Besides being a behind-the-scenes rock star and Jazz connoisseur of sorts; Chaplain Harold Carl is a pretty fun guy to hang out with. At least I had quite the experience getting to know him. Chaplain Carl Graduated from Malone University in Ohio with a degree in Music Education. During his free time in college, he played with a Christian Rock band performing numerous shows; including opening up for some larger bands. But, his plans to teach music would eventually change. During his junior year at Malone, God came knocking and put a calling in his life to minister. Needless to say, He answered the door.
As the chaplain for LeTourneau, Dr. Carl has a chance to interact with many aspects of student’s spiritual lives here on campus, some of those ministries being reflected in the spiritual life programs provided here on campus. Chaplain Carl described the new chapel series this semester as a challenge for students to explore making spiritual commitments such as sponsoring a child or helping out at a shelter—anything to get students active in the communities and workplaces as Christian stewards for God. His new program, Life Groups, is also made to reflect over onto the Chapel series giving student the opportunity to interact with Mentors and discuss any confusion or questions that may have come up from the chapel services. He gained this concept from a book called The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg, copies of which were given to the mentors and student chaplains around Campus.
As for this semester, Chaplain Carl has a few exciting events planned that offer students the opportunity to get out and get active within their spiritual lives. These events will include a Prison Ministry trip to Dallas that will require about 50 students during the first weekend in November. Students will receive evangelism training through Bill Glass Champions for Life, and have an amazing opportunity to give their testimonies. Also on campus are the student chaplains which Chaplain Carl works hand in hand with to ensure students are given someone to talk to and discuss their spiritual lives with.
Dr. Carl is an extremely interesting man in every aspect of life, and I was extremely glad to have the chance to get to know who he is apart from the speaker and musician behind the microphone. If you can sit down and chat with him, make sure that you take that opportunity and benefit from it. When asked what his goal was for the students of LeTourneau this year, he gave me a very simple answer, “don’t be complacent in your faith, and grow spiritually”.
Written by Gerald D. Salzarulo