Jacob Guinn

Calvary Baptist Church,
Military Chaplaincy
Calvary Baptist Church
November 30
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About My Family

I have been serving in Christian ministry for more than 10 years. Prior to becoming a U.S. Air Force Chaplain, I served as a senior pastor in two churches in Tennessee.

I received by bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and then got my M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During my formal education, I had opportunities to serve as a youth pastor and in college ministry at my Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM).

While pastoring, I served on numerous committees and boards in my local Baptist association, state convention and East Tennessee State University BCM.

I’m married to my best friend and college sweetheart, Elizabeth. We met at a Bible study at our BCM while going to college. We have three wonderful and silly children: Daniel (8), Lydia (6) and Hannah (3).

About My Ministry

I serve as a chaplain assigned to the 502 Air Base Wing of JBSA-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. In this capacity, I serve as a Chaplain to those in basic military training and the 40,000 Airmen in training who come through the “Gateway to the Air Force.”

I lead the the largest Protestant/Christian worship service in the Air Force with four Sunday worship services reaching 2,500 to 3,000 trainees on a weekly basis. I have had the joy of baptizing roughly 80–100 new brothers and sisters in Christ every month. It’s a ministry that is fast paced and large in scope, but one whose fields are white for harvest.

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 are established by the using agency and the Chaplains Commission, SBC. These qualification requirements vary according to the type of chaplaincy 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 and trainees to whom I minister at basic military training. Pray for people to come to saving faith in Jesus. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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