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About The Chaplain
My name is Patrick Wilson. After being a Cub Scout in Pack 32 in Santa Clara, CA
for a year, we moved to Milpitas, CA where I joined
Troop 92 in September, 1976 and have
been with it ever since. At 22, I became Scoutmasterand served for 6 years
in this position. Since then I have served many positions in the Troop, District
and Council levels. I have taken Woodbadge eight times, once asaparticipant and
seven times on staff (staff members are just participants at a different level).
Scouting has been a big part of my life over the past 40 years.
I am married to a beautiful and supportive wife, Carol. I have
three beautiful daughters, two from my first marriage and a step daughter from my second
marriage, who's wedding I had the honor of presiding over. We have one grandson
who is chomping at the bit to join Scouting..
I was raised Roman Catholic and attended a
Catholic high school where I briefly considered going into the priesthood. Soon
after high school, though, I became disillusioned with my faith and set off on a 15 year
journey to discover what I really believed. For a time, Scouting was my only
connection to my faith. All of this time, the Lord was
preparing me for my return to Him and a calling that I would have never
imagined. In 1999, I received the Silver Beaver Award. By then I was pretty well
known and well respected among the adults and youth alike within my troop,
district and council. That is when the unexpected happened.
Over a period of three days during my 45 minute
commute to and from work each day, the Lord called me out. It was a clear as it was
coming over the radio. As a matter of fact, I am not sure that it wasn't. For
three days I would get in my car and be in a trance-like-state where I had no
control over the vehicle. Basically what happened was that the Lord had taken me
to and from work while placing on my heart to work for Him and make Scouting my
ministry. I couldn't understand. Why me? Here I was, running around claiming
agnisticism and making jokes
about bible thumpers. Why me? His response was simple. He said to me, " I have
let you run loose long enough. I have placed you in a position on influence and
now I want you to work for Me".
From this point I knew that I needed to find a
church. I realized that I was not a denominational person and the Catholic
church that I grew up in was not in line with my thinking. I had become a
protestant thinker. So I started looking at different protestant churches. I
knew it had to be Christ centered. After several months of searching, the Lord
led me to Mt.Olive Ministries, a
LCMS community. This is where I have been since
1999. Although I don't claim to be a Lutheran, I find that this particular
church is Christian first and Lutheran second.which is consistent with my belief
that God sent His Son to be the ultimate example for all of us to be.
The funny thing is that when I arrived a Mt.
Olive, there was no place to house a Scouting Ministry. The Lord has His ways.
After a couple of weeks, I heard about their plan to build a Community Life
Center with a multi-use room and 10 classrooms. Scouting is now one of the
largest local outreach ministries of Mt. Olive with over 150 youth during the
peak season. With Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of all ages meeting at the same
time, there is something for everyone in the family which makes it convenient
for parents with multiple children.
Serving as a spiritual guide and counselor for a largely
un-churched community is the one of the greatest task the Lord has given me. In
June of 2006, I received my ordination through the United New Testament Church,
an evangelical free church which supports independent ministries with
training, ordination and peer support. Although the main focus of my ministry is
to serve youth through Scouting, as an ordained minister, I have been honored to
officiate over the memorial services of several former leaders and to officiate the wedding of
one of my Eagle Scouts and his lovely
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