Michael Koontz

Temple Baptist Church,
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy
Temple Baptist Church
June 1
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About My Family

I was born and raised in southern Indiana. Though Indiana is where I lived for more than 35 years, I always felt at home in Tennessee when we would visit family and vacation in Knoxville growing up. In fall of 1993, I met a sweet Southern lady named Janet at a Baptist Student Union event. Six months later, we started dating and were married in 1996.

We have one son, T.J., who is a junior in high school, a member of the marching band and a member of the Roane County Youth Leadership Program. T.J. hopes to go to college, serve in the United States Air Force and work for NASA.

As a family, we love to watch superhero and science fiction movies together and vacation in Florida.

About My Ministry

I am a pastor, law enforcement chaplain and Chaplain Ambassador for SBC chaplains. I started serving in ministry in August of 1994 as a youth director in Indiana. I’ve been fortunate to serve as a youth pastor, associate pastor, director of global outreach and senior pastor in various churches. God allowed me to serve many years with World Changers as a project coordinator and to participate in national and international missions. Today we also serve our local community through various missions outreaches.

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 the safety and health of my family. My wife has a heart condition that has steadily gotten worse over the past four years. Pray for our son serving in the Air Force. 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 our law enforcement men and women. Pray for our SBC chaplains as they serve in various roles and in difficult situations. Pray that others would follow God’s calling to law enforcement chaplaincy.


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