Anchor Points 2012—Unified as brothers and sisters in Christ

by Lieutenant Colonel Ric Schumacher, United States Army

The climbing wall at White Sulphur Springs uncannily resembles the variety of faith journeys experienced by military families. With plenty of hand and toe holds, children can scramble up to ring the bell atop the run, while the fittest adults struggle in negotiating the one with major gaps between the “anchor points.” 


OCF’s home office staff recognizes this principal and launched the Anchor Points program as a focused effort to install the needed additional toe holds for the larger military community by equipping and emboldening lay leaders throughout the services. 

From different services and places of duty, the Anchor Points Class of 2012 participants arrived at OCF’s White Sulphur Spring Conference Center in Pennsylvania. Though uncertain about why we were gathered and what we would learn, we were nonetheless unified as brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. 

Together we plumbed the depths of this pertinent truth: “But as it is, God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body” (1 Corinthians 12:18-20, ESV). LT Pete Zettel, USN, applied these words to our experience in observing “Anchor Points helped inspire us to see how we can best focus our individual efforts to help meet the needs within the military and best serve within the larger OCF organization.” 

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By the week’s end, bonds of friendship were formed as we shared our experiences in OCF and gained deeper insight into the military ministry’s vision, structure, and purpose. Our eyes were opened to the fact that we—the members—are the true structure of OCF and only through prayerful and obedient member effort can OCF offer ample places for service members to lay hold of needed fellowship wherever they go.

The week spent in a family camp atmosphere is a cherished memory, helping us look outwardly at the broader military community and inwardly to our own hearts and families. Children were blessed with godly teaching from young staffers who serve as excellent role models, while moms took a weeklong break from meal preparation. LTC Paul Craft, USA, expressed the gratitude for the shared opportunity to “focus and reconnect with our families and the Lord without the interference of our daily jobs.” We left refreshed, recharged and recommitted to serve the Lord and OCF with our time, talents, and gifts.

Our Anchor Points class of 2012 encourages all OCF members to plug in and offer others a point of fellowship through OCF small-group Bible studies, family camps, giving, and prayer. No OCF where you are? Then become OCF where you and offer others life’s needed holds to grasp onto for the climb to glory in Christ Jesus. 

Ric and his wife, Lisa, serve as OCF small group leaders for the class of 2015 cadets at USMA, West Point, NY.