Joel Nelson

Long Hollow Baptist Church, Tennessee
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy, Military Chaplaincy
Hendersonville Tennessee
Long Hollow Baptist Church
July 11
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About My Family

My wife, Candi, and I were married in 2012 and currently reside in Gallatin, Tenn. Our daughter, Anna, was born in 2015. Candi and I are active in our local church body, which is Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. We enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, being at home and activities that allow us to spend quality time as a family unit.

About My Ministry

For the past 10 years I worked full time as a firefighter/advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) with the Hendersonville Fire Department in Hendersonville, Tenn. I also served as one of the volunteer chaplains. Recently, I transitioned to a new job and have started serving as the children's pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville. l also serve as a chaplain candidate with the Tennessee Army National Guard. Additionally, I am working toward earning an M.Div. (Military Chaplaincy) at Liberty University.

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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