James Brown

First Baptist Church, Chandler, Ariz., Kentucky
Military Chaplaincy
Fort Campbell Kentucky
First Baptist Church, Chandler, Ariz.
June 11
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About My Family

I'm a pastor's kid from Paducah, Ky. My parents instilled in me a love for Jesus, missionary work, evangelism and discipleship. After high school, I joined the U.S. Air Force and met my future wife, Neely, at a young singles ministry in 1999. We've been by each other's side ever since. We were married in 2002 and have three wonderful daughters: Mara Naomi, Hannah Rae and Evangeline Hope.

About My Ministry

Ministry for me really started while attending Gateway Seminary Arizona campus. I worked with Set Free Baptist Fellowship in the inner-city of Phoenix, ministering to men who had made destructive choices in life regarding addiction, violence and finances. God used that time to open doors to serving as a chaplain. I began in Arizona as a prison chaplain ministering to inmates who were in maximum security and on death row.

I currently serve as an Army Chaplain. The ministry is cross-cultural and is a unique missions context. The Army has its own language, norms, celebrations and worldview. Sharing Christ is incarnational, sometimes messy and visceral, but extremely rewarding. Through moves, temporary duty assignments and deployments, God continues to open doors to share Jesus and His redemption in the most amazing places and ways.

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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