Lynn Garrison

Blue Valley Church, Kansas
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy, Healthcare Chaplaincy
Blue Valley Church
November 11
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About My Family

I am a Jesus follower and the husband and best friend of Valarie A. Garrison, my wife of 45 years. Val and I grew up in the Lake of the Ozarks area of Missouri and went to high school in the small town of Versailles, Mo., where we still have extended family. 

Val got her degree at State Fair Community College, and I went to Missouri University in Columbia and received engineering degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering. I spent most of my vocational career in the railroad industry, mostly in applied research and development and corporate management. 

We currently live in Overland Park, Kan., and volunteer in various community organizations, especially in musical roles. We are members of a wonderful church that preaches the Word—Blue Valley Church of Overland Park.

About My Ministry

I serve as an SBC volunteer chaplain in hospital and disaster relief ministries. I minister at Overland Park Regional Medical Center (OPRMC), which is a 350 bed, Level II trauma center. OPRMC does not have paid chaplains on staff, and my ministry is as PRN on-call. Much of the time it involves a crisis of some sort, but occasionally I will make normal rounds. Disaster relief ministry is coordinated through the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB) and the Kansas City Kansas Baptist Association (KCKBA).

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 for boldness to share the gospel and open hearts among the people to whom I minister. Pray for people to come to saving faith in Jesus. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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