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Lt Col Larry and Rita Sherbondy, USAF (Ret.)

Larry and Rita are the OCF Associate Field Staff representatives for ROTC. They served the past nine years at the Navigators ROTC ministry, which they founded. The Sherbondys are 40-year veterans of vocational ministry to cadets and military leaders, including at the Citadel, USAFA, and the Army War College, more recently partnering with OCF members serving there at USAWC. While championing the ministry of OCF ROTC, he and Rita will also remain engaged in local ministry to students and faculty there at the War College.

On this page, you’ll find ROTC resources, information about the RMH leadership program, and OCF ROTC fellowship groups around the country. If you have an ROTC group that isn’t listed, contact Larry and let him know.

Upcoming ROTC events

New England ROTC Retreat

Friday, 28 January-Sunday, 30 January

Eastern ROTC OCF/Valor/Navigators Retreat at WSS

Friday, 4 February-Sunday, 6 February

Rocky Mountain ROTC Retreat

Friday, 18 February-Sunday, 20 February

Midwest ROTC Retreat

Friday, 25 February-Sunday, 27 February

Southeast ROTC Retreat (“IMPACT 2022”)

Friday, 11 March-Sunday, 13 March

Southwest ROTC Retreat

Saturday, 12 March-Wednesday, 16 March

Rocky Mountain High #1

Saturday, 4 June-Saturday, 11 June

Rocky Mountain High #2

Saturday, 11 June-Saturday, 18 June

Rocky Mountain High #3

Saturday, 18 June-Saturday, 25 June

Rocky Mountain High #4

Saturday, 25 June-Saturday, 2 July

Rocky Mountain High #5

Saturday, 2 July-Saturday, 9 July

Rocky Mountain High #6

Saturday, 9 July-Saturday, 16 July

Rocky Mountain High #7

Saturday, 16 July-Saturday, 23 July

Rocky Mountain High #8

Saturday, 23 July-Saturday, 30 July

Adventure Awaits

If you are ready to be challenged, inspired, and renewed in your faith, then join us in Colorado for Rocky Mountain High—a unique program designed primarily for cadets, midshipmen, and junior officers who are about to begin careers leading the nation’s military.

Find out more about RMH

ROTC articles

Being a Leader That God Can Use

To be a leader God can use, three things must happen: We must have faith in something that is worthy of our faith; we must know who we are in Christ; and we must be prepared to fight the good fight, as we engage in spiritual warfare.

  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Perry, right, Radio Operator Maintainer And Driver, 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron, and U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Darryl Honick, left, Joint Fire Observer, 3rd Battalion, 159th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, walk back to the Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected, All-Terrain Vehicle after supporting Operation Spartan Shield on Sept. 11, 2012, Southwest Asia. ROMADs are considered Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in training and help coordinate and control attack air assets, surface-to-surface and unmanned aerial vehicles from all branches of the U.S. and Multi-National Military. Perry hometown is Front Royal, Va. and Honick hometown is Pittsburgh, Pa.

Expecting God’s Unexpected

Christian leader, the narrow road of discipleship—a road the Lord travels with us—is full of unexpected, difficult turns. Prepare earnestly, lead well. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

  • West Point Cadets hug at the completion of the 2014 graduation and commissioning ceremony at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., May 28, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)

Four lessons in leadership for young warriors

When commissioned at an OCF bar-pinning ceremony twenty years ago, I was ready to take on the world, but acutely aware I knew little about leadership and military service! Through mistakes and the Lord’s patient refinement, I learned that the Bible is the greatest leadership manual ever written, but we must apply its timeless truths to the circumstances of our lives.

  • Ruins of Masada. Photo by Flickr user LSG05

Passion for Leadership

The godly leader is indeed a powerful witness for Christ. When we follow Christ's example—and let Him take the reins of our leadership—we will experience a calling that is fulfilling beyond measure, and one in which the results are undeniable.

  • Photo by Heather Cortright

Time, Talent, Treasure: Warrior Forge

Before Army ROTC cadets can be commissioned as second lieutenants, they must successfully complete what is now known as the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), a training event developing their leadership skills while evaluating their officer potential. Once held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, LDAC —Warrior Forge—now takes place at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Current ROTC small groups

Baylor University

Local Leaders: Lt Col Kate & Rusty Toms, USAF,
Email: kathryn.v.toms@gmail.com,
Cell: 334-207-0523,
Day & Time: Alternating Thursdays during school year, 7-8:30 pm.
Call for details/location.

Bethel University

Local Leader: CH(COL) John Morris, USA (Ret),
This is an ROTC group, contact Chaplain Morris for information regarding day and time.

Marion Military Institute

Local Leader: LTC Tom Bowen, USA (Ret),
Email: tsb2016@yahoo.com,
Cell: 205.393.5440,
Day & Time: Fri 7pm,
Meets at the Marion Military Institute Cadet Chapel, starts 24 Aug.
This is a group for cadets.

Rocky Mountain ROTC

Coordinator: Lt Col Tom Falconer, USAF (Ret),
Email: tbirdUSL75@gmail.com,
Cell: (719)661-2442,
Region: New Mexico State University/University of Texas- El Paso to University of Wyoming to University of Utah and Texas Tech.

Lt Col (Ret) Falconer introduces and mentors cadets and midshipmen in the OCF Ministry model to become servant leaders who integrate their faith and profession to take up the mantel of spiritual leadership within the military community. He also organizes an annual Rocky Mountain ROTC Retreat at Spring Canyon, OCF’s Retreat and Conference Center just west of Buena Vista, CO. He also seeks to find retired OCF members near universities in the region to catch the vision of OCF ROTC ministry.

University of Colorado (Colorado Springs)(ROTC)

Local Leader: CDT Connor Cline Army ROTC,
Email: connorjmcline@gmail.com,
Phone:(210) 287-2300,
Day and Time: Fridays at 1800, food is served an hour before formal study, and all are welcomed.,
This is a Air Force and Army Cadet Bible study Fellowship group which meets at a leader’s home.
Additional contact: AFROTC point of contact is CDT Nathan Leusink USAF ROTC,

University of Colorado (Colorado Springs)(ROTC)

Local Leader: Cadet Nathan Leusink, USAF ROTC,
Phone: (719) 426-1035,
Email: nathanleusink@gmail.com,
Day and Time : For the Spring 2021 semester, we meet from 1800 to 2030 on Friday nights.
Because there are a number of cadets in our study, we will be flexible with the times each semester, so this will probably change over the summer and in the fall.
This is a Air Force and Army Cadet Bible study Fellowship group which meets at a leader’s home. Dinner provided.
Additional Contact : CDT Conner Cline USA ROTC, connorjmcline@gmail.com

University of Mississippi

Local Leader: MIDN, Seth Albritton, USMCR,
Email:: seth.h.albritton@gmail.com,
Phone: 601-813-3020,
Day & Time: Tuesday Nights at 8 pm
Contact for bible study Zoom details. Co-ed Group for anyone in the ROTC program currently attending the University of Mississippi (Reservists, etc.),

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