Rita Nakashima Brock, Rel. M., M.A., Ph.D., is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Soul Repair Center. A noted theologian, she has lectured all over the world. As Co-Founder of the Soul Repair Center, Dr. Brock has become an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury and recovery. Dr. Brock was a professor of religion for 18 years and held the Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, from 1990-1997. She has taught courses in Asian religions, philosophy of religion, spiritual biography, and Christian feminist theology. In 1997, she became the Director the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, a think tank for distinguished scientists, scholars, humanitarians, and artists. An experienced non-profit program and institution builder, she was a member of the strategic planning team for the 1999 Radcliffe-Harvard merger that led to the creation of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. From 2001-2002, she was a fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life. She is a commissioned minister of the Southwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served at national and international levels of leadership in her denomination. An award-winning author, her 2008 book, Saving Paradise, co-authored with Rebecca Parker, was a finalist for the American Academy of Religion award for excellence in constructive/reflective theological studies and Publisher’s Weekly selected it as a 2008 best book in religion. In December 2008, she and Dr. Gabriella Lettini began work on the Truth Commission on Conscience in War (www.conscienceinwar.org), which, in November 2010, recommended extensive public education on moral injury. In response, she and Dr. Lettini co-authored Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War(Beacon, 2012).A native of Fukuoka, Japan, whose mother was trained in nursing by the Red Cross after WW II, Dr. Brock’s birth father was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and her stepfatherwas a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War who served 29 years in the military. Dr. Brock earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology in 1988 from Claremont Graduate University, becoming the first Asian American woman in the country to earn a doctorate in theology and the first everto serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). From 2004 to 2012, she co-founded and directed Faith Voices for the Common Good, which generated online and in-person networked social change projects for progressive faith leaders and organizations and which helped organize the Truth Commission on Conscience in War. She has held a number of leadership positions in the academy and led the effort to create a program unit in 2013 to study moral injury in religion, society, and culture, a unit she co-chairs with Dr. Elizabeth Bounds of Emory University. For more information about Dr. Brock visit her faculty page here.
Elia Whitworth: Elia Whitworth joined Brite Divinity School in 20015 as the administrative assistant for the Soul Repair Center.
National Advisory Board
Chair: Rev Dr. Nancy Ramsay, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Brite Divinity School.
Executive Officer: Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of the Soul Repair Center
Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody, a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT supervisor, he is Interim Minister, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Denton, TX. Before St. Andrew, he worked as Executive Director of a faith-based, ecumenical counseling agency in Hinesville, GA – home of the Army’s 3rd. Infantry Division at Ft. Stewart. He co-edited with Dr. Charles Figley, Families Under Fire: Systemic Therapy with Military Families, Rutledge Press 2010.
Chaplain W. Kyle Fauntleroy, Captain, USN, Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center (AFCC) at Fort Jackson, S.C. and Commanding Officer of the Naval Chaplaincy School. A graduate of Brite Divinity School, he also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Hill, Senior Minister of the Community Christian Church in Kansas City, MO since 1987 and a leader in the wider metropolitan community, he has served on the board of a number of nonprofits. He is the recipient of a North American Ministerial Fellowship from The Fund for Theological Education and “The Evelyn Wasserstrom Award” from The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City.
Dr. Amir Hussain, a Canadian Muslim, is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit university in Los Angeles. He has authored over 35 articles and book chapters on Islam and Muslims since coming to LMU in 2005. He is the co-editor of World Religions: Western Traditions, and A Concise Introduction to World Religions, both textbooks published by Oxford University Press. He is also the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal for the study of religion. His research focuses on Muslim communities in North America. He also teaches about comparative religion and interfaith dialogue.
Chaplain Shareda Hosein, Spiritual Counselor at Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, retired Chaplain (LTC) from the U.S. Army Reserve.
Rev. Jose Martinez, is Protestant Staff Chaplain, 139th Airlift Wing, Rosecrans Air National Guard Base, in St. Joseph and a chaplain with Truman Medical Center Kansas City, MO. He is currently planting a ministry in Northeast Kansas City called Missio KC and is pastoring with Budd Park Haitian Christian Church in a ministry focused on a multicultural worship experience. He is also Co-chair of Community Transformation for the Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker, President and Professor of Theology, Star King School of Ministry, Berkeley California. She is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church and spent 10 years in parish ministry in the Pacific Northwest. She is the co-author, with Rita Nakashima Brock, of Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire.
