Harold Garrett

First Baptist Church Hoxie,
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
First Baptist Church Hoxie
January 4
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About My Family

I have been married for 56 years to Esther Garrett. We live in Memphis, Tenn. We have three children living in the Memphis area (two daughters and one son). I retired from the Navy after 23 years of service. My second career was as an information technology systems analyst. I served with the International Mission Board (IMB) in Israel as a volunteer for a year and then as a Mission Service Corps missionary in northeast Arkansas. I was designated Mission Service Corps emeritus October 2, 2012.

About My Ministry

I am an endorsed disaster relief unit chaplain with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. As a chaplain I minister in areas affected by a disaster. I am an ordained minister and a member of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship.

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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