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A 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Dedicated to
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Pastor Gregory Kirk, United Gospel Rescue Mission Poplar Bluff MO

Pastor Gregory Kirk, United Gospel Rescue Mission Poplar Bluff MO

Pastor Gregory Kirk  Former USAF SSGT,  BA Th, MA Clinical Counseling, MA, CRS, RADC, MARS  United Gospel Rescue Mission Poplar Bluff MO

Fallen Soldiers March (FSM) is a much-needed organization. Every day soldiers are returning to the US after being deployed. Deployment has many problems—separation from family for long periods, combat, and atrocities of war all take a toll on the mind and soul of our brave men and women. FSM offers biblical counseling to help veterans find their way into wholeness. When I was invited to serve in this ministry as an FSM advisor, I knew that is where I wanted to be—and, more important, where God wanted me to be.

I’d like to share a true story that will give you some idea why I want to be part of such a ministry.

Last year I lost a dear friend I was counseling. He had been in the middle of the battle for Fallujah, and his tank was hit many times. Finally, a track was blown off, leaving him and his crew in the middle of the city. His tank commander was killed almost immediately, and Corp Ken (last name withheld for privacy) and his loader egressed through a hatch underneath and fought their way to safety, picking up fallen Taliban fighters’ weapons and using them to survive.

My friend returned to the US with many mental issues. The VA did the best they could to help him, but little progress was made. I met Ken when he came to the United Gospel Rescue Mission (UGRM) in Poplar Bluff MO with a suitcase of psych drugs and no hope. I was able to share the love of Jesus with him, and he accepted him as his savior.

I wish that was the end of the story for Ken. Sadly, he continued with his inner demons. Even though he stayed with the UGRM for a year, he eventually left and wandered the streets. Roughly one time a week Ken would show up at my office and give me a “sit rep.” One week he didn’t show. This turned into weeks of no contact. Finally, a police officer in a town far away called me one evening to tell me that Ken had taken his life, and the only piece of information in his ruck sack (which he always carried) was my card.

I performed his funeral. His mother came to me and said, “I have been wanting to meet you. Whatever you did for Ken was a miracle.”

Surprise, I said through my tears, “How so?”

 “After he stayed with you for a year, all he could talk about was this Jesus you told him about and how he was going to be free from all this pain one day.”

I am weeping as I write this because my love for Ken was so great. I used his Fallujah story in my message for his funeral. Part of me always wondered if it were true. That answer came a few weeks later. I was in my office when a phone call came in from an Army officer. The officer was looking for a Corp Ken’s family. I asked if I could know why. He said his office had received the message of his passing, and he wanted his family to receive a couple of medals he had earned—a Bronze Star for his actions in Fallujah and a Purple Heart for injuries received.

Needless to say, I found myself smiling with joy. Wow, Ken you really did what you said.

How many more Kens are out there? No one knows. However, groups like Fallen Solders March are using biblical counseling to see them come to Christ and let them know they can be free from the heavy burdens they carry. I am so thankful to be a part of that.

A little about me . . .

I love to tell people I was enlisted at birth. I was born into a USAF family. My father was a twenty-year USAF veteran who saw several tours in Vietnam and retired in 1975 as a CMSGT. Being in the military is all I ever knew.

At seventeen I entered the US Army Missouri National Guard, and in 1979 I entered the USAF. In the USAF I was in communications and served at Ft. Ritchie MD, Araxos AB Greece, and Offutt AFB NE. Then in 1983 I began to sense a strong call to gospel ministry but started the paperwork needed to reenlist in the military. Although I reenlisted on three separate occasions, each time something happened that annulled my reenlistment package.

Finally, I was called to the office of the retention officer at Offutt. He told me he had never seen three reenlistment packets get rejected because of incorrect signers or lost paperwork. The captain then asked me a strange question. “Are you a Christian?”

I answered affirmative.

He then asked, “Is God calling you to service.”

I looked at him in amazement. “Yes, sir, I believe he is.”

The Captain went on to explain that he also was a Christian attending a Southern Baptist church. He said the only explanation he could muster that my reenrollment hadn’t gone through was that God must be at work. I had to agree.

This led me to exit active military service and begin training for the ministry. However, I also remained in the US Army Reserves until 1989. Being raised on a military base had left me very little room for any trouble in my teen years, so when I completed my forms for my top-secret clearance, the application flew through, and eventually I was classified with a TS/SIOP ESI Code Word Clearance. This basically meant there was not much information I did not see. Working at SAC HQ allowed me to work with Gen Benjamin Davis, and I even met Gen Curtis Lemay once. I served as a combat air controller in the early 80s and was in several combat actions, operating as a covert force.

My ministry training continued through the years. I am a Registered Alcohol and Drug Counselor (RADC) and a Medically Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS) with the state of Missouri. I am currently a doctoral candidate at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, seeking a D.Ed. Min in Biblical Counseling. I am pursuing the  Association of Biblical Counselors Accreditation (ACBC) and will be commissioned as a Commissioned Alcohol Biblical Counselor (CABC) this year. Originally trained as an integrationist counselor, I am now fully on board as Biblical counselor and reject the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that I have taught and used for 20 years. I have a BA in theology from Fairhaven Baptist College, an MA in clinical counseling from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida, and an MA in CRS from Union University, Jackson, Tennessee. 

I have been married to the lovely Pamela Jones Kirk for forty years. We have three children and twelve grandchildren. I serve as executive director of the United Gospel Rescue Mission in Poplar Bluff MO and pastor of Grand Ace Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff.

I loved my time in the military and have a great love for all veterans. I do not know what my role will be with Fallen Solders March, but I pray that God will allow me to help in some significant way.

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