Chapel Team

Chaplain Crandell
Chaplain Gilliam

Master Sgt. Magee
Staff Sgt Starzyk
Staff Sgt Taylor
Senior Airman McClain

Office: 775.788.4651

Worry Free


The 152nd Airlift Wing Chaplain, Ch. Donny Crandell periodically brings in guest speakers for our Worry Free Wednesday.

These discussions are provided free of charge--and you may even get to partake in some doughnut eating!

Join us on Wednesdays in the Wing Commander's Conference Room for Worry Free Wednesday.

worship schedule

Catholic Services
Confession: 1400      
Mass: 1430

Fellowship and Prayer
Christian Services
LDS/Mormon Services
Islamic Prayer
1300 Saturday & Sunday

152nd airlift wing base chapel

The Air Force Chaplain Corps provides spiritual care and the opportunity for Airmen, their families, and other authorized personnel to exercise their constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.

What we strive to bring to you:

Worship Services
Diversity Programs
Confidential Counseling
Religious Studies
Crisis Response

And Much More, Ask Us!

A Word from our Wing Chaplain – “I want our Chapel experience to be filled with warmth, love, good instruction, inspiration, and of course… free doughnuts. All are welcome, see you there!” - Chaplain Crandell

“Caring is not a Religious thing or a Military thing, it is simply a human thing.” - Master Sgt. Magee, 152nd Airlift Wing Chaplain Assistant

“The Chaplains may be officers, but see them first as friends and mentors. They are the last people you should ever stray from.” - Senior Airman McClain, 152nd Airlift Wing Chaplain Assistant

"So… What Else do we do? We also do magic tricks, play music, and cook. We will even come visit you to say ‘Hi’, just call us if you want to hang out!” - Staff Sgt. Taylor, 152nd Airlift Wing Chaplain Assistant



Forgiving Yourself
By Maj. Donny Crandell
152nd Airlift Wing Chaplain

“Be at peace with yourself and then you will be able to bring peace to others”
– Thomas A Kempis

When it comes to the issue of forgiveness, one of the most overlooked aspects is forgiving one’s self. Many of us live with a degree of personal anger toward ourselves because of wrongs we have done, worldly desires, selfish pursuits, hurtful responses, acting carelessly, foolishly or irresponsibly. As Gary Chapman says, "Often, falling short of our own expectations can provoke self-focused anger. Our guilt, regret and shame can sometimes haunt us, even though things may be going well in our lives." So, what can a person do to forgive themselves? Gary Chapman lists five good ways to be angry at yourself:

1.    Admit your anger. Write down or share with someone you can trust, the thoughts and feelings that accompany your anger. Say them aloud to yourself and say them in a prayer to God.

2.    Examine your anger. Definitive anger at myself means that my anger grows out of an actual wrong that I have committed. Distorted anger means that my anger has arisen from a perceived wrong rather than a real wrong. Guilt, shame and embarrassment for violating moral principles is real, brings definitive anger and must be processed… which brings us to the third way.

3.    Confess wrongdoing to God and accept His forgiveness. (I John 1:9) is a beautiful promise of God’s faithfulness in forgiving us when we confess to him. True repentance of sin is always accompanied by a desire to admit our wrongdoing and to make restitution to those against whom we have sinned.

4.    Choose to forgive yourself. Forgiving yourself is much like forgiving someone who has sinned against you. You choose to no longer hold the sin against them. Forgiving ourselves does not necessarily remove the pain, the hurt, or the memory of wrongdoing. But it does open the door to healing with ourselves and those we may have hurt.

5.    Focus on positive actions by learning from your failures. Take positive action in loving the person you have wronged.

 A great way to follow up with step 5 is to pray a prayer like this:

“Father, help me to learn the lessons I need to learn from my past failures”

 Most of this document are excerpts from Anger, Taming a Powerful Emotion, Gary Chapman 

Have a great drill High Rollers!


A Post Father’s Day Message
By Maj. Donny Crandell
152nd Airlift Wing Chaplain

In a recent book entitled, “Hero, Being the strong father your children need,” pediatrician Meg Meeker says about fathers, “Every day that your children see you, they’re shaped by you. And equally important, they’re also shaped by your absence when you’re not there. So be very careful. You are the giant in their lives. For good or ill, you are not only great, you are larger than life. When children look at their father they want to see the kindest, smartest, strongest, greatest man on earth who loves them and respects them and is interested in them; that is part of your greatness.”1

I think Meg Meeker is right! We live in a fatherless generation. Although mothers are invaluable, I also believe that the God-given role of fatherhood is invaluable. In the quote above, we find that fathers have the awesome opportunity and responsibility to: love; respect and be interested in their children’s lives. There is no adequate substitute for the time, love and investment that a father gives to his children. But, it’s no small task living in a world of busyness, complacency and broken relationships. Single parenting is higher than it’s ever been. I’m grateful to my parents who have now been married for 53 years. They stuck together and worked through hard times so they could be an example to my sister and me. My dad’s investment of being my little league coach for 5 consecutive years, are years that shaped me forever. Father’s also play a pivotal role in the lives of their daughters. When daughters receive healthy love and affection from Dad, they’re less likely to look for it in inappropriate ways. Of course, not even perfect parents are guaranteed to have perfect children. But, why not tip the scales toward our children’s success by being an engaged father who loves, cares and makes his children a top priority. Dad’s keep up the good work and never forget, “time spent with your children is always time well spent.”

