The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


'Jesus, remember me'

Everette walked with peace to his execution

Moving from Richmond to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley in 1997 meant severing ties with two congregations: Lutheran Church of Our Saviour and the men on death row at Greenville Correctional Center, where I had been a volunteer chaplain for six years.

Frankly, I was relieved. While ministering to six men "on row" before and during their executions, I actually grew to like some of them. I listened to the men, ministered to them and then watched them die. Only Everette, whom I had visited every month, remained. On our last visit I offered, "If you get a date and want someone with you, let me know."

Two years later he asked me to walk with him into the chamber.

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