Roger Matthew Dobson

Cora Baptist Church , Florida
Public Safety/Community Chaplaincy
Santa Rosa County  Florida
Cora Baptist Church
September 7
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About My Family

I live in Jay, Fla., and I’m married to Teresa, who is a high-school art teacher and cross-country coach. We have four children: Anna Marie (27), Hillary (27), David (25) and Abby (19). I work full time as the administrator/health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County.

I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology, from the University of West Florida with a Master of Science degree in health and physical education, and from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in chaplaincy.

I am involved in numerous community service events and organizations where I have multiple opportunities to witness to others.

About My Ministry

After completing my service as a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain with the 365th CSSB in Jackson, Miss., I’m now an SBC-endorsed community services chaplain with Support Alliance for Emergency Readiness (SAFER) Santa Rosa. SAFER is the successor of the Santa Rosa Long Term Recovery Organization, which developed after hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. During periods when there are no disasters, SAFER attempts to meet the needs of the less fortunate in the community.

I have been a bivocational pastor at the same church for almost 14 years. I’m the first American to win the Walt Disney World Marathon (2004). Due to my running success, I have been able to witness about Christ and perform sports evangelism through running. I have written several books about positive living that have been published and are available online from Amazon and others.

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 their institution 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. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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