Larry Epps

Rock Springs Baptist Church, South Carolina
Institutional Chaplaincy
Easley South Carolina
Rock Springs Baptist Church
December 20

About My Family

Larry E. Epps was born in Anderson, S.C., in 1969. He is married to Debra Chapman Epps, his wife of 18 years. They currently live in Easley, S.C., and are members of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Larry graduated with an associate's degree in nursing from Greenville Technical College in Greenville, S.C., in 1999 and worked as a registered nurse from 1999 until 2011. Larry graduated from Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C., with a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in December 2009. He then graduated from Columbia International University with a Master of Divinity in December of 2012.

Larry loves to meet a new friend, read a great book and travel and explore new places.

About My Ministry

Larry began serving in prison ministry in 1992. He is currently serving as the senior chaplain at Perry Correctional Institution in upstate South Carolina. It’s an honor to serve these men and to demonstrate the light and love of Christ to them.

Larry co-founded BASICS Ministries in March 2003. BASICS Ministries is a Christian outreach and human services organization in upstate South Carolina. Larry leads an outreach team to the prison system of South Carolina that consists of adult and juvenile prisoners (both male and female).

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.


Pray that Larry will be faithful to the call to serve and to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray that he will maintain a healthy balance between serving others and being a good husband and friend for his wife. Pray for people to come to saving faith in Jesus.


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