Chris Bell

Makakilo Bible Church,
Military Chaplaincy
Makakilo Bible Church
July 27
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About My Family

I am married and have two sons. My wife works from the home. Our older son is a Navy Veteran and is pursuing a Marine Biology degree at the University of Hawaii. Our younger son is a local church worship leader and is pursuing a Christian Studies degree at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.

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

About My Ministry

I am currently serving as the Command Chaplain for the USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), a guided-missile cruiser home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Prior to this assignment I served as Command Chaplain for the Security & Emergency Services Battalion at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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.


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