Dr. Jonathan Sherin, Volunteers of America’s executive vice president for military communities and chief medical officer. Dr. Sherin is a leading authority on the care of veterans struggling with reintegration challenges and has testified before Congress on the issues of veteran suicide and homelessness. Prior to joining Volunteers of America, Sherin had a distinguished career in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). In his last post, he served as chief of mental health for the Miami VA.
Dr. Jonathan Shay, Retired psychiatrist with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and author of Achilles in Vietnam and Odysseus in American, both of which discuss the experiences of American veterans of the Vietnam War.
Commander Beth Stallinga, CHC, USN, Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, IL, former Executive Officer Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, Fort Jackson, SC, where she worked with current Board member Capt. (CHC) Kyle Fauntleroy. Endorsed by the United Church of Christ and member of the Minnesota Conference, she is author of a number of essays on moral injury, chaplains, and combat stress.
Rev. Dr. Newell Williams, President and Professor of Modern and American Church History of Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas since 2003. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and holds academic degrees from Vanderbilt University (Ph.D. and M.A.) and the University of Tulsa (B.A.)
Dr. Susan Mace Weeks, Dean, Professor, and Director of Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute at the Harris College of Health and Human Service at Texas Christian University. In addition to leadership in professional nursing and health associations, she is (soon to become part of the new Medical School, a joint venture of the University of North Texas Health Sciences and TCU and the first medical school in Fort Worth). She is chair of the Board of Trustees of Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital and a 2014 Distinguished Fellow and Practitioner, National Academies of Practice.
Rev. Michael Yandell MDiv, is a doctoral student at Emory University and is an ordained minister of the Disciples of Christ. He is a war veteran who experienced both physical and spiritual wounds after spending over 4 years as an EOD specialist.
The Soul Repair Founding Circle is a group of donors who have contributed to the work of the Center in the first two years.
Darla and Coleman Baker
Communities Foundation of Texas
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Carrollton
First Congregational United Church of Christ Wisconsin
First United Methodist Church of Garland
Keith & Dena Moore
Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Minnesota
Shepherd of the Hills Christan Church (Disciples of Christ) Austin
Tarrant County Spiritual Care Network
West Texas National Bank
Ronald & Margaret Williams
The Woman’s Club of Fort Worth, Inc.
The Keizer Corps
The Keizer Corps is group of Veterans and Active Duty Military and their families who support the work of Brite’s Soul Repair Center. Donors who are part of the Keizer Corps receive a special coin to commemorate their gift. There are two ways you can join the Keizer Corps, either as a Veteran/Active Duty member of the military, or in honor of a loved one who served.
Richard M. Alexander
Mark S. Allen
Austella Berry on behalf of Jim Estes, SV Casey, Roger Hurt-veterans, deceased
David Burgard on behalf of Nicholas Scarafile, Army Ranger Veteran
Rev. Wally Burman
SSGT David Chabak
LCR Kaarin Coe
Chris Felts on behalf of Trenton Cauness Active Duty, Air Force
Elizabeth Hansen on behalf of Alan Hansen, Active US Navy
Sterling N. Lentz
Charles Luke on behalf of Matthew M. Luke, Army Veteran
Barb Martin on behalf of Randy Martin, Air Force Veteran; Steve Kraus, Navy Veteran; Lawrence Peterson, Marine Veteran
Dick Millspaugh on behalf of Allan Castellanos, Marine Veteran
Shelli Pierson on behalf of Jeff Pierson, USN Veteran
Seth Schoen on behalf of Roy Schoen, Army Veteran
Fred Schwiening on behalf of Edward Dear, Vietnam Marine Veteran
Ernest Benjamin Todd
Cathy Vrabel on behalf of Francis Vrabel, Army Veteran and Christopher Vrabel, Army Veteran
Dr. Arthur Wooten
You can join online:
1. Visit Brite’s Giving Page and complete the form.
2. Choose ‘Soul Repair’ under ‘Gift Designation’
3. In the comments, let us know if you are joining for yourself (as Active Duty or Veteran, and which branch of service) or a loved one (include their name and branch of service)
or you can mail your gift to:
Brite Divinity School
Soul Repair Center
2925 Princeton Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76129
Please remember to tell us if you are joining for yourself or a loved one, and give us the appropriate name a branch of service.
