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Our Challenge

Despite having no active duty military bases within its borders, the state of Indiana is home to 50,000 military members and their families. Indiana ranks as the 4th largest Army National Guard in the United States. In June 2009 Indiana celebrated the return of 3,000 of its citizen-soldier-patriots who had served a year in Iraq, the largest military deployment from the Hoosier State since World War II. Deployments continue today. Not since World War II have Indiana’s military families been asked to sacrifice so much for their country. They have faithfully responded, but their service comes with a tremendous price.

According to the April 2010 issue of the Army Times, after more than eight years of war, some 200,000 military marriages have crashed and burned —more than 27,000 last year alone. Divorce rates have risen dramatically to 40% in the last decade.  If soldiers got a Purple Heart for every broken heart, those who have suffered through a divorce since September 11, 2001, they would eclipse those with physical wounds by about 5 to 1.

The enormous stress on military families can be overwhelming financially, emotionally and spiritually.  Maintaining a strong, healthy, and enduring marriage and family is a real challenge especially for America’s Guard and Reserve families.  They are typically scattered throughout our cities and towns, isolated from one another, among a population that has little understanding of what they are going through, and with little access to resources to help them survive both the practical day-to-day challenges and the much deeper emotional and spiritual issues they battle.

Our Mission

After learning these disturbing statistics, Chaplain (Major) Doug Hedrick envisioned Centurion’s Watch.  “It was a God moment that led me to create an organization with its only purpose and mission is to build strong military families,” said Chaplain Hedrick.  While serving in the United Army Reserves, Hedrick was deployed to Iraq in 2005.  “I experienced first-hand the enormous strains of combat, and the resulting challenges military families face,” said Hedrick.  “Our military families deserve a fighting chance.”

Centurion’s Watch is a faith-based nonprofit organization that uses practical, thought provoking biblically based education and support to transform America’s Reserve and Guard families into strong, healthy and ready military families.  “Our marriage strengthening programs are available to military families regardless of where they serve or in which branch of America’s armed services,” Hedrick said. “We give hope to military families by equipping them with practical, spiritual tools that build strong, lasting marriages.”

Our Plan

  • Provide marriage strengthening programs for Guard and Reserve members and their spouses.
  • Facilitate the interaction of service members and their families with faith based counseling provided by a network of Christian churches and counselors located throughout the country.
  • Mobilize individuals, churches, businesses and para-church organizations for prayer, financial partnership and advocacy on behalf of the members of Guard and Reserve and their families.

Our Faith

We believe…

  • In the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…
  • One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…
  • The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…
  • The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…
  • The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…
  • The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

“…But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

To Review our Origins-Purpose-Vision Narrative, CLICK HERE!

CW on the Radio

Listen to Centurion’s Watch Founder, Doug Hedrick, along with El Ahlwardt, Centurions Watch VP, as they interviewed by host Jeff Cardwell on People Helping People (PHP) Radio. We think you will enjoy the conversation about everything Centurion’s Watch. Click Here to Listen Now

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We invite you to learn about who we are, how we got started, why we exist, and what our long term vision is for coming along side military families to help them in the fight to survive as a couple and as a family.   CLICK HERE!

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Who We Are & Why We Exist

Centurion’s Watch During the time of the Roman Empire, “Centurions” were considered an elite fighting force, much like today’s Special Forces personnel in America’s Department of Defense. These were proven warriors, exemplary in leadership, dependability, and courage. It was a Centurion about whom Jesus proclaimed, “I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” …

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