Updated: Aug 21, 2019
The third Wednesday of each month, we're highlighting stories of our Warrior Church members. A service of Resurrection Episocopal, Warrior Church helps heal trauma for first responders, veterans and their families through a 45-minute workout, community building and Communion.
This month our guest contributor is Tom Berry, a U.S. Army veteran.
By Tom Berry
I was a field artillery officer from 1997-2004, and spent time in South Korea, Kuwait, Iraq, as well as many Army posts in the USA. I attended Airborne school at Fort Benning, Ga., the Field Artillery Offer's Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Sill, Okla., and also the Joint Firepower Control Course at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. I was a a battery commander in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom before leaving the military in the summer of 2004 to attend graduate school.
I initially began attending Resurrection Plano following the passing of my mother last June. I had attended church sporadically most of my life, but was looking to regain a spiritual connection to help get past the grief of losing my mother. From there, I learned about Warrior Church and began to attend. I've only been going to Warrior Church for the past six months or so. I had planned to attend earlier (once I learned about it in Resurrection Plano), but I was having some back and elbow pain. I began to attend Warrior Church once I was able to get physically healthy, and I'm glad I did. It has helped me in more ways than one. It's been a really enjoyable experience to combine physical exercise with spiritual learning and development. It is a welcoming environment, and I'm grateful for the fellowship I've experienced while attending. I think the biggest things [I've gained] are the fellowship, getting to know the other members better outside of our normal church services at Resurrection Plano. I enjoy exercising, and work out regularly on my own, so I benefit from the exercise, but the bigger benefit is the fellowship and friendships gained. It has been a blessing to get to know the other Warrior Church members.
[Warrior Church] is a moderately paced workout that is fun and good for the whole body. I have always left feeling spiritually, physically and mentally energized. It is a great way to start your Sunday, and if you attend, you will not be disappointed.