Matthew Ellis

Grace Baptist Church, Washington
Military Chaplaincy
Vancouver Washington
Grace Baptist Church
May 29

About My Family

I was born in California and raised in the Pacific Northwest. I followed God's calling to attend Gateway Seminary in California to pursue my M.Div. Upon completion of this degree, I became a Bible teacher for secondary students at a Christian school in the San Francisco area.

While here, I met my wife, Jamie. We were married in 2014 and currently have two children. Here are some of my interests, hobbies, and talents:

–Building healthy, joyful and meaningful relationships through relaxed or deep conversations, games, outdoor adventures, etc.

–Nurturing and growing my family and church in evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, etc.

–Making disciples by reaching, teaching, exhortation, pastoral care and more.

–Hosting and hospitality: Come and enjoy some tea, play some games and share life with us!

About My Ministry

In 2009, I was appointed as a Chaplain for the U.S. Air Force Reserve. In 2018, I was assigned as a Chaplain to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where I served 2.5 years on full-time orders and then transferred back to the normal Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) Reserve status, returning to my hometown as a senior pastor.

Through my chaplain ministry, I seek to encourage the church and strengthen all Airmen toward the grace and love of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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 more individuals will become missionaries and chaplains.


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