Chaplain (Col.-Ret.) Kristina Moeller
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Work Phone: 800.222.3872, x2428
Retired as a colonel and chaplain for the U.S. Army, the Rev. Kristina Moeller embraces her new roles as American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) director of Chaplaincy & Specialized Ministries as well as ecclesiastical endorser for those serving in specialized ministerial settings.
“It is my privilege to serve as the ecclesiastical endorser for our denominational family,” she says. “Our chaplains and pastoral counselors are extremely talented and are an integral part of the strategic plan and direction for ABHMS.”
She has a special place in her heart for military chaplains, having walked in their shoes.
“Military chaplains focus their ministry and care toward soldiers and commanders, and the demands are intense,” she says. “I hope to care for them by offering prayer, a listening ear, professional guidance and encouragement. It is exciting to think that I might be able to better connect our military chaplains to our denominational family in new and creative ways.”
Remaining connected to the denomination is challenging, she explains, because of the military’s unique culture and tempo, frequent relocations and deployments and dearth of American Baptist Churches USA congregations near duty stations.
“I understand those challenges because I experienced them,” she says. “And I hope to assist our chaplains in overcoming them.”
Moeller was the first-ever female chaplain to hold the following positions: command chaplain, U.S. Army Reserve, Fort Bragg, N.C., 2011-2015; director, Reserve Component Integration, Office of the Chief of Chaplains, Pentagon, 2008-2011; and chaplain recruiter, Chicago, 2003-2006.
Achieving the rank of colonel, she says, has allowed her “the privilege to lead and connect others to systems and resources, while managing politics and bureaucracy.”
Moeller spends her free time hiking, kayaking and camping. In addition, she enjoys visiting her two adult daughters—Erica in Alaska and Diane in Chicago.
- Master of Divinity, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Ill.
- Master of Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle (Pa.) Barracks
- Bachelor of Science, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
- Clinical Pastoral Education, 4 units
- Lean Six Sigma Certification
- Deputy command chaplain, Army Medical Command, Pinellas Park, Fla., 2006-2008
- Transportation officer, 1986-1995
- Staff chaplain, Trauma 1-level hospitals
- Ordination: Nov. 2000
- Birthday: Aug. 17
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