Chaplain ends 8-year journey, achieves calling

U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Kristi L. Hopp, center, serves communion during her ordination ceremony in Peoria, Ill., June 6, 2014. The United Methodist Church ordained Hopp after completing an 8-year process of education and evaluation. She first became interested in the military during a Veterans Affairs hospital internship. “The stressors that we all are under in the Guard and being deployed are different. And yeah, sometimes we come back wounded, but then that’s kind of what war does,” she said. “It might not always wound us on the outside, but it can wound us on the inside. And so, it’s a very rewarding ministry to be able to serve here.” (Photo courtesy from Chaplain (Capt.) Kristi L. Hopp/Released)

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