Steven Schwarz

Summit Point Church, San Diego,
Military Chaplaincy
Summit Point Church, San Diego
June 23
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About My Family

Katie and I have been married since 2001. We have a 7-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy. God has deeply blessed our marriage and graced us with joy in our children.

Katie is a graduate from Dallas Baptist University and is now a professional brand strategist while juggling being a full-time mom. She enjoys sharing the gospel daily with our children and guiding them to develop as healthy children and inspiring them to learn about the world around them from a Bible-centered worldview.

We live in a small, quiet neighborhood in Rancho Bernardo, Calif.

About My Ministry

I love the calling God has placed on our lives! Finding peace and purpose by serving the men and women volunteers of the sea services has been the richest ministry in which I have ever taken part. I have been command chaplain on LPD-23, NASC, deployed with the Marines of VMM-163(REIN) and now serve the Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 1 in San Diego.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary prepared me to minister in an environment of beliefs, religions and cultures that do not match up with the Bible. I see chaplaincy as a missionary ministry; we identify the people group, learn their language, wear what they wear, go where they go and assimilate into their culture without compromising the cross of Christ.

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 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.


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