Ben Yablonski

Westcoast Baptist Association, British Columbia

Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy
British Columbia
Westcoast Baptist Association
August 2

About My Family

Ben and Carolyn grew up on the Canadian prairies.  They met at Bible College where Ben earned a degree in pastoral studies.  He was ordained in 1993.  Carolyn has a degree in nursing.  She is a Public Health Nurse and enjoys visiting new babies and their families.  Ben and Carolyn have lived on Vancouver Island since 1989.  They have three grown children (Cari-Lynn, William and Benson) living in British Columbia and Michigan.

About My Ministry

Ben was a firefighter in Manitoba, Canada, when God called him into ministry.  During his years of Bible college and church pastoring, he continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter, auxiliary police officer, ambulance attendant.  He saw, firsthand, the great need for pastoral care in the 911 community.  In 1999 God opened the doors for Ben to begin a ministry of chaplaincy to the RCMP and two municipal police departments on southern Vancouver Island.  Langford Fire Service invited Ben to come on board as their chaplain in 2008. The 911 Chaplaincy is a "come-alongside" style of ministry that is bringing God's care, love, and support to the 911 community; frequently on a one-to-one basis.  It is extending the reach of local churches into a closed community within our society. Ben visits the officers, firefighters and staff in their places of work and rides out with them on calls.  It is often in the wee hours of the morning, in the darkness of the cruiser, that some of the best conversations take place.  God is still opening doors to specialized units within the RCMP such as the Emergency Response Team and some federal sections. The ministry motto is "Serving Those Who Serve."

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

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Ben Yablonski

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Pray for Department/Detachment doors to remain open to chaplaincy. Pray that God puts Ben in the right place at the right time with the right words to share that will bless those he visits. Pray for safety for the 911 Community and Ben himself, as he attends calls and as he drives back home in the early hours of the morning.


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