Ken Boehm spreads God’s message to some 2,000 people a day—and at least 1,500 horses.
Granted, the horses may not understand what he’s saying. But they benefit nonetheless because Boehm’s words—and daily actions—help those who care for the four-legged athletes.
|As chaplain of Churchill Downs, Ken Boehm prays with the jockeys before the start of all first races. And he’s also among the first on the tracks when an accident happens.|
Boehm is the chaplain of Churchill Downs
, Louisville, Ky., home to the annual Kentucky Derby—the 5 p.m. fifth race on the first Saturday in May. A member of Ascension Lutheran Church
, Louisville, Boehm has held a call with the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America
for 17 years—a second life in his ministry.
After a divorce, Boehm, then a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
pastor, left the congregation he served in Tampa, Fla., and visited family in New Jersey. He spoke to a counselor who turned him onto the Racetrack Chaplaincy
. Today he is the only Lutheran chaplain among the 60 clergy at the 100 tracks and training facilities served by the chaplaincy.
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