Chaplain Academy of Religious Education & Training

Chaplaincy Nevada training is biblically based; which emphasizes Christ as the central figure and paradigm for all Christianity. Chaplains Certification and Academy studies and materials are endorsed after satisfying its specific education and training objectives outlined by the authority of Messages of Faith Ministry, E.D. and governing Chaplains body, of religious trainers. Chaplain Academy Body of Members must be Professionals in Education, Training, Pastors, Assoc. Pastors, Elders, Sr. Chaplains, Licensed Psych./Counseling. 
Preamble: Chaplaincy is grounded in initiating, developing, discipling, and bringing an appropriate amount of education and training under Messages of Faith Ministry, and its Chaplaincy Nevada division through the Academy and Basic Religious Studies. This includes: Religious Studies and further education, Professional trained Overseer's, Teamwork and Collaboration, Ethical Practice which guides decision making and professional behavior, Confidentiality which respects the privacy of chaplains personal and educational information.

Endorsing Body:

Academy Director of Training: SR Chaplain Michael Thrower: Academy Lead Training Instructor 
Michael is an ordained Chaplain, and a Licensed Minister with the State of Nevada.. Michael serves as the Chair for the Chaplains Advisory Board elected in January 2016. He is an Academy of Religious studies graduate SR Chaplain, a graduate and instructor of CPE, and the Chaplaincy Instructional Trainer for "train the trainer". Michael teaches for the Chaplaincy Academy, on Discipleship, Apologetics, Apprenticeship, CPE-Pastoral Care, and previously taught Bible Foundation and Evangelism. He is a 2013 Graduate from the School of Evangelism at Second Baptist Church-LV where he has served on multiple ministries. His focus has been on mentoring youth, which he began in 1992 as a volunteer and has now founded Community Connect, Inc., a charitable 501(c)3 organization that focuses on mentoring at-risk youth in Las Vegas. He is a Casa Grande Prison Bible Studies Teacher. He is a Purchasing Supervisor for the Clark County School District. Michael serves as the lead for the CCSD (Clark County School District) Police Chaplain program and he is the Coordinator for Adopt-A-Cop Nevada: 1 Prayer, 1 Prayer Warrior, 1 Officer, 1 Day at a time ~ 4 Life ~

Pastor / Sr. Chaplain Laquieta Cooks :  Academy Director of Training Assistant / AB Chair
Chaplaincy Advisory Board Vice Chair. Pastor Laquieta is a Senior/Lead  Pastor of Unity Christian Center Ministry. She has a has a Theology Bachelors Degree from the. Minnesota School of Theology and is a Graduate of Sonship School. She is a CCDC-METRO Program Volunteer for the Juvenile Section/Unit. Laquieta is an ordained Chaplain, a Pastor, and NV State licensed Minister. She is a Christian published author.

SR Chaplain: Victorya Campe. MOFM Founder & Chaplaincy Executive Director  
Victorya has worked in education and training since 1995, programs co-sponsored with CCSN Continuing Education and from 97 with UNLV division of EO. She worked with CCSN Customized training on Welfare to Work co sponsored program from 96-97. She developed and created a co-sponsored professional programs education and training with NAFD, UNLV, & CCSN since 1995, and currently continues developing training Syllabus' , proposals, objectives, materials, catalog descriptions, etc..She created and developed the Chaplaincy Nevada training and education academy with outlines, objectives, materials, etc. as well as with AB team effort and instructors, from 2007-current. She is a Christian published author.

SR Chaplain: Barry Mainardi: Chaplaincy Administrative Director
Barry is the Chaplaincy Director of Administration and was the Academy of Chaplaincy 1st graduate to earn his Sr Chaplain title. He spent 2 years in Chaplains Academy Graduate in religious studies 2013. Barry has a minor in Theology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton. Chaplain Barry works one on one with all Chaplains through his senior administration duties, keeping all files confidential, maintaining Chaplains training and volunteer work transcripts. Among his other duties he is a former  the Chaplains Advisory Board Chair. He performs tasks of maintaining classroom activity and registrants. He is a Christian published author.

