David McIlvaine

New Bridge Baptist Church,
Professional Organizations Chaplaincy, Healthcare Chaplaincy
New Bridge Baptist Church
April 15
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About My Family

I am married and have two stepdaughters and five grandchildren. Melissa, my wife, and I enjoy traveling, mainly to see the grandchildren and places of history. Also, we love to garden and work around the house.

Chaplaincy is a second career for me. I worked in the landscape/irrigation industry for more than 30 years.

About My Ministry

I am an SBC-endorsed chaplain at Westminster at Lake Ridge in Lake Ridge, Va. I started this new position January 23, 2023.

Westminster at Lake Ridge is a retirement community that provides independent cottages and apartments, assisted living, skilled nursing and hospice care. There are about 350 residents in the community. As of now, I am the only chaplain, but get to hire a part-time chaplain soon. I get to build this program from the ground up and start doing things to help the residents and their families.

I also teach a small group at my church. This has been very rewarding for me in my faith journey.

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 stamina and longevity for ministry amidst attacks from the enemy. Pray for my job as it can be stressful at times. Pray that I am able to do a better job at self-care and save time for myself and my family. Pray more people will become missionaries and chaplains.


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