1. Meg Meeker, Hero – Being the strong father your children need (Washington DC: Regnery Publishing) 2017



From outside to within the Chapel Corps
By Senior Airman John McClain
152nd Airlift Wing Chapel Corps

Five and a half years ago, I enlisted as an aircraft maintainer working on drones. Every step of the way, I have worked with and around the Chapel teams getting to see the outside view right up until I cross-trained to be part of their team and play on the other side of the fence.

During basic training, freedom to get out from under the T.I.’s boot was rare and sought after by any and every trainee. I initially participated as a Chapel Guide only as a way to escape myself for several hours on Sunday to assist with the services provided during training. The longer I had done so, the more it became noticeable that the services were a colossal stress relief for all both with time to sit down and relax, free from the T.I.’s gaze, and the freedom to casually chatter with others. It was indeed a sanctuary for the participants and volunteers like myself.

All the while officers of any rank intimidated almost everyone. It was a relief that an individual could see a Chaplain as more of a friend than a fear-provoking rank. A final thing I noticed during basic however, and arguably one of the most important, was that many trainees never had been separated from their families and friends for so long. It gave realization to some, myself included, that God was the one friend that couldn’t be separated from us.

Such observations remained true during the venture through tech school. Students could escape and relax at Recreational Centers, many of which the chapel team sustained. The proverbial leash may have loosened here, but instead of constant instructors watching you, a trainee had their academic scores to create the stress. Kicking back to read a book or play a game or two helps ease the mind off everything. Once in a while, I’d even noticed the commander come in and play games with trainees! Unbelievable, but an amazing boost to know even an O – 6 wasn’t completely terrifying.

Skipping ahead, I continued to volunteer and help the Chapel Corps in various ways until palace chasing and re-enlisting under the 152nd AW as a Chaplain Assistant. Recently returning from tech school, I can’t complain all that much. I don’t get to see dozens of Airmen on a day to day basis as I would on a training base. The activities I partake in aren’t always a breeze or always fun, but even the day-to-day is dedicated to the Airmen and their families. We at the Chapel Corps have one of the most unique jobs available and one of the best. We get to put on all the fun stuff, see a majority of the base smiling, and bring light to the few that need the smile restored. We are the people that care for the people. That is the mission I couldn’t see from the outside, but had been doing all along.


Prolifically Publishing Pastor
By Maj. Jason Yuhasz
152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

RENO- The 152nd Airlift Wing is blessed to have wing Chaplain Maj. Donny Crandell as part of its Chaplain Corps.  In addition to meeting the spiritual needs of those stationed at the Air Guard base in Reno, he’s lead Pastor of the Faith Community Church in nearby Sparks, Nev., is a Toastmaster and is a published author.  

“When I’d preach a sermon, I realized that, sometimes, folks wouldn’t remember its message for long after they heard me speak.” This thought was the genesis of his published works.

“That’s when I came up with the idea of publishing some of my sermon topics,” Crandell said.  “Sermon messages in the form of a book form would also help me reach a larger audience.”  With help from a fellow pastor, he began the process of publishing.   

Thus far Crandell has authored six books.  Five of which are faith-based and relay messages of how to: build confidence, practice leadership, resolve conflict and live a fuller, better daily life.  The books draw from biblical references and expand on the study of Holy Scripture. 

“I’ve spent quite a bit of time studying the life and acts of King David,” he mentioned.  “It seems like many military people can identify with Kind David- as he was a warrior.”  “Words of a Warrior: Life Lessons from King David,” published in 2013, was Crandell’s first published book.  He mentioned that there’s a certain appeal for military readers.  David was a king and a warrior.

The remaining book, “Audience Connexion,” helps readers connect and engage with audiences.

The books are relatively short.  They’re under 100 pages and are written for a layperson.  Crandell’s passion is to communicate in a way that a 5th-grader could understand the writing and message.  He also strives for his writing to be relevant, practical and useful in everyday life. 

Initially, he gave his books away as Christmas presents at the Air Guard base.  They’re now available in “e-book” and hardcopy form.  From various online retailers. 

For more information, readers can visit the websites, or visit his office in the base chapel at the 152nd Airlift Wing in Reno.