David McIlvaine

New Bridge Baptist Church, Virginia
Healthcare Chaplaincy
Henrico Virginia
New Bridge Baptist Church
April 15

About My Family

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

About My Ministry

I am a pediatric chaplain with Bon Secours Mercy Health in Richmond, Va. I work with an organization called Noah's Children. We work with children who are in hospice/palliative care and their families. I have been with them for about a year and a half.

Along with with Noah's Children, I work as the pediatric chaplain in the hospital system covering the neonatal intensive care units at four hospitals and the pediatric intensive care unit and pediatrics at St. Mary's Hospital. I have always loved children and this job has allowed me to help children who are need of support. Working with the families has been very special as well.

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

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 for my daughter and grandchildren as they have been exposed to COVID-19 and are in the testing process. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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