Austin Fletcher

Campton Baptist Church, Armed Forces Pacific
Military Chaplaincy
Iwakuni Armed Forces Pacific
Campton Baptist Church
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About My Family

I grew up in a Christian home. My grandfather was a pastor for 35 years while my grandmother played piano and sang. My father was an elder at his church for several decades, and he and my mother brought me up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Serving God and loving His people in the church was the example set before me as a child.

My wife (Ella) and I had our first date at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball while we were in college. After a short while, I told her she was the only woman I would ever love. Together we have been married for 15 years, lived in six states (HI, SC, VA, NC, GA, KY), moved into and out of 13 houses, attended eight churches, had four kids (Maverick, Journey, Finley, and Aundey), and endured three deployments (Iraq, Afghanistan, 22D MEU). God has brought us through it all by His grace.

About My Ministry

As a Southern Baptist military chaplain, I give thanks to God for the chance to minister to the needs of those with whom I serve.

I love and delight in God’s Word. Through God’s free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, I have been saved from the wages of sin and death. He has given me a lovely wife, in whom I have full confidence, and lack nothing of value. She brings me good, not harm, all the days of my life.

He has blessed us with His body the church, brothers and sisters with whom we have joined in imitating Christ, and have kept our eyes on one another to walk according to the example of Christ. God has given my wife and me the blessing of four children. They are our heritage in the Lord, and we give thanks for the opportunity to share with them the joys of following Christ through our example.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a vital frontline ministry and extension of the local church. Chaplains reach the lost among the thousands of men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, healthcare settings, correctional facilities, 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 their institution 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.


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