Chaplains meet spiritual needs of race drivers and their families

Over the roar of powerful engines and the squeal of smoking tires, State Capitol Raceway Chaplains Craft Dunaway and Jay Dunlap joined hands with a driver to pray for his ailing family member.

“Father, we come to you tonight knowing you are still in the healing business and you are still the great physician,” Dunlap prayed during a recent “Always Fun Friday” evening event at the track on U.S. 190 not far from Erwinville.

“We pray right now for this lady that you will touch her in a mighty way, and I pray for the family fixin’ to be caregivers, and we lift them up to you and we thank you in Jesus’ holy and precious name, amen.”

As the grateful man walked back to the drag-strip’s pit area, he wiped his face with his T-shirt sleeve, and Dunaway and Dunlap smiled at the spiritual opportunity to help a friend.

Dunaway, 64, has been an independent, nondenominational volunteer chaplain here for 30 years. Dunlap, 60, is associated with Racers for Christ, a nationwide motor-sports ministry, is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and has been preaching to and praying with the racers for 15 years. More 

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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