Our congregation has a big veteran population. We take them on field trips like recently to the Lone Star Flight Museum. We offer presentations by the Texas Veterans Commission and others. On June 3rd, 2018 we will bring the Vet Church experience to our Sunday morning worship at 10 am. Vet Church is a community of nearly 3,000 veterans who share life on Facebook and in the real world. The driving force behind it is Matt Williams.
Retired Army Chaplain, The Reverend Dr. Matthew Owen Williams (Matt) was medically retired in 2013 at Ft. Campbell, KY. Matt has chronic pain and struggles with PTSD and Moral Injury. He is now a singer songwriter who is working through his own pain while encouraging other Veterans and Military Families to actually ‘BE’ all that they can be.
“In a world of Virtual Reality, Virtual Friends and Virtual Connection, I had a simple Idea. I would travel around America and play songs to the folks I went to Afghanistan and Iraq with. So many people liked the songs that I just kept singing, writing and playing that guitar. I am just trying be- a face-to-face encouragement. I am trying to be real in a world of virtual. As a Veteran so much about life is surreal. I just want to be real. These songs are me and my military experience: happy, sad, angry –all of It.” –Matt Williams
Matt keeps singing and playing and in this way blesses communities all over the country with his guitar and songs. On June 3rd he will lead our worship service alongside Rev. Daniel Haas so we will all have a chance to extend the love of Christ to those with pain and problems. Vet Church is a bit different than normal church in that it is a virtual community designed specifically for Veterans and those who struggle with PTSD, Moral Injury, Depression, Anxiety, Physical Pain and other Stuff. Please join them online and please join Matt live in Rosenberg on June 3rd.