Chapel hosts Clergy Day

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Borger, 17th Training Wing chaplain, kneels for an open prayer session during Clergy Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Borger gathered 25 local pastors to teach them about Goodfellow, its mission and its service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Borger, 17th Training Wing chaplain, kneels for an open prayer session during Clergy Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Borger gathered 25 local pastors to teach them about Goodfellow, its mission and its service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Borger, 17th Training Wing chaplain, speaks during Clergy Day at the Crossroads Student Ministry center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Borger let local pastors know how they are needed to be able to provided spiritual support to Goodfellow service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Borger, 17th Training Wing chaplain, speaks during Clergy Day at the Crossroads Student Ministry center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Borger let local pastors know how they are needed to be able to provided spiritual support to Goodfellow service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs photojournalist apprentice, speaks during Clergy Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Hines provided local pastors with information about Goodfellow’s history and heritage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Seraiah Hines, 17th Training Wing Public Affairs photojournalist apprentice, speaks during Clergy Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Hines provided local pastors with information about Goodfellow’s history and heritage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th Training Wing vice commander, speaks during Clergy Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Sorrell welcomed local clergy who came to Goodfellow to get a better understanding of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th Training Wing vice commander, speaks during Clergy Day at the Taylor Chapel on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 24, 2018. Sorrell welcomed local clergy who came to Goodfellow to get a better understanding of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards/Released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 17th Training Wing chapel staff held a Clergy Day with 25 San Angelo pastors at the Taylor Chapel, May 24.

Lt. Col. Robert Borger, 17th TRW chaplain, hosted the event as a way to connect with local clergy and build stronger community relationship.

“Clergy Day is about bringing ministers that have their hearth in the city together, share experience and learn how to partner with one another,” said Borger. “I think it’s important to put aside barriers and learn how to work together for the community.”

During the event, the clergy met with Col. Jeffrey Sorrell, 17th TRW vice commander, and learned about Goodfellow’s mission.

“Now the local ministers know what our mission is and how they can better serve the people that attend their churches,” said Borger. “Only a small fraction of people at Goodfellow attend the base chapel. A majority of the people attend church in the local community, so now that they know what the mission is, they can kind of get what they are going through.”

The chaplain and clergy also participated in an open prayer session, where anyone who wanted to speak received the opportunity.
The event finished off with a lunch social allowing the local clergy to network with each other.

“We got to build relationships today,” said House of Faith pastor, Todd Nelson. “I don’t know that I know even half of the pastors here. Anything that can build unity and where pastors can come together and make an impact in our city, I’m all for that.

“Chaplain Borger mentioned that last Clergy Day only five individuals came and it was such a great turnout today. Next year, I would encourage other pastors and ministries to take advantage of and be a part of it.”