Michael Crowell

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Missouri
Corporate Chaplaincy
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church
February 27
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About My Family

I am married to Roberta, who is a psychiatric social worker. We live in Kansas City, Mo. We have three adult daughters, Jen, Michelle and Rachel. Jen is a school teacher in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Michelle is interning as a teacher in Nantes, France. Rachel is a freelance science writer, living near Des Moines, Iowa.

About My Ministry

I retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2014 from my position as supervisory chaplain at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Since then, I have had the privilege of serving as a volunteer in various correctional facilities, leading Bible studies with an emphasis on discipleship and evangelism.

I serve as a chaplain ambassador with the North American Mission Board and a chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains. I also help teach in my church community group and am in the process of serving as a part-time contract chaplain with the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Kansas City.

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 their institution 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.


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