Bob Brame

Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Kentucky
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
Independence Kentucky
Hickory Grove Baptist Church
November 23

About My Family

While working my way through college, God brought my wife and lifelong partner into my life. Rhonda and I have two children, Scott and Nicole, and four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Chloe, Wesley and Noah. Just out of college I worked as a golf course superintendent and served a couple of churches bivocationally. I was employed for 23 years as an agronomist with the United States Golf Association where Rhonda became my office coordinator. We've served in multiple churches over the years as job related moves have taken us to several locations, starting with Guadalajara, Mexico. Church involvement and employment opportunities have been amazing, but nothing compares to watching our kids and grandkids grow and mature.

About My Ministry

Beyond serving in churches along the way that were tied to job opportunities, my wife and I became involved with disaster relief in late 2012. Our first deployment was with Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief on Staten Island following the superstorm, Sandy. We were both overwhelmed and amazed at the needs and ministry opportunities that come along with a disaster. Following much prayer and retirement from the golf industry, I pursued chaplaincy training. I have been deployed multiple times with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, along with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association's Rapid Response Team of chaplains. God both ignited and continues my passion for helping others from offering physical comfort to healing and hope through the Lord Jesus Christ. While no one wants to see disasters occur they are reality in a lost and dying world.

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


For me to always be ready to deploy as needs dictate. For me to always share the hope we have in Jesus. For boldness to share the gospel as I interact with people. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where I serve. For people to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. For the Lord of the Harvest to send more workers into the field to join me.


Chaplains serve as an extension of the local church in places that other members and church staff sometimes cannot go. Explore the opportunities to extend the reach of your church by becoming a chaplain in one of the many settings where chaplains bring gospel ministry with compassion and convictional kindness. Be involved in supporting chaplains and their families. Pray for chaplains and their families.
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