Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains respond to Colorado Springs, Colorado, after mass shooting at a nightclub

BG-RRT Press Kit

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (BG-RRT) is responding to Colorado Springs, Colorado, after a mass shooting event at a nightclub where five people were killed and at least 18 others were injured late Saturday night. A team of chaplains will arrive tonight and begin ministering Monday. This shooting is reminiscent of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed. BG-RRT responded to the 2016 incident where 40 chaplains prayed with close to 2,000 people.

“Our hearts break for those who have lost loved ones and friends in this shooting,” said Josh Holland, international director of the BG-RRT. “We are sending our crisis-trained chaplains to listen, comfort, pray with, and share God’s love with those who have been impacted by this horrific tragedy.”

BG-RRT chaplains are now providing emotional and spiritual support in five locations. Besides Colorado Springs, chaplains are serving in three areas of Florida after Hurricane Ian battered the southwest coast of the state. They are also serving in Ukraine, offering hope and providing emotional comfort and spiritual care 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.

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, as well as chaplain coordinators on the ground in Colorado Springs.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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