Keith Braddy, ’02

What do you do?
I am currently a United States Navy Chaplain holding the rank of Lieutenant aboard the USS WASP (LHD-1) as its Ship’s Chaplain. I have ministered to the pastoral needs of Sailors, Marines, and civilian government employees aboard the USS WASP, all while the ship was first to respond to the hurricane disasters that struck the Virgin Islands, Dominica, and Puerto Rico in 2017, and its recent historic deployment with the Navy’s F-35 fighter jet. Previously, I served as a Senior Pastor in the Church of God in Christ, Inc. for 14 years, and a Senior Chaplain in the South Carolina Department of Corrections for 5 years. In addition to my duties as a chaplain in the Navy, I serve my denomination as a member of its Leadership Conference Committee, and one of its hand-selected theologians chosen take part in the theological revision of its current discipline; the first revision to be completed in 50 years. I am also completing a Doctor of Ministry degree, and plan to complete my dissertation May 2019.
How did Union Prepare you for this?
What attracted me to Union was its commitment to diversity and pursuit of full academic freedom. My time at Union prepared me for my future ministry as a military chaplain because it gave me the tools to successfully care for all who seek my pastoral care in the pluralistic, but sometimes occupationally stressful setting of the US Navy. Union through its gifted faculty introduced me to formal academic theology that

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