invitation to be an Executive Elder and Vice President. I greatly enjoy ministering to fellow ministers and receiving encouraging ministry from them!

6 thoughts on “Into 2021: NACM Chaplaincy Course Trains over 1,000 Members!”

  1. I had started taking the Chaplaincy course and had to discontinue, I would like to begin the course over again and I also wanted to take the Theological class as well. Can you advise me on how I do these. Thank you……..Sincerely Eleanor D Manuel 

    • Hi Eleanor – yes, you can come back to the Chaplaincy Course.  You are still registered (it has no deadline for completion, so it is always available to you to re-enter and start again where you left off).

      Go to this web address to login to the course:  (click on SIGN IN in the upper righthand corner of that webpage)  is your email address you will need to use when it asks for your email address (it's your username for signing in); then whatever password you created (if you don't remember your password anymore, email me at: – and I'll send you a PASSWORD RESET email that lets you set up a new passoword).  It looks like you completed up through Lesson 1, item #7, and so ready to start item #8 (and I assume you purchased your two textbooks for the course – as indicated in item #2 in the INTRODUCTION unit just before Lesson 1).  

      If you have any problems getting back into the course, just email me and we'll help you get set up again (

  2. I'd like to take a brief moment to encourage anyone who is heeding God's calling into the chaplaincy to seriously consider taking Elder Rev. Niemeier's course. You will learn so much about this vital area of ministry and also about yourself. I recently completed the course and the blessings and insight from God bestowed upon me were just beyond incredible. The course is challenging and thought provoking, but is enriching and educating every step of the way. The course is self-paced and written in a way that is easy to understand. The best part of the course is at the end of each module, there is a forum discussion. Rev. Niemeier and other classmates actively participate in the discussions. And don't be concerned about asking any questions or sharing what God has taught you throughout the course or through your personal experiences. Anyone can complete this course with prayer and easy effort. The books are great cornerstones of reference. This is a five-star course! Even if you're not considering chaplaincy, the NACM Chaplaincy Course is worth taking anyway. I give it two thumbs up and enthusiastically recommend this course to everyone!

    • Thank you, Dusty, for your encouraging words and testimony to the course.  We are indeed living in a Day in which the skills of the chaplain are even appropriate and necessary for the pastor, the evangelist, and any mode of ministry!  Thank you again for posting about the NACM Christian Chaplaincy course!

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