We continue our tribute to those who answered the call to serve. This week, we turn our attention to a man in Conway who served and now answers the call on a different front.
Scott Beiermann's interest in the service came from what would be an exciting place … college.
"After 9/11, I was a student at Evangel. Unfortunately, I was not in the right frame of mind to be a college student," Beiermann entails. "I'm from a military family and considering what my grades were, plus needing money. I decided to join the Army."
Beiermann would join the Army Reserves after basic training. Afterward, He would get a job as a chaplain assistant. A chaplain is a minister for military people and civilians. Beiermann's role was not only the assistant but also a bodyguard for the chaplain. During his nine years in the service, Beiermann would get married, serve two tours in Iraq, work with the military police, prisoners of war, and help train Iraqi police forces in different cities.
When it came time to renew his contract with the army, considering the upcoming birth of his first child, some close calls with Improvised Explosive Devices IED, and a calling, Beiermann decided to follow his calling instead.
"I always say I have been blown up twice and did not want to go for a third because usually, the third time is the charm. But I also had a call on my life. So I got out of the Army and ended up attending Bible college. Now I'm a pastor." tells Beiermann, who would retire from the Army with the rank E-5 Sergeant.
He is the pastor of Life 360 in Conway, serving not just his congregation but the community in many ways. One way is a program called Life360 Community Services.
"We serve every student in Conway's schools, about 750 meals daily," Beiermann recalls. But it is not just ensuring the students are fed that Beiermann and the church focus on; it is also the citizens' mental health. People can sign up through the Life360 website and get the help they need locally.
"Marshfield is not that far," Beiermann explains. "People can go to Burrell, which is about 20 minutes away. But some folks are here and can not go, but they will make a phone call and can get professional help."
These are just a few of the many ways Beiermann, along with his wife and four kids, continue serving his country long after retiring from the military. We thank Beiermann for his service to our country and appreciate what he does for the community.
This is the final segment of the Marshfield Mail's Veteran Tribute. We thank all those who have served and continue to serve.
"I always say I have been blown up twice and did not want to go for a third because usually, the third time is the charm. But I also had a call on my life. So I got out of the Army and ended up attending Bible college. Now I'm a pastor." tells Scott Beiermann, who would retire from the Army with the rank E-5 Sergeant.
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