Chaplaincy Ministries

The EPC recognizes chaplaincy as one of the varieties of callings within the office of Minister of the Word:

"A court of the Church, a hospital, the military, institutions, universities, or other appropriate fields of service may call a Teaching Elder as Chaplain if the Presbytery deems it appropriate. In such cases, the Chaplain shall always have as a primary responsibility the sharing of the Good News of God in Jesus Christ." (EPC Book of Government 9-5E).

The military and various civilian institutions require that chaplains be endorsed by their denominations. EPC-ordained ministers and candidates under care may receive Denominational Ecclesiastical Endorsement through the General Assembly's Chaplains Work and Care Committee and Chaplain Endorser. The EPC is a member of the Chaplain's Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals and Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty, providing further support to our chaplains.

Chaplains who wish to transfer endorsement to the EPC from other denominations should follow the process outlined in the Ministerial Vocation Transfer of Ordination page, be received as a member of an EPC presbytery, and complete the endorsement process with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

For more information and to request application forms for EPC chaplaincy, contact the Office of the Stated Clerk at info@epc.org. For further questions you may also contact the Chaplain Endorser, Rev. Mark Ingles, at epcendorser@yahoo.com.

In regards to the endorsement process, see the appropriate section below:

MILITARY CHAPLAINCY 

 

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee handles the application, interview, and endorsement process for individuals seeking endorsement as a military chaplain to serve in Active Duty, Reserve, or Guard chaplaincies. If approved, the EPC Chaplain Endorser forwards the EPC endorsement to the Chief of Chaplains Office of the appropriate branch of the military.

Prior to ordination, and usually at the beginning of the process, it is highly recommended that EPC “Candidates under Care” receive ecclesiastical approval as a Chaplain Candidate with the military service of their choice, and attend Candidates School while they are in seminary. To be eligible, an individual needs to either be starting their Master of Divinity program, or still have at least 1½ years of their seminary education left to complete. Once an individual has come “under care” of their presbytery, they submit their “Application for Chaplaincy” to the Chaplain Work and Care Committee to receive approval for the Chaplain Candidate program.  

Please note that in most cases, the military requires experience serving in church or parachurch ministry (particularly those that could have a “pastor” title applied to it), before receiving an Active Duty commission. So any ministry experience a person can get beyond what they would receive from their work as a Chaplain Candidate is also highly recommended.

The application process for endorsement includes the following steps:

  • Application for Military Chaplaincy Form
  • Personal Information Form (PIF)
  • Five written and three followup phone references (chosen from the five written) provided in your PIF
  • Physicians report on your physical health (no older than six months)
  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)
  • The PREPARE/ENRICH test (for candidate and spouse)
  • Personal interview with a member of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee or its designee
  • In-place or video/phone conference interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

For more information and to request application forms for military chaplaincy, or if you have any questions, email the Office of the Stated Clerk at info@epc.org.  

For specific information regarding chaplaincy with the various military services, please refer to the following links:

Air Force: www.chaplaincorps.af.mil/jointheairforcechaplaincorps
Army: www.army.mil/chaplaincorps#org-resources
Navy: www.navy.com/careers/chaplain-support/chaplain.html#ft-key-responsibilities

CIVILIAN CHAPLAINCY 

 

Civilian chaplains serve in corporate environments, medical care facilities, prisons, local police and fire departments, and other non-military settings. Some hospitals, hospice organizations, and other institutions require chaplains to have ecclesiastical endorsement. Others may simply require denominational approval. The EPC works with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and their certification affiliate, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI), as well as the Veterans Administration (VA). Contact the appropriate agency directly if you are seeking certification requirements beyond EPC endorsement.

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee handles the application, interview, and endorsement process. If approved, the EPC Chaplain Endorser forwards the EPC endorsement to the appropriate certifying body (NOTE: VA endorsements are provided directly to the endorsee). The application process for Civilian Chaplaincy Endorsement includes the following steps:

  • Application for Civilian Chaplaincy Form
  • Personal Information Form (PIF)
  • Five written and three followup phone references (chosen from the five wriiten) provided in your PIF
  • The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2)
  • Personal interview with a member of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee or its designee
  • In-place or video/phone conference interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee

For more information and to request application forms for civilian chaplaincy, or if you have any questions, email the Office of the Stated Clerk at info@epc.org.

RESOURCES AND DOCUMENTS 

 

Chaplains Work & Care Committee Procedure & Policy Handbook

Ministry Policy for EPC Chaplains Dealing with Individuals Who Practice Homosexual Behavior and Claim Homosexual Identity

Specific Guidance for EPC Chaplains Regarding Ministry to Same-Sex Couples (revised June 2016)

CONTACTS 

 

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Jerry Iamurri, Assistant Stated Clerk
(407) 930-4011
jerry.iamurri@epc.org

Zenaida Bermudez, Executive Assistant
(407) 930-4462
zenaida.bermudez@epc.org

CHAPLAINS WORK & CARE COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Ted Tromble, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Bruce Alexander
RE, Presbytery of the East

Karen Bolte
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific

Tim Foster
TE, Presbytery of the Centra South

David Snyder
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Richard Swedberg
RE, Presbytery of the West

Mark Ingles, Chaplain Endorser (ex-officio)
TE, Presbytery of the West

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