SR Chaplain: Annette Arnold Pflaum
Certified Lay Pastor for UMC United Methodist Church. Bachelors of Science: Psychology: Family Studies: December, 1997, Western Baptist College (Corban College), Salem, Oregon, Associate in Applied Science: Paramedic (EMT) Technology: July, 2003, Bismarck State College, Diploma of Occupational Proficiency: Practical Nursing: July, 2002 Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN Associate of Applied Science: Educational Aide: Handicapped Learner: March, 1988 Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR. Annette is the founder and president of Wisteria Ministries, and former Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice’s in the Las Vegas valley.

Chaplains Academy of Religious Studies
Academy ​Graduation: Two (2) per year scheduled Spring & Fall.  CPT Graduation: One time per year scheduled in December.

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Basic Chaplaincy Certification: LEVEL 100 COURSE 
 24 hrs. Certificate Training: The Chaplains Basic training is an extraordinary and vigorous training course of commitment for completing its Phase I & 2 training, with a continuance of discipleship training through Phase 3.

Session 1. Chaplaincy
Introduction. What is Chaplaincy? Who is a Chaplain? Chaplain Requirements &Training. Emergency Role. Non-Emergency Chaplains. 
Ministry, The Minister, Prayer, Prayer warriors, Cont. Education. Church Liaisons. Outreach Providers. 
​Session 2. 
Law Enforcement /CIT. Warning Signs of Mental Illness- Alcohol & Drug Abuse. Elements of Crisis Intervention & Crisis Communication.
Session 3.  
Gangs. Youth and Domestic Violence. Gangs and Schools. Signs and Symbols of Gangs. Female Gang Associates.
Session 4. 
Religions, Interfaith Importance & Practices, Discipleship, Forgiveness, Community Services.
Review. Exam.

Chaplains Ordination: LEVEL 200 COURSE 
​12 Hrs. Certificate Training on Ordination & Anointing Sacraments.
Anoninting Ceremony-Church Recommendation Needed

Session 1: 
-Power & Authority of God -Repentance -Faith in God -Great Commission

Session 2:
-Why Ordination? -What is Ordination? -Consecration. -Ordination Responsibilities
​Study Packet:
-Divinity - Grace -Salvation -Anointing -Leadership -Evangelism

Chaplaincy Academy of Religious Studies &  SR Chaplain Graduate Ceremony.

Christian Apologetics Defending the Faith 101: Sessions 10
Instructor SR Chaplain Michael Thrower
Essentials of the Christian Faith. Christian Apologetics is the discipline of defending a religious position through the systematic use of scripture and information. Early Christian writers (c. 120–220) who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists.

-The Heart of Apologetics -Bible Writings and Authorship -Christian Mandate from the Bible -Homosexuality Marriage -Denom. Offshoots of Christianity -Carnal Christians -The Truth of the Gospel -Social Issues (Politics/Abortion/Science) -Repentance & Salvation -Jesus & the Resurrection

Apprenticeship-Sermons, Bible Studies, Prayer Warriors: Sessions 8
Instructor SR Chaplain Michael Thrower
(In-class & Online) Toastmaster style, Prep & Workshop Class Templates are used in all 3 categories for creating individual presentations, and delivering them within the classroom. Online assignments include videos. ​

-Sermons -Bible Studies -Prayer Warriors 
-Intern: Participation= 3 In-field events. 

Services Course: Baptisms, Communion, Weddings, Funerals: Sessions 2
Instructor:  Sr Chaplain Laquieta
Learn about the Sacraments as effective signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church a Christian rite recognized as of particular importance and significance of religious tradition and ceremony.

