Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains deploy to Rockingham County, North Carolina

BG-RRT Press Kit

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) have announced a deployment to Rockingham County, North Carolina, after a tornado tore through the region on Friday, May 6. BG-RRT chaplains arrive Monday in Wentworth, North Carolina – about 40 miles northeast of Winston-Salem.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Rockingham County. We can’t even begin to imagine how scary this situation must have been,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with, listen and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this storm.”

The team of crisis-trained chaplains is serving alongside the disaster relief organization Samaritan’s Purse to help meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted by the tornado.
BG-RRT chaplains are now serving in four locations. Besides Rockingham County, BG-RRT chaplains are also serving in Seminole, Oklahoma, following tornado damage. They also continue to serve in Ukraine, working alongside several Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospitals and in Poland, where they are offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee from Ukraine.

For more information on the ministry, including videos, photos, news articles and an interactive map of former and current deployments, visit the BG-RRT press kit or Updates can also be found at

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team was developed by Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It has since grown into an international network of chaplains in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia who are specifically trained to deal with crisis situations. They have deployed to more than 550 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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