Hyun Namkung

Tabernacle of David, SBC,
Military Chaplaincy
Tabernacle of David, SBC
January 23
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About My Family

Chaplain Namkung, a native of Seoul, Korea, graduated from Dae-Gu University Korea in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned his Master of Divinity degree at Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary in 2004. He completed his coursework Ph.D. at Grace Mission University in California in 2019. He then commissioned into the U.S. Navy in January of 2020.

Chaplain Namkung graduated from Officer's Development School and the Basic Leadership Course at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center on April 2020. His first mission is serving on the USS Winston S. Churchill, DDG 81 in Norfolk, Va.

Chaplain Namkung has been married to his wife, Jinhee, for 13 years. They have two adorable children, Yoon and Won. He holds a third degree black belt for Japanese Swordsmanship Martial Arts called Kendo.

About My Ministry

Lt. Namkung is a Navy Chaplain. Prior this ministry, Namkung was a church planter. He planted two churches on the north and south campuses of the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also the founder of the Korea Society mission and service (2005) for marketplace ministry, columnist for Korea Baptist Press (2016-2018), court interpreter (Korean) and senior pastor for western New York.

He has various cooperative experiences for educational and humanitarian work with Campus Crusade for Christ International (2000), Good Samaritan Hospital in Pakistan (2004), Food for the Hungry in South Korea (2005), Church Alliance in Cambodia (2002-2004), State University of New York at Buffalo (2010-2018), director of international affairs of Grace Mission University (2018-2010) and Syrian Refugee Aid Center in Greece (2019).

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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