Marc Unger

First Baptist Church of Madera, California
Military Chaplaincy
Madera California
First Baptist Church of Madera
April 30

About My Family

I was saved in late October of 1982. I married Lynda in September 1983. We have five children and, to date, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

We are Gold Star parents as our son, Specialist Daniel Paul Unger, gave his life in saving two Iraqi civilians on May 25 , 2004. I am also a ninth-degree Black Belt in Sam Price's Go Ju Ryu Karate.

About My Ministry

I have been in pastoral ministry since 1983. I am currently the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Madera, Calif. I joined the California State Guard December 4, 2004, as chaplain for the 1-185th Infantry.

My call was confirmed following the preaching of our son's memorial. I have loved it ever since. I am currently serving as Battalion Chaplain within the California State Guard.

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 our church would truly embrace the Great Commission and live it out daily. Pray that God would continue to use me, not only in my pastoral ministry at church but among my fellow soldiers to lead them to Christ and encourage them in their faith. Pray for the full healing of my sacroiliitis, which is a result of a four-level spinal fusion done June 4, 2017. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains. Pray for the healing of my heart; I received two stents on June 14, 2019. Pray for boldness to share the gospel as I interact with people.


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Fund ID: H6H0XA-Unger,Marc