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Thu, 14 May 2020, 11:00 AM

To Our Racing Community-From Racers for Christ
Courtesy of Elon Werner, Tony Fay Public Relations

For almost fifty years Racers For Christ has been dedicated to serving the spiritual and emotional support needs of the world of motorsports. Since 1982, NHRA has allowed us to provide chaplains for all of its national and divisional events. We have taken this responsibility seriously, with grace and humility. When we are able to safely return to racing, our desire is to continue growing the ministry and serving the spiritual, emotional and practical needs of everyone at those events.

After much prayer and careful consideration in our continuing efforts to keep pace with the changes in the motorsports experience as well as the industry and economy, the RFC Executive Committee and the RFC Board of Directors have made the decision to change our NHRA national event ministry leadership structure for efficiency. We will begin to utilize the existing team of Region Directors to represent RFC at events instead of one person traveling for the entirety of the season. These Region Directors have been part of the national event ministry for many years; they are strong in their faith and they are very capable leaders.

Joining the regional chaplains who serve the sportsman ranks, the Region Directors will now work together, as an efficient team, to grow each Region's ministry and continue serving the needs of the racers, crew and staff at all of the NHRA National Events.

This transition eliminates the position of National Event Series Director which for the last five-plus years fell under the stewardship of Craig Garland. Craig has been a faithful chaplain for almost two decades and has served us well. We realize that change is never easy and no time is ever a good time to make these kinds of changes and lose someone as significant as Craig. Some faces will change, but the level of professionalism and ministry will remain high and consistent. We wish Craig, and his wife Beverly the very best as they prepare for new ministry opportunities. Our desire is to keep the ministry growing and viable for the next 50 years. The 2020 season will be a challenging time for us, but please be aware our team is already working diligently to develop a plan to continue this season and prepare for the 2021 season, our 50th Anniversary year. Our desire is to keep the ministry growing and to expand the Kingdom of God for the next 50 years and beyond. Our goal is to stay strong and continue growing relationships with our community to meet the spiritual, emotional, and practical needs of everyone within the NHRA.

For more information please contact our Executive Director, Eddie Baugher, at 918-855-4240.

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