Chaplain (Colonel) Herman Keizer, Jr. was born May 21, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the oldest of seven children. He has been a minister in the Christian Reformed Church in North America since his ordination in 1968. Chaplain Keizer was drafted and served from 1962-1964 as a Chaplain Assistant at Fort Belvoir, VA. Chaplain Keizer has a BA degree from Calvin College; a BD from Calvin Theological Seminary; a MST (Masters of Sacred Theology) from New York Theological Seminary and a MA in Education from New York Teachers College. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an Honors Society in Education.
Commissioned as a Chaplain in 1968, his assignments include: service as Assistant Brigade Chaplain Fort Gordon, Georgia; service in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division, and the Fourth Infantry Division (He was wounded twice –in a rocket attack on a fire-base in Cambodia and in a 159 foot fall in a helicopter accident on An Khe); as Advisor to the Commanding General on Drug And Alcohol in Wurzburg, GE; as Officer in Charge of the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Training Center; Bremerhaven, GE; as faculty member at the Chaplain Center and School; as Personnel Staff Officer (Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel ); Installation Command Chaplain, Fort Shafter, HI; as Division Chaplain, 25th Infantry Division, HI; as Deputy Director of the Chaplaincy Service Support Agency, Washington, D.C.; as Executive Director, Armed Forces Chaplains Board, Department of Defense; and as Command Chaplain, United States European Command, Stuttgart, GE.
In 1998, Chaplain (Colonel) Herman Keizer, Jr. reached mandatory retirement age having completed 30 years of service as a Colonel. He was retired and was recalled by the Secretary of the Army) to serve as Military Assistant for Leadership and Human Relations to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In July 2000, his recall was extended by the Secretary of Defense and he became the Military Advisor to the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom at the Department of State. He served in that position until retirement from the military in 2002. He then served as the Director of Chaplaincy Ministries for the Christian Reformed Church in North America until he retired in 2009.
Chaplain Keizer’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (1OLC); the Legion of Merit (4 OLC); the Soldier’s Medal; the Bronze Star Medal (5OLC) and V Device; the Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal 3OLC); the Air Medal (3); the Army Commendation Medal 1OLC); the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC); and the Good Conduct Medal. (Each Oak Leaf Cluster counts for an additional award of the medal, so add the 1st award to the OLC to get the total number of awards.) He also received the Superior Honor Award from the Department of State.
In May, 2000, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan named Chaplain Keizer a Distinguished Alumni and presented the Award at the College Graduation Ceremony. In May 2003, Calvin Theological Seminary named Chaplain Keizer a Distinguished Alumni and presented the award at the Seminary Graduation Ceremony. On April 11, 2010, the Association of Professional Chaplains awarded him their Distinguished Service Award, the first Military Chaplain and the first Chaplain Endorser to receive the award. In April of 2012, Chaplain Keizer was awarded the David C. White Leadership award by the Military Officer’s Association of America and the Distinguished Leadership award from the Military Chaplains Association.
Since retirement, Chaplain Keizer has work on a project with others to produce a Power Point presentation in PTSD stressing both the physical, neurological and psychological aspects of this Disorder.) Served on several Boards: the Heartside Ministry Board; the Grand Rapids Area Committee on Ecumenism (GRACE) Board; the Restorative Justice Board; the Healing of Children of Conflict committee (children injured by American soldiers in the current conflicts); and for the Micah Center advocacy committee. He is the President of the Army Retired Chaplains Association. He served as the Guest Host of the Truth Commission on Conscience in War which recommended Selective Conscientious Objection legislation to the Congress and that urges the study of Moral Injury after War. (Report of commission is online). He briefed the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness three times on Just War Tradition and the need to change the CO policy in the United States Military. He assisted in the establishment of a Non-for-profit group on the East Coast to assist veterans of the current wars. He served on a committee for the National Association of Evangelicals on the issues concerning Nuclear War. His most recent activity is Co-director of the Soul Repair Center at the Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth Texas which received a $650,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment Fund to conduct Research and Training on Moral Injury after War to assist veterans from our most current conflicts.
Chaplain Keizer’s military experience provided opportunities to serve in some unique and challenging assignments that provided experience and education across a wide spectrum of organizations and disciplines.
He is married to Ardis Louise (Groeneveld) Keizer. They have two grown sons Bryan and Randall.