Belton, Texas – Dr. David Howard, professor at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will be the guest speaker at the annual Chief of Chaplain's Senior Leader Development Training at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, March 1-4, 2011. He was invited by the U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Carver. The theme for the training event is "Spiritual Leadership: Living Our Call, Loving Our Soldiers."
Attendees of the conference will be personnel who have been actively engaged in providing ministry to Soldiers and families through multiple deployments in support of the ongoing conflict. Dr. Howard has been invited to provide the spark to challenge, encourage and refresh the spirits of those present so they can return and continue to minister to those who serve our country in the Armed Forces.
The audience includes the senior Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants from all components (Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve) and various faith backgrounds including Chaplain representatives from various armies throughout the world, a total of about 350. Also present will be approximately 100 spouses.
Dr. Howard has a breadth of experience serving military personnel and their families as a chaplain, licensed marriage and family therapist and approved supervisor, family life educator, and university professor. While on active duty for 20 years in his first career as an Army Chaplain, he ministered to Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, and DOD personnel and their families while assigned with the artillery, infantry, armor, combat aviation, air defense, as well as chapel and family life chaplain ministries at Forts Carson, Lewis, Knox, and Hood, as well as in Germany, Johnston Island, and Korea.
His second career has included faith-based marriage and family therapy and family life education, providing counseling and educational ministries with civilian and military personnel and their family
members. He has conducted family life education workshops, conferences, and retreats such as pre- and post deployment adjustment, marriage strengthening for adopting couples, parenting skills for divorcing couples, and unit ministry team post deployment retreats.
Dr. Howard is now in his third career as university professor where he has launched a graduate program in Marriage and Family Christian Counseling at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He has focused on developing a theologically integrated program for Family Life Chaplain Training associated with the Fort Hood Chaplain Family Life Training and Resource Center. He continues to build the graduate program to equip civilian and military students, spouses, and retirees to serve military personnel and their families through his teaching, mentoring, and supervising students at UMHB.