Chaplain Academy

2021 will undoubtedly bring unprecedented challenges our nation has never seen. There is an URGENT need for compassionate and skilled caregivers, ready to minister to the complex emotional and spiritual needs that are sure to arise. We felt compelled to offer an opportunity to get immersed in “all things CRI Chaplaincy” in a single, three-week academy. This is a call to messengers of hope and those who want to heal the hearts of those in crisis. 


Week 1: Chaplaincy Par Excellence; Mary Leonard (Sunday, February 28 – Friday, March 5)

  • Honing Chaplaincy Techniques
  • Dissociation Disorders
  • Human Trafficking

Week 2: Advanced Skillsets; Dr. Mickey Stonier (Sunday, March 7 – Friday, March 12)

  • Ministering to First-Responders
  • Suicide
  • Finding God in the Crisis

Week 3: Healing Trauma; Mike Hutchings (Sunday, March 14 – Friday, March 19)

  • Healing Trauma Prayer Model
  • Developing a Kingdom Mindset
  • Conflict Resolution

You can attend any week you would like; however, we strongly recommend attending all three, as we will build upon our gained knowledge and develop a deeply connected Chaplain Team. 


Here is what you can expect from The Chaplain Academy:


  • Get equipped to minister in the unique dynamics of the hour
  • Experience live training
  • Gain chaplaincy skills regarding grief, trauma, and loss
  • Engage in practical exercises
  • Learn how to minister to first-responders
  • Go on ministry outings in the Roanoke area
  • Understanding and ministering to disassociation disorders
  • Learn from and work with our Chaplain Team
  • Get immersed in the CRI culture
  • Understand and healing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Meet others with a heart like yours
  • Build confidence to operate in supernatural giftings
  • Receive advanced training and interact with our speakers
  • Advance your chaplaincy rank
  • Get rich personal ministry
  • Plug into new opportunities and become part of our team
  • Fulfill your annual continuing learning obligations as a CRI Chaplain

Prerequisites: Must be a credentialed CRI Responder. Weeks 2 & 3 require Basic Crisis Response Chaplaincy completion. Simply complete these courses through our CRI Academy before arrival.

Incentives: Attend two or more weeks and have your “Advanced Crisis Chaplaincy” requirement met towards becoming a Field Chaplain or Senior Chaplain. Attend all three weeks and be promoted to the next Chaplain level once you’ve completed one CRI deployment.

Cost: $190/week-ages 16 and up or $159/week-ages 13-15.

Overnight lodging ($18 shared cabin-$12 RV/Camper).

Email training@criout.com for additional information.


Register for the weeks you would like to attend –  (we highly encourage you to come for all three weeks)!

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Mary Leonard

Mary Leonard has been a CRI Senior Chaplain and Trainer since the early days of CRI in Kansas City. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her teachings not only valuable but enjoyable, and her zeal to reach the harvest in crisis is contagious. She and her wonderful husband Bob have been at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City for 15 years. They have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.


Mike Hutchings

Mike Hutchings has 35 years of pastoral, church planting, and pastoring pastors experience in a variety of church cultures including Baptist, Vineyard, Willow Creek, and Mennonite. In Peoria, Illinois, Mike partnered with the leadership team of a Transforming Revival Pastors’ Group where the city experienced significant transformation through the power of prayer and unity.

Mike conducts “Healing PTSD” training seminars throughout the country, training prayer ministers, clergy, chaplains, and counselors to utilize a healing prayer model to bring restoration to those suffering from PTSD.

He is currently the Director of Education for Global Awakening, an evangelistic ministry in Mechanicsburg, PA. He directs Dr. Randy Clark’s Global School of Supernatural Ministry and the Global Certification Programs. He is passionate about connecting pastors and leaders throughout the body of Christ to come together for transformation in their cities, and he strives to equip others to minister healing and wholeness to the world. He travels to churches and conferences near military bases in the United States, equipping churches to minister healing to those who suffer from PTSD. Mike also conducts weekend conferences on Kingdom Transformation and Transforming Revival. He has been married to his wife, Roxanne for 35 years, and has three children and five grandchildren.


Dr. Mickey Stonier

Dr. Stonier has served in pastoral ministry for over 45 years and been actively involved in planting over 100 church plants, orphanages, parachurch ministries, and numerous chaplaincy programs.

He serves as chaplain and instructor for multiple agencies in San Diego including Police, Fire/Rescue Departments, Medical Examiner’s office, and Emergency Medical Services. In addition, Mickey serves with the National Critical Response team that provides spiritual care to victims and families affected by weapons of mass destruction and major airline disasters.

Mickey is a member of the San Diego Critical Incident Stress Management organization and a certified trained instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation. He authored the book GODISNOWHERE: Where is God in the Midst of Your Pain? that provides practical and Biblical guidance to those going through a time of crisis.

His educational credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, a Masters of Divinity degree from Azusa Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Mickey is currently an Adjunct Professor at Azusa Pacific University Seminary and Bethel Seminary.

He and his wife Karen live in San Diego and have four children and four grandchildren.

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Feb 28 2021 - Mar 19 2021

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