  -Session 1. -Baptisms - Communion
  -Session 2. -Funerals -Weddings​

Biblical Studies: Sessions 8
Instructor SR Chaplain Laquieta Cooks
66 Books Include: Old Testament Genesis - Malachi. New Testament: Matthew – Revelation.The Torah (Law), the Neviim (Prophets) & 
Ketuvim (Writings). Learn the essentials of the Bible by studying the different break-down and sections of each book..

-Genesis -Exodus -Leviticus - Numbers -Deuteronomy -Gospels: Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John -History: Book of Acts -Pauline Epistles: Romans -
 Philemon -General Epistles: Hebrews - Jude -Prophecy: Book of Revelation

Evangelism: Sessions: 2  
Instructor SR Chaplain Anthony Williams
Christian evangelism explains the necessity of repentance and faith, and salvation through the grace of God alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Biblical Evangelism is not defined by man made methodologies. Rather, Biblical Evangelism is defined by biblical, historical, and systematic theology.

-Evangelism -The Evangelist -Prayer -Crisis -Lost Souls -Salvation

Bible Foundations: Sessions: 4
SR Chaplain Laquieta Cooks
Build a firm foundation for biblical understanding through basic Bible content and beliefs, understand what it means, and learn to apply it to yours, and other lives.

-What is Baptism of the Holy Spirit -What are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit -Deep and Abiding Fellowship with Jesus -Gods Perfect Choice  
-What is the Great Commission -What is the Second Coming of Christ -How to have Great Faith in God

Basics of Counseling for Clergy: Sessions: 4
Instructor: SR Chaplain Annette
Learning counseling techniques, and training for clergy helps provide the advantage of being both trained in traditional counseling methods, and in the application of biblical truths and scripture, while helping others to resolve problems and crisis issues with the help of God's Word.

-Addictions -Mental Health -Grief & Support -Do's and Dont's of Counseling


Daughters of God
Women of the Bible, Women in Leadership

John Maxwell Training: Salt & Light
Facilitator: SR Chaplain Tamia Dow

The Daniel Fast
Facilitator: SR Chaplain Diana Reyes​


1.  Broken Pneuma  Specialized Training

2.  CPT Training   Specialized 

Grow Your Ministry: LEVEL 500 COURSE– Empowering Group

CPR- 2yr Cert
​Facilitator: SR Chaplain Diana Reyes​

Domestic Violence
​Facilitator: SR Chaplain Tamia Dow

Suicide Prevention
Facilitator: SR Chaplain Bryan Ostaszewski
SR Chaplain Graduates

1 Barry Mainardi
2 Debbie Damron 
3 Victorya Campe
4 Laquieta Cooks 
5 Charles Cooks
6 Rick Voskuhl
7 Maryann Hart
8 Pamela Poston 
9 Walter Poston
10 Carol Russell 
11 Anthony Williams 
12 Lynn Williams 
13 Michael Thrower 
14 Sally St John 
15 Diana Reyes 
16 Kathryn Rios
17 Ryan Creelman 
18 Bryan Ostaszewski 
19 Hudson Griffith
20 Shelea Griffith
21 Annette Pflaum
22 Jessie Wilson
23 Deidre Lucas
24 Tamia Dow
25 Trudy Gale
26 Jon Ponder
27 Marshaun Winston
28 Dorla Stewart
29 Charlotte Shields-Dancy
30 Karen Atlantic
31 Debra Tyus
32 Jackie Lyke 
33 Todd Wellman 
34 Carol Tidd
35 Ty Chew
36 Edna Adesoro
37 Joni Papsch
38 Ron Russell
39 Rocky Dickerson
40 Chris Stoltzfus
41 Alice Coulson
42 Gracie Spaight
43 Maryann Hart
44 Shirley Davis
45 Lovie Ringgold
46 Mary Netti Moreau
47 Ruth Riley
48 Jack Anthony
49 Jesse Patino
50 Diane Rivera
51 Dwayne Jackson Sr
52 Renee Ni
53 Leo Magrdichian