Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains respond after a school shooting in St. Louis

BG-RRT Press Kit

Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) are responding to St. Louis, Missouri, after a school shooting in which three people were killed and six others were injured. The chaplains arrived Monday night, hours after the shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School. Police Chief Michael Sack said that the fast response by a security guard, along with police officers who responded, helped to end the shooting before more people were killed or injured.

“As a father of four, my heart is heavy to hear about this tragic shooting at a high school,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to pray with and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy.”

BG-RRT chaplains are now serving in seven locations. Besides St. Louis, Missouri, chaplains are serving in three areas of Florida after Hurricane Ian battered the southwest coast of the state. They are comforting and assisting people who were impacted by Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico. They continue to minister to people in eastern Kentucky, comforting residents affected by recent severe flooding, and they are serving in Ukraine, offering hope and providing comfort and compassion to families who have been forced to flee their homes.

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 BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

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 BillyGraham.org/RRT. Updates can also be found at Facebook.com/RRTChaplains.

About the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team:

Media Opportunities
  • Josh Holland, international director for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, will be available for interviews.

  • For B-Roll, photos and media inquiries, please contact Christine Batchelder at cbatchelder@bgea.org, (704) 724-6851.

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 680 disaster sites across the globe, including shootings, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and tornadoes.

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Media Contact:
Christine Batchelder
cbatchelder@bgea.org

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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