What is "PWOC"
PWOC stands for Protestant Women Of the Chapel
PWOC is a women's ministry that is God empowered, Christ centered, and Spirit led.
Being a military family - we have our own unique challenges: Deployment stress? Marriages under fire? PCS transitions? Lack of connection? Anxious children? Hurting hearts? Any of these sound familiar?
Fort Belvoir's PWOC offers our local ladies hope.
Bible studies that are life-changing.
Friendships that are like sisterhood.
We are a community that cares and provides opportunities to make a difference.
Through PWOC, God is changing lives, changing communities, and changing the world.
Be part of something BIG. Become part of our PWOC family today!
Did You Know??
Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) is a NATIONAL program that ministers to women worldwide in more than 130 military instillations!
At Fort Belvoir, we are proud to echo and follow the 4 aims of PWOC:
LEAD women to a relationship with Christ
TEACH women God's Word
DEVELOP women's spiritual gifts
INVOLVE women in Chapel ministries
Take a minute to watch this video to learn a little more - our VERY OWN Titus 2 Mentor, Audrey Bigelow, shares her experience!
Our PWOC Heritage
PWOC participants can be proud of their international and national PWOC heritage. This chapel-based ministry for women was formed to help chaplains carry out their religious programs, and to bring Christian fellowship and spiritual growth to U.S. military communities around the globe.
Shortly after family members of U.S. Armed Forces began arriving in Europe in the mid-1950’s, women formed chapel support groups to assist their chaplains and to seek Christian fellowship. Initially, these groups had no ties to other chapel or women’s groups. In October 1955, 250 women from across Europe attended a convention in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Here a U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) PWOC Council was established and guidelines for area and local chapters were prepared. In May 1956, 500 women gathered again in Berchtesgaden for the first PWOC Training Conference. There were speakers and workshops to train the delegates and to offer spiritual enrichment. This conference proved to be so successful that it has become an annual PWOC-Europe event. All chapters of the U.S. Forces Europe were united into one organization in 1960 and the USAREUR Council became the European Council.
“We Are Workers Together for Christ,” the theme of the first PWOC training conference, has become the official motto for PWOC worldwide.