Rivers & Gulf

SCI's Ministry on the Rivers and Gulf (MOR+G)

Providing year-round pastoral care, SCI’s Ministry on the Rivers and Gulf offers pastoral counseling, support and fellowship to the maritime industry’s employees and shoreside management working on the Ohio and Mississippi River systems and in the Gulf of Mexico. Our chaplains go wherever the waters flow.

Reach a Chaplain any time by calling toll-free 1-800-708-1998, or email chaplain@seamenschurch.org.

The lifeblood of our nation’s economy flows on America’s system of navigable waterways. Valuable commodities and merchandise essential to our modern way of life float up and down rivers, along coastlines and across oceans, bridging the gaps between distant places and cultures.

The mighty Ohio and Mississippi Rivers along with their tributaries and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway join with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway flowing ultimately into the Gulf of Mexico. On these, American merchant mariners plot courses, through ever-changing conditions, night and day.

The men and women of America’s maritime industry work in a world constantly in motion. Weather and plans vary by the minute. Though swift waters roll just a few feet below slippery decks, slow hours pass on night watches far from home.

One thing remains constant.

Anchors of support provided by SCI’s Ministry on the Rivers and Gulf give maritime industry workers the support they need on their journeys’ unpredictable ways. Our chaplains go wherever the waters flow.

Providing year-round pastoral care, MOR+G offers pastoral counseling, support and fellowship to the thousands of professional mariners at work on board towboats, offshore vessels, harbor tugs, buoy tenders and dredges on the Ohio and Mississippi River systems, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. SCI offers the only network of pastoral care available on the American inland waterways, and it operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

MOR+G is a network of SCI employees and volunteers across America. People from all faiths and walks of life sustain SCI’s ministry, finding their own ways to be a part of this welcoming community.

The program includes boat visits, counseling services, fellowship and collecting and distributing gifts at Christmas. Using the resources of chaplains and volunteers nationwide, SCI makes sure that no matter where their rigorous work takes them, mariners have someone on whom they can depend.