Chaplaincy Intensive

Tuesday, April 9 - Saturday, April 13

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Do you have a heart of compassion for those who have suffered grief, trauma, loss, and tragedy?

What is this training event?

The Chaplaincy Intensive is a focused time of equipping for those who have a heart to “pastor in disaster and crisis.”

This Intensive will equip you to more effectively minister to those affected by crisis and help you understand the complexities of grief and the psychological effects of trauma. This unique and specialized training will also help you recognize compassion fatigue and offer you an even greater number of spiritual and emotional tools to reach deep into the hearts of suffering individuals.

This event is open to anyone. There will also be specialized training to become part of the CRI Chaplaincy Team.

Who should attend?

We invite those who have a call to minister to the unique spiritual and emotional needs of those affected by disaster, crisis, grief, loss, and trauma and to those who serve by responding to these situations.

The world has great need of those with this call to bring the tender love and care of Jesus to those in need. It’s easy to spot the physical damage inflicted by crisis, but CRI Chaplains see the internal wounds and trauma others cannot.

We invite previously trained CRI Chaplains, CRI Responders or anyone who has the desire to become a Crisis Response Chaplain.

Youth 12 and older are invited to join us, and must be accompanied by an adult.  Minimum age to qualify to become a CRI Chaplain is 21.

Who are CRI Chaplains?

CRI Chaplains are compassionate men and women who work as a Spirit-led team to bring spiritual and emotional support to survivors of disaster and crisis, first-responders and fellow CRI relief workers (Responders). 

All CRI Chaplains are CRI responders who value joyful and humble service. You may attend this training even if you have not taken CRI Basic Responder training. This event is open to anyone.

There are three levels of CRI Chaplaincy:  Assistant Chaplain, Field Chaplain, and Senior Chaplain. We are refiring CRI Chaplains this year with a fresh vision, plans, and new leadership team.

After Chaplaincy training, graduates are eligible to apply to become CRI certified Chaplains.

There will be focused team building CRI Chaplain sessions and activities over the course of the week. 

Training Topics

What You'll Learn

  • Advanced Spiritual & Emotional First-Aid

  • Recognizing & Healing PTSD

  • Compassion Fatigue

  • Self Care

  • CRI Chaplaincy Training – Level 1 Overview

  • Chaplaincy Deployment Protocol

  • Chaplaincy Team Training

  • Ministry to Children & Adolescents

 All are welcome! 

Once you arrive on Tuesday for registration, you are required to be onsite for the duration of the training. 

Event Speakers

Who You'll Learn From

Mary Leonard

CRI Senior Chaplain
Intro To Crisis Ministry Plus

Mary Leonard has been a CRI Senior Chaplain and Trainer since the early days of CRI in Kansas City. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her teachings not only valuable but enjoyable, and her zeal to reach the harvest in crisis is contagious. She and her wonderful husband Bob have been at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City 15 years. They have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

Dr. Mickey Stonier

Theology of Trauma and Grief

Dr. Stonier has served in pastoral ministry for over 45 years and been actively involved in planting over 100 church plants, orphanages, parachurch ministries and numerous chaplaincy programs.  He serves as chaplain and instructor for multiple agencies in San Diego including Police, Fire/Rescue Departments, Medical Examiner’s office and Emergency Medical Services. In addition, Mickey serves with the National Critical Response team that provides spiritual care to victims and families affected by weapons of mass destruction and major airline disasters.

Mickey is a member of the San Diego Critical Incident Stress Management organization and certified trained instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation. He authored the book GODISNOWHERE: Where is God in the Midst of Your Pain? that provides practical and Biblical guidance to those going through a time of crisis.

Patty Myers

Senior Chaplain
Ministry to First Responders

Patty Myers attended her first Crisis Response Training in Kansas City in the fall of 2009. Soon after, she quickly deployed to Haiti in early 2010. Since that time, Patty has deployed many times nationally and internationally.

Patty is a CRI senior chaplain, and often serves as the MC at training events. Locally Patty serves as a first responder chaplain for Central Oregon Police Chaplains in Deschutes County. She is creative, administrative and a gifted intercessor.

Patty has a passion to see people move in their original design and calling and step into who God ordained them to be and what He ordained them to do from the foundation of time.

She currently lives in Central Oregon with her husband Philip and their furry friend, Rilee. Patty and Phil love spending quality time with their 2 daughters and grandsons, and they enjoy the Pacific Northwest with all it has to offer.

Important Information

Here's Where We Answer Your Questions


Location: CRI Mission Base, Training Camp & Conference Center

Address: 2494 Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge, Virginia  24064

Date:  Tuesday, April 9 – Saturday, April 13

Shuttles: CRI shuttle available for $10 each way to and from Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (ROA). Must request during registration.

Shuttle Times:

  • Tuesday, April 9, running from 2 PM until 5 PM
  • Saturday, April 13, running from 4:15 AM till 12 PM.


Price includes all meals, lodging, training fees, background check and lifetime access to CRI Academy (online) Chaplaincy Courses – Basic & Advanced.

CRI Chaplain badge & credentials will be issued to those who meet the requirements.

For those who would like to lodge off-site, you are more than welcome to do so but we do require you to be present at the onset of each day’s activities and remain on the base for the course of the day until the final evening session concludes.  All meals are included with the cost of your registration.

  • Individual / per person – $395.00
  • Couples / per person – $375.00
  • Individuals & Couples who would like to lodge off-site / per person – $295.00
  • For those Attending Basic Training Camp (requires separate registration and is not included in this cost) and staying on the camp for the weekend of 4/6-9 – $395.00  (Includes free 3-night lodging and meals)
  • Youth [12-17] / per person – $99  (must be accompanied by adult at all times)

Additional info below.

If you are attending Basic Training Camp on 4/2-4/6, please read the following:

If you are attending the Crisis Response International – Basic Training Camp to become a certified CRI Responder (Disaster Relief Volunteer) on 4/2 – 4/6, and desire to stay on the camp over the weekend to participate in the Chaplaincy Intensive as well, we are happy to announce that we will extend free accommodations and meals from the conclusion of the Basic Training Camp on Saturday 4/6 until the launch of the Chaplaincy Intensive on 4/9.

If you decide to stay, you are invited to attend special Chaplaincy training sessions on Monday 4/8. Please select the appropriate payment option during your registration process so we can make arrangments for your extended stay.

For questions regarding this event, please email Val at or simply click "Register for Chaplaincy Intensive" below for more details.

Val CooperCRI Training Director

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