Joe Robyn Crosby

Sweetwater Church, Abita Springs,
Healthcare Chaplaincy
Sweetwater Church, Abita Springs
April 18
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About My Family

As a seventh generation Texan, I never expected to make my home in the far northern plains or the small towns of southern Louisiana. I grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, attending FBC, Lake Jackson. I am the oldest of three boys and developed an appreciation for the outdoors early in life, hunting and fishing with my dad and brothers.

I attended East Texas Baptist University in Marshall and went to seminary at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. I completed my first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Hughuley Memorial Medical Center in Fort Worth and completed a chaplain residency at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. I have also served as a chaplain at Texas Port Ministry in Freeport, Texas. I recently moved from Minot, N.D., to Covington, La. I am excited about my ministry opportunity here in Covington.

About My Ministry

I am an SBC-endorsed Healthcare Staff Chaplain at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, La. I provide ministry to patients of the hospital, their family members and the hospital staff. I cover oncology and palliative care.

Each day can bring joy in one room and tragedy in another, and as a chaplain it is my role to help patients and families through these times with prayer, Scripture and pastoral support.

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.
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