John Slater

Gateway Baptist Church, Florida
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy
Ocala Florida
Gateway Baptist Church
August 16

About My Family

I am married to Shelah, who is from Ocala, Fla. I am father to three boys and grandfather to eight grandkids. Our family is ever-changing and growing.

My hobbies include music, motorcycle riding, fishing and church office revitalizing.

About My Ministry

I am a community service chaplain with FAITH Riders in Ocala, Fla., who is endorsed by the Southern Baptist Convention. Also, I focus on pastoral services outside the church.

The goal of my ministry is to become a Christian counselor focusing on addiction, marriage and homeless people. My home church is Gateway Baptist in Lake City, Fla.

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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