Beginning on Thursday, October 20, many Vandalia residents will begin seeing a person wearing a yellow safety vest with the word “Chaplain” embroidered on the back walking around the area of Main St., the Vandalia Branch Library, and Railroad Park.
Pastor Dean Frey, from the Beacon of Hope Assembly of God Church in Vandalia, is making himself available to area residents from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for prayer, support, counseling, and more.
Pastor Frey said he bought the vest 10 years ago as God spoke to his heart and that God wanted him to be available to the town.
Two years ago, Pastor Frey had the word “Chaplain” embroidered on the vest but he still put the vision aside.
After battling cancer the past couple of years, Pastor Frey said he’s now ready to take the next step.
“So it’s been in the works for far too long but God has done some in -credible things,” he noted. “…I just want to be available for the people of the town.”
Pastor Frey said he looks forward to helping folks in directing them with the help of his Bible and sharing God’s truth with them. While he looks forward to talking with those in need of help or those needing prayers, he did say that if anything illegal is told to him that he is obligated to report the situation as a criminal action.
Pastor Frey said he will be available during the time period for every Thursday from now until the foreseeable future.
He said some weeks he may not be available if something unexpected comes up.
His vision includes the possibility of having other pastors or other church officials in the Vandalia Area Ministerial Alliance sign up for the volunteer program in the future.