Kenton Johnson

Trinity Church, Oregon
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
Happy Valley Oregon
Trinity Church
March 5

About My Family

We live in Gresham, Ore., near Portland but even nearer to Clackamas County where most of our ministry takes place. We moved our family to the Portland area in 2002 from Dallas/Ft. Worth to help start new churches in the Northwest to be closer to family members in this area, and because we were already in love with the area where our family had vacationed so many times before. We brought three children with us, all of whom are grown now. We have three grandchildren. My work career has been in the Information Technology (IT) field for most of my life. It helps pays the bills so I can do ministry.

About My Ministry

I am blessed to serve one of the largest fire districts in Oregon, a 911 center, a search and rescue team and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. God has opened doors to serve not only first responders but also others in wildfires, active shooter incidents, mudslides and more. My picture here is in Oso, Wash., where 43 lives were taken. God also leads me in helping agencies plan for disasters, both man-made and natural. I seek to reflect my Savior well as I seek to improve my communities and share His love.

Church planting and chaplaincy work well together. I enjoy God's work in this highly unchurched region. I’ve assisted in planting four new churches and serve on the church plant committee of the executive board for the Northwest Baptist Convention and formerly served as a moderator for the Interstate Baptist Association.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry, an extension of the local church. SBC Chaplains minister to thousands in public safety, in disaster relief and more. We care for the broken, offer hope & advance the Gospel in hard to reach places. Qualifications for endorsement, established by the using agency and the Chaplains Commission, SBC, meet a high level of ministerial competence. A basic qualification is being a Southern Baptist and a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, background checks and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC.
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For people here to come to faith in Jesus Christ. For protection in a very dark spiritual region where opposition is very obvious at times. For a revival in the Northwest so we are culturally relevant, spiritually healthy and bold in proclaiming the gospel. For God to raise up native, mature church leaders. That God continues opening doors for ministry and helps us to be ready to respond appropriately. That God provides more disaster relief responders to meet the challenges. For emergency management leaders to grasp the great impact disaster relief and public safety chaplains can have in preparing for and responding to disasters.


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NAMB does not provide compensation for SBC endorsed chaplains. However, a general fund is available to receive donations in support of the ministry and pastoral care to SBC endorsed chaplains. To donate, please visit Support Chaplaincy (
Fund ID: 6IGPBE-Johnson,Kento