Chris Bell

New Song Community Church, California
Military Chaplaincy
Oceanside California
New Song Community Church
July 27

About My Family

I am married (over 26 years) and have two grown sons. My wife is self-employed and supports my chaplaincy. The elder son serves as a Navy Corpsman (x-ray technician) stationed at Portsmouth, Va. The younger is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Christian studies at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

I previously served in full-time vocational ministry for more 14 years before entering the Navy as a chaplain.

About My Ministry

I am currently assigned as the Command Chaplain for the Security and Emergency Services Battalion onboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., where I serve Marines, Sailors, government employees and their families.

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, 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.


Pray for boldness to share the gospel and open hearts among the people to whom I minister. Pray for people to come to saving faith in Jesus. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


Commit to long-term prayer support. Explore the opportunities to extend the reach of your church by becoming a chaplain. Be involved in supporting chaplains and their families. Send notes of encouragement. Talk with a chaplain about his or her ministry context. Send resources that support a chaplain's ministry context. Pray for chaplains and their families.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
Fund ID: LKK02N-Bell,Chris