Jay Burke

Faith Family Baptist Church in Oak Grove, Ky., Kentucky
Military Chaplaincy
Hopkinsville Kentucky
Faith Family Baptist Church in Oak Grove, Ky.
May 23
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About My Family

I have been married to Christi for 15 years. We have three kiddos. Nathan is 11, Emma is 9, and Eden is 6.

I felt called to chaplaincy ministry in 2006 after drowning in the pool at The Citadel and being rescued by a friend. A chaplain grabbed me by the shoulder the next day and told me that God wanted me to know He loved me and wanted me to stop running from Him. The rest is history!

Christi and I love military ministry and have been serving God in local churches and chapels since 2009.

About My Ministry

From 2018–2021, I served with the 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Ky.

In 2022, I served as Battalion Chaplain with 1st Battalion 10th Special Forces Group in Stuttgart, Germany. I spent one year traveling all over Europe training teams to train Ukrainians to fight. I was the Senior Chaplain for The Bridge Chapel on Robinson Barracks. While there the chaplaincy grew from four to 100 people! God is moving!

In 2023, I moved to Fort Campbell, Ky., to take the 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division as a Brigade Chaplain. I have seven Battalion Chaplains, and we are deploying to Europe.

I also served as the Crossroads Chapel outreach and connect group pastor to all soldiers and families at Fort Campbell. God has been moving in mighty ways through our connect groups, both virtually and in person this year (Psalm 115:1).

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the 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. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit www.namb.net/chaplaincy.


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