Chaplain Maj. Mark Phillips
Partners in Care
"Partners In Care" is an initiative of the Tennessee National Guard Chaplain's Office. The purpose of this initiative is to coordinate support for Tennessee National Guard members and families through partner-ships with local faith communities. All faith communities are welcome to participate as"Partners In Care" congregations. Participating congregations agree to provide the TNG with a current list of supportive services offered, as well as a congregational point of contact for coordination and communication of information, referrals, and support. We currently have Partners in Care congregations located in West, East, Southeast and Middle Tennessee who offer services that include counseling, child care, basic household and auto repairs, lawn care, home cooked meals, child and teen mentoring, reunion support, single parent deployment support, emergency food, clothing and housing support, transportation, parenting classes and financial support. (This list is not exhaustive and availability varies by congregations)
For referrals to a Partners in Care congregation or to determine a supporting network in your city or county contact Chaplain MAJ Mark Phillips at 615-313-0746.
Military Marriage Mentors
Marriage mentoring offers practical support to couples as they face the inherent stresses of military life and new stages in marriage. This program encourages both older veteran and active-duty couples to communicate with younger couples. Instead of a “marriage counseling” type of mentoring, this program simply uses a successful, healthy couple as a role model. They share their experience through their stories. The wealth of resources in healthy military marriages can be mobilized to help strengthen younger married members.
The program is designed with flexibility to meet the demands of military schedules and deployments. Mentoring can occur in small groups or one-to-one couple meetings over a twelve-week or twelve-month format. Couples develop a friendship over guided conversations about marriage. They share their wisdom gained through experiences. Their stories surface marriage strengths, joys, memories, differences, challenges, and problem-solving skills.
The Continental Congress established Chaplains as an integral part of the Army of the United States on July 29, 1775. The Chaplaincy remains a relevant and integral part of the heritage and future of the Army. Chaplains have served in significant numbers from the earliest battles of the American War of Independence to the present. American Chaplains represent the unique commitment of the American social and religious culture that values freedom of conscience and spiritual choice as proclaimed in the founding documents.
The importance and influence of the Chaplain to the religious, moral, and spiritual health of the unit have been valued throughout the history of the Army. Army Chaplains represent faith groups within the pluralistic religious culture in America and demonstrate the values of religious freedom of conscience and spiritual choice. The impact of the Chaplaincy is its core commitment to the soul and spirit of the Army to: Nurture the Living, Care for Wounded, and Honor the Dead across the full spectrum of military operations.
The Army Chaplain Corps is organized to provide the most responsive religious support and ministerial presence. Religious support includes providing those aspects of religious education, clergy counsel and reassuring presence, authentic worship, and faith group expression.
In Tennessee, if you or another Servicemember you know is in crisis, call (855) 435-7492 for assistance 24 hours a day,
7 days a week. If this is a sexual assault issue, contact 615-342-9372.
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