James Lanford

Olive Baptist Church ,
Military Chaplaincy
Olive Baptist Church
July 5

About My Family

I and my family ultimately desire to serve God and His church. My wife, Joy, and I have been married coming up on 15 years.

We have five wonderful sons, Clayton (13), London (12), Ashton (10), Noble (9) and Nathanael (7). We enjoy sports, movies and going to the beach.

About My Ministry

I daily live for Jesus to show others the eternal hope found only in Him. I currently serve in Pensacola Florida with the U.S. Navy. I lead several Bible studies and worship services on base at Corry Station.

A large part of the morning congregation is retired Navy but our evening service is 100% U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and Marine students attending the initial school training for their particular rate.

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.


Pray for boldness to share the gospel and open hearts among the people to whom I minister. Pray for people to come to saving faith in Jesus. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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