James Duckworth

Rocky Mount Baptist,
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy, Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy
Rocky Mount Baptist
June 17
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About My Family

I have been married to Jean Veach Duckworth for more than 25 years. Our children and grandchildren are as follows: Chris and Mary Beth Schindler and children, Davis and Emmy Schindler (Louisville, Ky.); and James and Jes Schindler, Dagger and Jasper Schindler and Aubree Preston (Rockledge, Fla.).

I am disabled, but glad God chooses to use my weakness in body.

About My Ministry

I hold SBC endorsements in disaster relief and public safety/volunteer fire chaplaincy. I am involved in Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief through the McMinn-Meigs Baptist Association in Athens, Tenn., as a chaplain and Blue Cap. I have training in the FEMA NIMS/ICS systems and critical incident stress management, mental health first-aid and suicide prevention. I serve as the fire chaplain for the McMinn County Rural Fire Department.

I am also a member of the Tennessee Federation of Fire Chaplains, and a member of the Tennessee Disaster Mental Health Strike Team, or Tennessee Crisis Response Network. This team will respond to first responders and others who are dealing with crisis to ensure they have the best mental health care possible. I have 290+ hours in training.

I serve as assistant pastor of Rocky Mount Baptist Church.

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.


My prayer is like the Prayer of Jabez, “Lord, expand my coasts.” I ask that you join me in that prayer. Pray for those to whom I minister in day-to-day ministry. I thank everyone who prayed for my wife Jean.


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