Thomas Edwards

First Baptist Church Canton,
Professional Organizations Chaplaincy
First Baptist Church Canton
July 29

About My Family

I was born and raised in Kentucky. My wife, Bobbi, and I met in high school. We were married in 1982 and are blessed with two children and four grandchildren.

I was called into ministry in 1981 and have served as a church planter/pastor and a U.S. Army chaplain. I am a graduate of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

About My Ministry

I am an SBC ordained minister, and I serve as a volunteer law enforcement chaplain. Presently, I volunteer with the United States Secret Service. The law enforcement community is a group of committed individuals and families who face many stressors and dangerous circumstances. I am blessed to have the opportunity to interact and be available.

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. Pray for more to become missionaries and chaplains.


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Fund ID: A8ELQA-Edwards,Randy