Chaplain Kempton Baldridge of Seaman’s Church Institute greets a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa. The Chippewa, a 75-foot buoy tender, is responsible for working floating and shoreline aids along the Tennessee, Ohio and upper Mississippi rivers. Baldridge travels these same rivers offering support and encouragement to members of the inland merchant marine. Photo courtesy of Gregory Thorp.

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Ministering on the Mississippi

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Chaplain Kempton Baldridge of Seaman’s Church Institute greets a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa. The Chippewa, a 75-foot buoy tender, is responsible for working floating and shoreline aids along the Tennessee, Ohio and upper Mississippi rivers. Baldridge travels these same rivers offering support and encouragement to members of the inland merchant marine. Photo courtesy of Gregory Thorp.

Chaplain Kempton Baldridge of Seaman’s Church Institute greets a crew member aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Chippewa. The Chippewa, a 75-foot buoy tender, is responsible for working floating and shoreline aids along the Tennessee, Ohio and upper Mississippi rivers. Baldridge travels these same rivers offering support and encouragement to members of the inland merchant marine. Photo courtesy of Gregory Thorp.