David Choate

New Providence Baptist Church,
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy
New Providence Baptist Church
May 4
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About My Family

I have been married to Coleen since 1987. We have two sons, Joshua and Andrew. Joshua currently serves in the U.S. Air Force. Andrew works for me in the family business.

In 1992, I started a business that provides measuring and test equipment to industries.

About My Ministry

I am the chaplain coordinator for the Loudon County Sheriff's Office in Loudon County, Tenn. My wife, Coleen, also serves with me as a chaplain with our department.

We also serve as chaplains for Loudon City Fire Department and the Tennessee Disaster Mental Health Crisis Response Team.

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 that I can be the man of God that He would have me to be. 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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