Public School Chaplains and Public School Prayer in the News

As of 19 Jan 2016, this list has been moved to: http://www.cflfreethought.org/teamchaplains

University of Virginia – Football – George Morris – 17 Jan 2016

University of Alabama – Football – Jeremiah Castille – 10 Jan 2016

Mitchell High School (NC) – Football – Randy Bonner – 2 Jan 2016

Florida State University – Football – Clint Purvis – 29 Dec 2015

Southern Illinois University – Football – Roger Lipe – 23 Dec 2015

Virginia Tech – Football – Dave Gittings (confirmed) – 22 Dec 2015

Fulton High School (TN) – Football – Steve Diggs (confirmed) – 21 Dec 2015

University of California – Football – Kevin Knox (named here)- 17 Dec 2015

Stone Mountain High School (GA) – Football – Brandi Ford – 10 Dec 2015 (video from 4 Sep 2015)

University of Alabama – Football – Jeremiah Castille – 10 Dec 2015

Cherokee High School (TN) – Football – Jason Royston – 2 Dec 2015

Maryville High School (TN) – Football – Roger Murphy – 26 Nov 2015

Arlington Lamar High School (TX) – Football – unnamed chaplain (Ken Butler) – 26 Nov 2015

Linton-Stockton High School (IN) – Football – Archie Ellett – 25 Nov 2015

University of Georgia – Football – Thomas Settles – 21 Nov 2015

Mosley High School (FL) – Football – Coach Jeremy Brown – 20 Nov 2015

University of Alabama at Birmingham – Football – Jhun Cook – 17 Nov 2015

University of Georgia – Football – Kevin Hynes and Thomas Settles – 14 Nov 2015

University of Mississippi – Football – John Powell – 15 Nov 2015

Roscommon High School (MI) – Softball – Coach Christina Young – 31 Oct 2015

University of Virginia – Football – George Morris – 31 Oct 2015

Nevada Union High School (CA) – Football – Andy Owens – 30 Oct 2015

Avery High School (NC) – Football – Alan Yawn and Coach Jason Phelps – 28 Oct 2015

University of Tennessee – Football – Tim Miller – 24 Oct 2015

University of Illinois – Football – (private catholic mass) – 17 Oct 2015

Van Buren High School (AK) – Tennis – Nick Anderson – 17 Oct 2015

University of Illinois – Basketball – Troy Collier – 15 Oct 2015

Bremerton High School (WA) – Football – Coach Joe Kennedy – 14 Oct 2015

University of Georgia – Football – Thomas Settles – 10 Oct 2015

Burke County High School (GA) – Football – Clary Dishmon – 7 Oct 2015

University of Georgia – Football – Kevin Hynes – 3 Oct 2015

University of Memphis – Football – Braxton Brady – 2 Oct 2015

University of Georgia – Football – Kevin Hynes – 1 Oct 2015

University of Georgia – Football – Thomas Settles and Kevin Hynes – 27 Sep 2015

University of Pennsylvania – Football – Mark Pass – 22 Sep 2015

Edgewood High School (MD) – Football – Luke Erickson – 20 Sep 2015

Grimsley High School (NC) – Football – Unnamed by coach –  17 Sep 2015

University of Memphis – Football – Braxton Brady – 10 Sep 2015

Florida Atlantic University – Football – James Pendelton – 1 Sep 2015

Pelham High School (AL) – Cheerleaders – Emily Hoang – 25 Aug 2015

Marshall University – Football – Steve Harvey – 24 Aug 2015

Pray to Play

FFRF’s Play to Play Report released – 17 Aug 2015

Illinois State University – Football – John Rayford – 17 Aug 2015

University of Mississippi – Football – John Powell – 13 Aug 2015

University of Miami – Football – Steve (Steve DeBardelaben and Steve Caldwell) –  9 Aug 2015

University of North Carolina – Football – Mitch Mason – 4 Aug 2015

Auburn University – Football – Chette Williams – 4 Aug 2015

University of South Carolina – Football – Adrian Despres – 31 July 2015

Georgia Tech – Football – Derrick Moore – 22 July 2015

Georgia Tech – Football – Derrick Moore – 9 July 2015

Florida State University – Football – Clint Purvis – 8 July 2015

Eagle’s Landing High School (GA) – Football – Randal McNeil – 7 July 2015

Georgia Tech – Football – Derrick Moore – 17 June 2015

Ravenwood High School (TN) – Football – Prayer with coach – October 24 2014

University of Alabama – Football – Jeremiah Castille –  1 June 2015

University of California at Santa Barbara – Baseball – Tod Seversen – 30 May 2015

Northern State University – Basketball – Kevin Ratzsch – 25 May 2015

Ole Miss – Women’s – Peggie Gilom-Granderson – 23 May 2015

Ole Miss – Football – John Powell – 21 May 2015

University of Virginia – Football – George Morris – 16 May 2015

Florida State University – Football – Clint Purvis – 6 May 2015

North Carolina State University – Football – Al Byrd – 5 May 2015

South View High School (Hope Mills, NC) – Football – Dennis Sheppard – 22 Apr 2015

Auburn University – Football – Chette Williams – 21 Apr 2015

Kansas University – Basketball – Wayne Simien – 14 Apr 2015

Illinois State University – Basketball – Rev. John Rayford – 8 Apr 2015

University of Montana – Football – Steve Valentine – 7 Apr 2015

Heartland Community College – Jim Collins – Baseball – 5 April 2015


Initiated 26 Mar 2015 by Central Florida Freethought Community.

DISCLAIMER: The bloggers do not assert that these individuals are violating any laws nor that the reports of their work as chaplains at publicly funded schools are valid. This is simply a presentation of recent news reports relating to team chaplains.

News relating to the actions taken by state/church separation organizations that may trigger news items is not included in this summary.

Additional information at: www.cflfreethought.org

“School clubs and athletic teams may not have a “chaplain” or religious counselor. Public schools may not offer religious groups or individuals unique access to school property to befriend and proselytize to students because public schools may not advance or promote religion. Accordingly, public school clubs and athletic teams cannot appoint or employ a chaplain, seek out a spiritual leader for the club or team, or agree to have a team chaplain.”

Pray to Play

Public School Chaplains and Public School Prayer in the News