Michael Leskowat

First Baptist Church of Copan, Okla.,
Military Chaplaincy
First Baptist Church of Copan, Okla.
August 26

About My Family

When I'm not traveling for Army Chaplaincy, my family and I enjoy life and ministry in the cozy town of Copan, Okla. I serve as the full-time pastor at the First Baptist Church, so life is never slow! Laura, my wife, is a skilled counselor and wonderful encouragement as we work together to raise our 1-year-old son, Josiah.

About My Ministry

I serve as the Battalion Chaplain for the 329th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion based in Parsons, Kan. My role in chaplaincy is to provide religious support and to advise my commander. Throughout my chaplaincy role I have opportunities to nurture the living, care for the wounded and honor the fallen. The day-to-day practical aspects of my ministry involve things like worship services, public prayers, Bible studies, counseling sessions, funerals and memorial ceremonies.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the 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. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit www.namb.net/chaplaincy.


For protection for military service members as they serve and protect the nation in which God has placed them. For receptive hearts among the soldiers and their families. For churches and individuals to partner through prayer and to reach out to the soldiers in their individual communities. For integrity, diligence and compassion as I minister.


Chaplains serve as an extension of the local church in places that other church members and staff sometimes cannot go. Explore the opportunities to extend the reach of your church by becoming a chaplain. Support and pray for chaplains and their families.
NAMB does not provide compensation for SBC endorsed chaplains. However, a general fund is available to receive donations in support of the ministry and pastoral care to SBC endorsed chaplains. To donate, please visit Support Chaplaincy (missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/chaplaincy).
Fund ID: 7LHZS7-Leskowat,Mich