Chris Lybarger

First Baptist Church Arnold, Missouri
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy, Healthcare Chaplaincy
Arnold Missouri
First Baptist Church Arnold
April 18
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About My Family

My wife and I currently live in the St, Louis area and have three wonderful adult children. I have served more than 30 years in full-time ministry serving Southern Baptist churches.

Besides serving the local church, God has allowed me to serve in the health care/hospital field for many years with behavioral health patients along with hospice patients.

About My Ministry

I am an SBC-endorsed full-time healthcare chaplain with Pathways Hospice and Palliative Care and a volunteer SBC-endorsed chaplain for the Arnold Police Department in Arnold, Mo. It is a joy to serve the men and women in law enforcement and to be an encourager to them during these difficult times. I am very pleased that our local church has the same vision to love and support our first responders.

Families go through much hurt and disappointment as their loved ones struggle during their last days. As a hospice chaplain, I’m honored that God has allowed me the privilege to walk with them during this challenge and to share with them the love of Christ.

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 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.


Pray for our first responders and their families as they serve every day in situations that are challenging and often times deal with the unknown. May they sense the love and presence of God. Pray for the many families who struggle with the journey of a terminal prognosis and eternal loss. May they grieve with hope and know that our God loves them and understands their hurt. Pray that through this ministry, more seeds could be planted for the sake of the gospel.


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