Eric Coley

First Baptist Church , Florida
Institutional Chaplaincy
Crestview  Florida
First Baptist Church
November 7

About My Family

I enjoy hunting, going to the range, playing golf, watching college football and just being with family. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Judith, for almost 24 years. She serves in the children's ministry at First Baptist Church. She enjoys singing, loving on young families and volunteering with local ministries in the Milton/Pace, Florida area.

We have two daughters. Grace Anne is 20 and a junior at Auburn University studying Child Life. Emma Lynn is 18 and a senior at Milton High School in Milton, Fla.

Our family has a common goal for all humanity and that is that all humanity would be able to experience forgiveness and the love of Christ through salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ.

About My Ministry

I am an endorsed SBC chaplain for the Florida Department of Corrections. I minister to inmates of multiple religions, but I strive with the Lord leading me to show them the difference between their religion and Christianity.

Also, I am a licensed, ordained minister of the gospel. My call verse is Isaiah 61:1-3. Mark 10:13-31 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 are two of my favorite passages in the Word of God. I have recently been experiencing the realness of God through the what, who and why that God is who He says He is. God is good!

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.


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