The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Grounding fliers in faith


"Four years ago, I wondered: ‘I wear a collar and high heels, how am I going to wear combat boots?’" says Christine Blice-Baum. Before becoming one of the ELCA's 132 active duty military chaplains, Blice-Baum was a campus pastor and church music professor at Thiel College, an ELCA school in Greenville, Pa.

Today Blice-Baum serves several Air Force squadrons at a base in Ramstein, Germany — the hub for U.S. food drops over Afghanistan. For the 45-year-old mother, it means not only continuing a meaningful ministry with young adults and families but keeping up with athletic young soldiers.

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