Richard Anderson

Spring Valley Baptist Church,
Military Chaplaincy
Spring Valley Baptist Church
October 2
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About My Family

I am married to Faith. We have two sons, Jack and Jon, and a daughter, Caroline Grace, who preceded us to heaven June 5, 1999.

I have a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Secondary Education from Welch College, a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages and Pastoral and Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and a Doctor of Ministry in Military Chaplaincy from Temple Baptist Seminary.

I also have a Master of Arts in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University, a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University, and am working on a Ph.D. in leadership from the University of the Cumberlands.

About My Ministry

I am Command Chaplain of Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) at Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC is the Air Force (AF) component of U.S. Special Operations Command and provides AF special operations forces for global deployment and assignment to unified combatant commanders. As a member of the command’s special staff, I serve as senior advisor to the AFSOC Commander for all religious matters. Moreover, I am responsible for implementing Chaplain Corps guidance and providing functional oversight of all Chaplain Corps personnel within AFSOC.

I also serve as the senior pastor for approximately 20,000 active-duty, Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian professionals. As members of the Air Force Chaplain Corps Council, my colleagues and I advise the Chief of Chaplains on policies and programs affecting the Air Force.

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.


My life verse is 2 Timothy 2:3-4, KJV: “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” Pray for my family as we seek to fulfill the Lord’s plan and purpose for our lives. 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 more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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