A Workshop for Veterans & First Responders

Long shifts, poor sleep, and a dangerous work environment are not the only shared experiences of Veterans and First Responders. Both are more likely to experience trauma related to their job compared to the public. These experiences can impact us, our families, and faith. Join us as we partner with Institutional Ministries to focus on the impacts of moral injury, trauma, and how God has prepared us for peace.

Saturday, April 20th, 2024
8am – 1pm

Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
3700 S Casper Drive
New Berlin, WI 53151

7:45 - 8:00am  Arrive, coffee and pastries
8:15am  Session 1 – Moral Injury: Resilience and Resolution
10:00am Introduction to LMSG and Institutional Ministries
10:30am  Session 2 – Trained for War & Peace
12N – 1pm Lunch provided

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Workshop Speakers

Phil Henselin
Phil Henselin
Executive Director, Institutional Ministries

Pastor Henselin is passionate about supporting those who protect and support our Nation. He has served as a pastor to military families stationed in Connecticut, Virginia, and Mississippi during his ministry. Later, while serving in Rockford, Illinois, he volunteered as a police and fire chaplain. Concerned with the amount of distress he saw in officers, Phil took additional classes in PTSD and Moral Injury, and offered a support group for First Responders in the Rockford area. Since taking the call as Executive Director of Institutional Ministries in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Phil started an online support group for first responders which is held twice monthly via Zoom.

Moral Injury: Resilience and Resolution
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He saves those whose spirits have been crushed.”
Psalm 34:18

Think back to that incident which ended with you thinking, “No human being should be subjected to the sights, sounds, and smells which just assaulted me. I'd like it to go away, but this memory will stay with me." Whether you realized it or not, you suffered moral injury.

Moral injury happens to the whole self - on the mental, emotional, and spiritual planes at once. The Divine Physician describes this injury in Psalm 32, and He has healing for it. God hears, understands, and answers.

This presentation will help us understand moral injury and how it relates to us or our loved one, and will assist us in ministering to one another with the Gospel. We will acquaint ourselves with Biblical examples of moral injury and explore passages of lament and confession. We will provide direction and the Gospel’s encouragement, strength, and peace. But we won’t stop there. We understand that healing often also requires medical care, like any other injury. Therefore, we will discuss finding good psychological assets, both sources and people, who stand ready to assist you in your efforts to receive or bring God’s healing.

Justin Shrum
Justin Shrum
Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church

Pastor Shrum is a US Navy Veteran with service at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and on the USS San Jacinto. His enlistment included deployments to the Persian Gulf and Mediterranean regions. Pastor Shrum is married to his wife, Stacy, and they have two children: Kora, who is heaven with Jesus and their adopted son, Judah. Pastor Shrum's love for those in uniform led him to serve in an additional role as a Chaplain assisting law enforcement officers in his county.

Trained for War & Peace
"Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle."
Psalm 144:1

As warriors we exist and function in a state of readiness. We prepare for battle! We're trained and equipped for what's down range. Yet, what about after that? Are we ready for what lies beyond the LZ? Are we trained for the cease fire and equipped for peace? Preparedness only goes so far, and many find the welcomed transition home, and the anticipation for family, uneasy and overwhelming. Wars on foreign soil may end for the warrior but the battlefield for the heart, mind, and soul of the returning warrior is still in conflict with a home front consumed by the fog of war. However, the LORD our Rock has also equipped not only our hands and fingers but our whole person for Peace.
Brad Price
Brad Price
President/CEO - Lutheran Military Support Group

Brad is a US Army Veteran with experience in search & rescue and detention services. He deployed in 2005 and served on a protective services detail (PSD) in Baghdad, Iraq. Brad was assigned as a Cavalry Scout Instructor following deployment, where he separated as a staff sergeant. He joined LMSG in 2022 and serves as President and CEO. Brad also serves as the Executive Director for Footnotes Trauma Foundation. He is married to his wife, Laura, and has two sons.

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