John Williams

Easley First Baptist,
Military Chaplaincy
Easley First Baptist
August 3

About My Family

I grew up with my sister in a single mother household in between Dacusville and Easley, S.C. I am currently a chaplain candidate in the South Carolina National Guard. However, I enlisted in 2011 as a heavy equipment operator in the Army Reserve. I received a bachelor of arts degree in history at North Greenville University, and I am enrolled at Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, S.C., for a master of divinity degree. I met my now wife, Aubrey, in middle school, where I would sit behind her in English class and hide pencils in her hair. She is a high school history teacher. For dates we do nerdy things, such as going to historical battle fields and museums. 

About My Ministry

As a chaplain candidate, I shadow a chaplain in the National Guard. I have been extremely blessed with a great chaplain to shadow, a good unit in which to work and a supportive chain of command. I try to soak up as much knowledge as possible for my ministry. My prior enlisted experience comes in handy when speaking with soldiers. The biggest thing I have learned from my time as a candidate is that one second it can be peaceful but you can be hit with a soldier in a serious situation at any time. It is important to make yourself as available as possible to soldiers.

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


For boldness to share the gospel as I interact with people. For receptive hearts among the people in my community. For people to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. For the Lord of the Harvest to send more workers into the field to join missionaries and chaplains.


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