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Hollas and Nelda Hoffman out in the field (Image courtesy of BGCT)

The Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT)  has begun a program to provide chaplains to oil field workers.

The BGCT endorsed the Texas’ first oil field chaplains, Hollas and Nelda Hoffman of Gonzales, late last month.

The BGCT Chaplaincy Endorsement Council has endorsed a total of 794 chaplains and pastoral counselors serving in areas that include the military and  hospitals.

“Endorsement lends integrity, character, responsibility and accountability to a pastoral ministry in a specialized setting,” said Bobby Smith, director of BGCT chaplaincy relations. “Chaplaincy is a respected program of Texas Baptists. Endorsement provides a sense of worth and accountability and provides connection with a faith group.”

Hollas Hoffman served as a pastor more than 30 years, and after retiring from a local church last August, he and his wife, Nelda, felt God calling them to serve as chaplains in the oilfields of South Texas.

Despite being  unfamiliar with the oilfields in their area when they started, Hollas Hoffman said “We knew about people, and we knew about the need.”