Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Provides Emotional Support After Tragedies

from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association


With three deployments in the span of eight days, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) chaplains served a number of different communities after natural and man-made disasters, providing emotional and spiritual support to law enforcement officers, survivors and communities at large.
BG-RRT chaplains deployed to Wise County, Virginia, after Big Stone Gap Police Officer Michael Chandler was shot and killed on his 29th birthday while performing a welfare check.
Four days later, BG-RRT chaplains deployed to the Pacific Northwest after historic flooding in Whatcom County, Washington, which damaged more than 550 homes. It was the 11th deployment of the year as a result of flooding.
When tragedy struck Waukesha, Wisconsin, as a man drove his SUV through the crowd at a Christmas parade, six BG-RRT chaplains deployed to the area to provide emotional and spiritual support to the community.
Most recently, BG-RRT chaplains deployed to Oxford Township, Michigan, after a sophomore student allegedly opened fire at a high school, killing four students and injuring seven other people.
Additional teams of chaplains continue to serve at three locations in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida hit in late August. 
The BG-RRT has deployed 46 times this year, sending out more than 1,000 chaplains across the United States. Chaplains have prayed with nearly 31,000 people this year alone.
For more information about the BG-RRT ministry, visit