Days before Chad Williams was to report to military duty in Great Lakes, Illinois, he turned on the television and was greeted with the horrifying images of his mentor, US Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, being brutally murdered in a premeditated ambush on the roads of Fallujah, Iraq. Steeled in his resolve, Chad followed in Scott’s footsteps and completed the US military’s most difficult and grueling training to become a Navy SEAL. One of only thirteen from a class of 173 to make it straight through to graduation, Chad served his country on SEAL Teams One and Seven for five years, completing tours of duty in the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Iraq.
On Friday May 18th, we were joined by Chad Williams as he took us on his journey through Naval Ops training and onto the streets or Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. Chad shared his own radical conversion story and talked about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.