Stephen Smith

First Baptist Church of Chalmette,
Military Chaplaincy, Military Chaplaincy, Healthcare Chaplaincy
First Baptist Church of Chalmette
November 17
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About My Family

I came to know and trust Jesus as my Lord and personal Savior when I was about 10 years old. I was born in the Bahamas and moved to Florida when I was about 14 1/2 years old. I grew up Baptist and became more affiliated with my Southern Baptist heritage when I was baptized in a local Southern Baptist church.

I graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla. I am a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS).

I was commissioned into the U.S. Army Reserve in 1994 and served in active duty from 1998–2011. I am currently serving as a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain and hospital chaplain. I have served 10 years in active duty, making two tours in Iraq (2003 and 2008).

About My Ministry

I am the Command Chaplain/Staff Officer for the 98th Training Division (IET). 

Mission: Provide comprehensive religious support (RS) to the Army (unit) across the full spectrum of operation. 
Advise the Commander in ensuring the right of free exercise of religion—including those who hold no faith (Title 10 USC 3073). 
Provide spiritual, moral and ethical leadership for the Army (unit) and its culture.  

Vision: Be courageous in spirit and compassionate in service

The unit ministry team (UMT) performs and/or provides religious support (RS) based on three major principles: Nuture the living, care for the wounded and honor the dead.

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.


For boldness to share the gospel as I interact with people. For receptive hearts among the people in my community. 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 missionaries and chaplains.


Commit to long-term prayer support. 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.
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