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Colonel (Retired), United States Army

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Welcome to Chaplain Tom Day

We are pleased to introduce another new Chaplain to the extended RTCA family. Chaplain Tom Day and his wife Susan began ministering to those on the backside at Rillito Race Track in Tucson, AZ in February 2014.

Chaplain Tom Day

Chaplain Day is a retired Army Chaplain (Colonel) and is endorsed to the Chaplaincy by the Southern Baptist Churches. Along with a Bachelor’s Degree, Tom earned a Master of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He lives in AZ with his wife Susan and they have two grown children. His son, James, is married with children and lives in Colorado. His daughter, Jodi, is married with children and lives in Texas.

Chaplain Day is a new addition to the Arizona RTCA Turf Paradise Chapel Council and Rillito Race Track is also a new addition to the RTCA ministry. According to the track’s official website, “it’s the birth place of Quarter Horse racing as well as the photo finish. Rillito has a 5/8 mile race track that hosts Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing several sunny weekends each year in Tucson, Arizona.”


Chaplain Tom Day and Regional Director Amy Shumaker

Chaplain Tom Day and Regional Director Amy Shumaker in front of the Chapel


The Chapel at Rillito Race Track is located on the back side of the track near the stables just as you enter the horseman gate.  The Chapel is a small trailer that has a front door and large roll-up door in the rear.  This is opened during services to allow God’s word to fly out into the air around the chapel.  Music is provided by an iphone and small speakers. Chapel is provided every Sunday, along with a Jockey prayer prior to the first race each race day, Saturday and Sunday.

We welcome Tom and Susan Day to our Race Track Chaplaincy Family!







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