Debi Sharkey

Celebration Church, Louisiana
Institutional Chaplaincy
Metairie Louisiana
Celebration Church
November 4

About My Family

My husband, Rick, and I have been married for 35 years. We have three daughters, five grandchildren and one more due in February 2018.

About My Ministry

I am the chaplain with women incarcerated at Lousiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). I also direct the Bible college where inmate students are working on their bachelor's degrees through New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). The students are being equipped to serve as peer ministers to other inmates on the compound. One of my favorite lines in a movie resonates with me: "You don't throw a whole life away, just cause it's banged up a little." Those who are incarcerated are considered "throw aways" to many in our society. But for NOBTS and to many of our volunteers, the ladies incarcerated at LCIW are precious in God's sight. They have redemption through Christ. They have potential and purpose through Christ. Thank you for praying for them and for all of those who work with them for our wisdom and guidance.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the 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. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit


For peer ministers and volunteers as we push back darkness in the prison. For receptive hearts among the prisoners at LCIW. For wisdom for all of the chaplaincy staff to serve the people in love (1 Kings 3:9). For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.


Chaplains serve as an extension of the local church in places that other members and church staff sometimes cannot go. Explore the opportunities to extend the reach of your church by becoming a chaplain in one of the many settings where chaplains bring gospel ministry with compassion and convictional kindness. Be involved in supporting chaplains and their families. Pray for chaplains and their families.
NAMB does not provide compensation for SBC endorsed chaplains. However, a general fund is available to receive donations in support of the ministry and pastoral care to SBC endorsed chaplains. To donate, please visit Support Chaplaincy (
Fund ID: I6JLUA-Sharkey,Debra