Austin pastor gets called to active duty


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A local pastor is changing gears from serving his Austin congregation, to serving our country.

Pastor Mark Nuckols, an Army Colonel, is being called up from the Reserves to active duty. He will be stationed in Washington D.C. to serve as “Chief of pastoral care.” 

His mission is to develop a curriculum for all Army chaplains ministering to soldiers stationed in several countries. 

While this time he is stationed at the nation’s capital, Nuckols is no stranger to combat. He served two 12-month tours of duty in Iraq. During his time serving, he would send letters back to his church family every week.

“These letters were so spiritual. I think they are like Paul sending letters to his disciples. He would tell us what was going on. They had dinner with village elders providing goodwill from America and then he would send us a scripture at the back to bring us and lift us up,” said Tommy Randall, one of Nuckols’ church members.

It’s a vital job and calling many people may not even think about. However, it is one that Pastor Nuckols is committed to indefinitely.

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