Class of 2008
Testimonies From Alumni:
Again, I want to thank you for being obedient when God gave you the vision to start CSI. It has truly been a blessing to me (you just don't know). Please tell your daughters and all the other instructors that it was just a tremendous blessing to be in their classes. I wish the classes were longer, because I know they have so much more information that I could benefit from. I love all of you. May God continue to bless each and every one of you.
What can I say, but to take a phrase you have already well used, " WHAT NOW?" So often in the Christian community you see people speaking about what they are doing and it just doesn't measure up to excellence. I am so glad that is not the case with CSI.
From the moment I walked into your center you have given, encouraged, and equipped regardless of why I was there. It didn't seem to matter to you whether or not I was there for your Chaplaincy course or not. You were just doing what you do. For someone who has more degrees than a thermometer, both you and staff reflect a caring, easy access attitude. I thank God for that; for which I know I could not have completed the class at the pace set.
From day one there is homework and a desire not only to have our homework turned in but understood. For this I thank you. Even the way the first chapters were copied for each lesson in case someone didn't have the books. And how you Dr. Judith took the time to help those who needed to order the books. You went over and beyond the call of duty. I'd like to see any other school Dean take it upon themselves and do all you do.
I pray God's continued blessings upon you and your staff endeavors. May the Lord richly bless you and yours and bring you favor with man. For I know you already have favor with God.
License and Certified from the National Chaplain’s Association
Chaplain Constanza Sanchez
Chaplain Deborah Austin before ordination.
Chaplain Deborah Austin after ordination.
A Chaplain's Charge of Direction
The charge you are about to receive is holy, sacred and consecrated. The work before you at times will seem impossible. The consequence before both yourself and the people God has called for you to Shepherd, will also call for you to constantly, seek His face (the Father), regarding His will.
You will have joyful times and sorrowful times, but as you stay faithful or as you stay unfaithful it will be God who will be the judge and will find you or not find you to be a Pastor Chaplain according to His heart.
Let me, therefore, exhort and beseech you, in the language of the Apostle, 1 Timothy 4:16. “Take heed unto thy self and to the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this, thou shalt both save thy self and them that heat thee.”
You are called to Pastor Chaplain in a time and place when and where you may expect great difficulties, perhaps uncommon trials. Keep your eyes fixed upon Christ. Let those promises and declaration of His be your encouragement, “Lo I am with you always: My grace is sufficient for thee.”
The time is coming when you and I must assemble, before God and Jesus Christ, and be under examination as to whether we have been Pastors Chaplain according to God’s heart or not.
I pray that the good Lord grant to you the mercy and grace you will need to be found faithful. When the Chief Shepherd appears, you may receive a crown of Glory which fadeth not away.
Commencement Ordination Program 2009