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History

Begun in January 2005, Adopt-a-Chaplain surpassed the milestone of over 400 chaplains deployed overseas in October 2007! That is more than 50 tons of food, toiletries, clothing, specially-requested items and gifts for distribution to local people. Our prayer is that the chaplains and the troops they serve may experience His love and peace through this effort.

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to send a box of comfort foods or toiletries to a chaplain, including shipping, for only $30. This includes any personal note of encouragement you would like to enclose. What a marvelous way to show support of our troops through the chaplains who serve them! Learn more.

Leadership

Daniel Hoebeke has a singular passion: to show people how to multiply the benefits of their personal planning through entrepreneurial giving. During his professional career,, Daniel has been a private legal practitioner, personal trust officer, fundraiser and charitable giving consultant.

He had met personally with more than 200 0 individuals and couples about charitable estate planning and raised in excess of $250 million in charitable gifts. An engaging speaker, Daniel has conducted 750 seminars in 40 states, many for continuing professional education credits, and writes frequently on subjects such as the changing face of fundraising. As a Founder and Board Member of Adopt-a-Chaplain, Daniel focuses on developing strategic national partnerships.

He also serves on the boards of Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting in Northern California and the Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council. Daniel’s wife of 35 years, Ellen, is a fulltime Executive Assistant while pursuing her Masters in Theology degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
They are blessed with three adult children and two grandchildren. On Sunday mornings, Daniel can be found rattling the keyboards at San Jose Christian Reformed Church.

 

Frank Bergandi has devoted his life to being a Kingdom Entrepreneur after a 35 year successful career in the computer and computer software industry. His passion is in helping others develop their ministry visions.

Currently, Frank is a Founder and Board Member of Adopt-a-Chaplain; a Board Member of Hills and Hollers Ministries which operates in the Appalachian Region providing home repair and life repair for the rural poor and a Founder and Steering Committee Member of The Barnabas Group of Silicon Valley which is dedicated to bringing marketplace professionals together with ministry leaders who are committed to change the world and build God’s kingdom through their lifestyles and works of service.

Prior to his work as a Kingdom Entrepreneur, Mr. Bergandi served as the President and CEO of Actional and Objectivity, the EVP of Worldwide Operations for TIBCO and the VP of North America for Informix. Frank is also involved in a number of leadership areas at Calvary Church of Los Gatos. Frank holds an MBA and BSC degrees from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

He and his family live in Los Gatos, California. He has been married to Terri for 28 years. They have twin 14 year old boys.

Ben Ferguson grew up on a farm outside a little town south of Dallas. After high school he served in the U S Navy at NAS Moffett Field in California and aboard the carrier USS SHANGRI LA (CVA -38).

Following Naval service he earned a BA in Business Administration at San Jose State College.Following college he earned a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and pastored churches in Texas and California While

serving as a pastor he authored two books - God I've Got A Problem and The Shaping of A Man of Faith. After retirement Ben became actively involved in Adopt-a-Chaplain ministering to our chaplains who shepherd their flocks in harm's way.

He edits the weekly newsletter that goes out to our chaplains and hundreds of supporters from every corner of the country. His primary ministry is serving as a chaplain to our chaplains. In that capacity he communicates with deployed chaplains letting them know that someone at home cares for them personally.

He encourages them when they feel alone, listens to their frustrations, and offers counsel from his experiences as a pastor and observer of life - a lot of life!He and wife, children, grand children, and cats live in San Jose, California