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Pastor, as chaplain in Kuwait, says God is growing his faith

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Immersed in the Gulf
Jerry Shacklett (right), a Kentucky pastor now serving as a military chaplain in Kuwait, prepares to baptize Lt. John Marciano of New York City on Easter morning in the Persian Gulf. Photo courtesy of the Kentucky Baptist Convention
KUWAIT (BP)--Jerry Shacklett's ministry has taken him far from his old Kentucky home -- around the world to a naval base in Kuwait.
      Shacklett, pastor of Irvington Baptist Church in Irvington, Ky., serves as a chaplain for the United States Army National Guard's 1/487th field artillery unit in Kuwait.
      Although Shacklett was deployed in early January, he and his wife, Ruth Ann, had been preparing for the possibility since last summer.