Robert Bickford

Antioch, Kentucky
Healthcare Chaplaincy
La Center Kentucky
February 23

About My Family

My wife's name is Omega. We have two sons (Dale and Wes), one daughter (Heather) and six grandchildren. They all live within the area.

About My Ministry

I have been a volunteer hospital chaplain for Baptist Health in Paducah, Ky., since 2013. I have been the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church LaCenter since 1987. I also serve as the emergency coordinator (EC * amateur radio) in Ballard County, Ky., and preach in the Ballard County jail once a month.

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 as I preach in the Ballard County jail. Pray for my two sons who are not as committed to Jesus Christ as they need to be. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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