First-Responder Chaplaincy, Part 1 (Work of the Chaplain Podcast #50)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain Passage for this episode is Ezekiel 16:49 which says, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from A.B. Simpson. He said, “Forget yourself and live for others, for It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: First-Responder Chaplaincy (Part 1)

Facing a world of criminals, disasters, terrorists, or emergencies of every kind, first responders live in a world of high stress, danger, and uncertainty. Into this milieu of emergency services, we add the bureaucratic aggravation of institutions, statutes, policies, procedures, and chain-of-command. Further compounding the frustration are the personal circumstances of family, finances, health, obligations, and career. With all the typical concerns of anyone who works in the marketplace, a first responder faces the additional challenges of serving the public at large during unusual—and sometimes difficult—circumstances.

First responders include law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, and other emergency and disaster relief personnel. Many have chosen these professions because of the perceived control that is consistent with being in charge. On the job, the public expects them take control of the scene and bring order to chaos. There is an expectation that first responders will do whatever is necessary to fulfill their duty—to complete their task. Consequently, many first responders have adopted the attitude of completely dominating the situation to accomplish the task. There is no room for error; the public (and the bureaucrats) expect positive outcomes every time.

There is a unique culture of machismo among first responders that has nothing to do with being male or female. While this has been considered a negative masculine trait in some societies, first responders have adopted the very best and most positive characteristics of being macho. They have accepted the role, rights, and responsibility of taking control of many situations to protect or assist the innocent. They are internally motivated to take action, make quick decisions, calmly face danger if necessary, and assist others at all times. They demonstrate the most positive aspects of machismo by being courageous and honorable—faithful and trustworthy to those who are his or her professional family. They occupy a place in the brotherhood and sisterhood that is the first-responder family—and no one messes with the family. There is great respect for order and chain-of-command as well a certain expectation of taking care of the family—the professional family sometimes at the risk of the personal family.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.

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Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society University, and this is “The Work of a Chaplain”. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are interested in serving others through chaplaincy, pastoring, coaching, and counseling to learn the basics of this profession.

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and $whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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