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Chaplain Academy

We live in a world with trauma, grief, and loss. It is easy to meet the physical needs of those going through a crisis, but what about the complex spiritual and emotional needs that arise? 

Chaplains are skilled caregivers, ready to minister and bring comfort to those who are hurting.

They are agents of HOPE!

Crisis Response International is offering a three-week intensive academy that you have the option to attend all three weeks OR any week that you desire. (see below for full schedule)

Come get activated in compassion, go deeper in your proficiency and get involved with others who have the heart to change the world.

Our Chaplaincy program offers various credentialed designations for crisis deployment within CRI, and our training will help you minister wherever you go in life. We are now offering ordination for chaplains who meet the requirements, including involvement in our chaplaincy team, disaster deployments, and annual training. This will enable Chaplains to work in their local communities, hospitals, emergency services, etc. The full details of Chaplaincy Ordination will be rolled-out and explained during each week of the Chaplain Academy. We encourage all pursuing this to attend as much as you can as it will help you meet some of the requirements. 

Schedule & Content

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

Registration closed for this week; please register for weeks 2 & 3 below

Week 2: Advanced Skillsets (Sunday, March 7 – Friday, March 12)

Registration closed for this week; please register for week 3 below


Week 2 Dedicated to Jim Babylon (1964-2017) & Suicide Prevention/ Postvention
Jim served CRI as a Responder, Trainer, Deployment Leader (most notably during the refugee crisis in Lesvos, Greece) and was loved by all.  Jim retired from South Metro Fire Rescue after 25 years of service.  He had a huge heart and was dedicated to sharing his vast amount of knowledge and helping others.


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

Mike Hutchings

  • Full Healing Trauma Prayer Model
  • 5-Step Physical Healing Prayer Model
  • Holy Spirit Power/Impartation
  • Living With a Kingdom Mindset
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Impartation Time With Mike Hutchings

CRI Chaplain Team

  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Deployment Debriefing
  • Deployment Intercession
  • Prophetic Ministry
  • Chaplaincy In Our Communities


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
  • Learn how to become a CRI Ordained Chaplain
  • 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 or Advanced 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 the first deployment requirement will be waived, and current CRI Chaplains will be promoted to the next Chaplain level. 

Cost Per Week: $190-ages 16 and up or $159-ages 13-15.

Overnight lodging ($18 shared cabin or couples/family housing-$12 RV/Camper).

Email for additional information.



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CRI Chaplain Team (from left to right: Mike Gooch, Louanne Doody, Jennie Sloan, Helen Kuehl)


Sean Malone

After months of prophetic intercession on top of buildings in lower Manhattan, Sean was thrust into rescue efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. There he provided lighting for the search and rescue operations due to his background in major motion pictures. In 2005, he and his family moved to New Orleans at the word of the Lord, which landed them there just days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. They saw a mighty outbreak of God’s power in the wake of the storm, with many signs and wonders following. This is where the seeds for being involved in crisis response work were planted. In 2007 he and his wife Laura officially launched Crisis Response International. Since then, CRI has trained over ten thousand volunteers to reach the harvest in the midst of crisis in the power of the Holy Spirit. He serves as the Director of Crisis Response International with the mission to train and mobilize relief workers and full-time crisis response missionaries to bring God’s power and love to transform communities around the world.

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.

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.

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.

CRI Chaplain Team

CRI Chaplain Team (from left to right: Mike Gooch, Louanne Doody, Jennie Sloan, Helen Kuehl)


Mar 14 - 19 2021
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