Padre enjoying move to Cold Lake, new challenges

Cliff Kenyon

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Capt Megan Jones looks forward to helping various faith groups at 4 Wing Cold Lake.
Photo: Cliff Kenyon

Chaplains aren’t born to be chaplains or military padres.

It’s a calling and sometimes a calling that can take some time to be heard. Sometimes it can be others you work with who tell you that’s what you should be doing.

That’s how it worked for Capt Megan Jones, the newest chaplain joining the team at 4 Wing Cold Lake.

“During my time early in the military, people would ask me why I wasn’t a chaplain,” said Jones, who arrived recently in Cold Lake.

She’s uncertain why others suggested such a pursuit, but it started while she was in the reserves in the Military Police (MP). Originally from Cape Breton Island, Jones had joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) reserves in 2003.

“My faith has always been very important to me,” she said. “I met a chaplain who helped me decide what to do. My faith has always been an important part of my life. I won’t deny it. It was other chaplains who helped me decide. Other chaplains gave me the confidence to follow this path.”

As a military police officer Jones served on the East Coast and also in Afghanistan in 2008 before pursuing a future as a chaplain.

“It was a good experience, tough at times and always busy. But I had lots of great opportunities and experiences.”

“It was a blessing because I don’t feel like I’m starting from scratch as a chaplain,” said Jones. She moved to Cold Lake recently with her husband, who is a CAF member, and her son. “I know what military life is like as a CAF member and as the wife of a CAF member.

All of this helps me as a chaplain.”

She admits a change from being in the Military Police to being a chaplain may seem unusual, but she said military chaplains come from a variety of trades.

“For me it’s all about service to others. That’s the beautiful thing about the chaplaincy. We get to wear the uniform and serve others who wear the uniform. It’s an honour to do that.”

Being a military chaplain is full of challenges, but there are also some wonderful opportunities such as learning about the various faith groups practised by CAF members.

“You have to be rooted in you own faith,” said Jones, who is United Church. “And you have to be open enough to learn about all the faith groups. We get to care for all.”

She also welcomed the move to Cold Lake and says its living up to her expectations.

“It feels like being in the Maritimes. It’s very welcoming.”

She has also served in Kingston, Ont., and been at CFB Borden.

“Of all my postings this is my favorite.”