Carlos Soca

Christ Our Hope Church, New Jersey
Military Chaplaincy
Lyndhurst New Jersey
Christ Our Hope Church
July 17

About My Family

I was born and raised in northeast New Jersey. At the age of 16, I was invited to church by a friend. After a year of attending Bible studies and through the faithful gospel witness of the church, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I later married that friend, Madai, and together we are the parents of three blessings: Josh, Hannah and Avery.

After much prayer and confirmation of the call by others, I entered seminary and graduated in 2006 with a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. During my time at seminary, I was mentored by the pastors at Open Door Church in Raleigh, N.C., and participated in the pastoral ministry internship.

In late 2009, the pastors and members of Open Door affirmed God’s calling on my life, and I was ordained as one of its pastors.

About My Ministry

I have the privilege of serving as a U.S. Navy chaplain. As a chaplain, I serve in gospel-centered worship services, prayers, weddings, Bible studies, funerals and other events, according to our faith tradition.

A second core area of ministry in chaplaincy is facilitating for those outside my faith tradition. While I won't compromise my own beliefs, I protect the religious freedoms of military personnel by making sure they can practice their faith.

My third area of ministry is to care for all. I care for God’s image-bearers by being quick to listen, empathizing with them and carefully encouraging them with the wisdom I have received.

Finally, I serve the command by making the proper recommendations for the execution of religious ministry and appropriate collaboration with religious leaders outside the command.

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.

Pray

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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Fund ID: Z27CNA-Soca,Carlos
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