Kenton Johnson

Trinity Church, Oregon
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
Happy Valley Oregon
Trinity Church
March 5
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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 serve as chaplain to one of the largest fire districts in Oregon, a search and rescue team and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. I also served as a 911 dispatch chaplain for seven years. God has opened doors to serve first responders and others in wildfires, active shooter incidents, mudslides and more.

The picture here is in Oso, Wash., where 43 lives were taken. God also leads me in helping agencies plan for disasters, man made and natural. I seek to reflect my Savior well as I work to improve my communities and share His love.

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.


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.


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