Andrew Hilden

Grace Baptist Church,
Military Chaplaincy
Grace Baptist Church
August 20
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About My Family

I am an Air Force brat who has moved more than seven times in my lifetime. I attended the University of Southern Indiana where I met my beautiful wife, Ceslie.

I was commissioned as a field artillery officer through ROTC there and shortly after deployed to Mosul, Iraq, for eight months. I went on to Southern Seminary where I received my M.DIV. in Christian Ministry. I switched over to the Army Chaplaincy after answering the call God had in my life.

I currently serve full time as a youth pastor and education minister at Grace Baptist Church on the south side of Indianapolis. We have two beautiful girls, Camie and Maggie.

About My Ministry

I have been in the Army Chaplaincy for six years now. I serve in the Indiana Army National Guard. My first assignment was as the battalion chaplain for the 2-151 Infantry Battalion. I served there for five years and was transferred to the 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB). I have been with the GSAB for three years now.

I do a lot of soldier counseling in areas ranging from finances to suicide intervention. I conduct marriage and single soldier retreats. I also conduct chapel services in a garrison and field environment. I try to integrate myself into all aspects of training.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the extension of the local church. Chaplains reach the lost among the thousands of men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, public safety, disaster relief sites and corporate environments. SBC Chaplains care for the broken, offer hope to the hopeless, and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in hard to reach places. The qualifications expected of a Southern Baptist applying for endorsement as a chaplain or counselor are established by the using agency and the Chaplains Commission, SBC. These qualification requirements vary according to the type of chaplaincy or counseling ministry involved but all are expected to meet a high level of ministerial competence. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit


For boldness to share the gospel as I interact with people. For receptive hearts among the people in my community. For people to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. For the Lord of the Harvest to send more workers into the field to join missionaries and chaplains.


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