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Become a Military Chaplain

Ephesians 4 tells us that the Lord gave “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” We believe he also gave military chaplains – pillars of light in a specialized setting outside the local church context.

Equipping You for Service Within the Service

If you are looking for a way to serve God and minister to the soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines of our country, consider becoming a military chaplain through Grace Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity—Chaplaincy Studies degree. The degree will provide a solid biblical and theological foundation as well as a balanced training of pastoral counseling skills and intercultural studies, and is designed to prepare students to answer the Lord’s call to a life of service within the service.

The Young/Schumacher Chaplaincy Candidate Scholarship Program

Sponsored by Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. and The Eagle Commission.

The Young/Schumacher Chaplaincy Candidate Scholarship Program, in memory and honor of Grace Alumni Dr. Jerry Young (Chaplain, Colonel, USAR) and Dr. John Schumacher (Chaplain, Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.), is designed to offer financial assistance to qualified students who are attending graduate schools of theology and are preparing for an active-duty or reserve career ministry as a chaplain in the US Armed Forces. Recipients of this scholarship must be members of or currently attending a local church in the Charis Fellowship.  They must also be accessioned as Chaplain Candidates in one of the military branches. The applicant affirms that his plans are to pursue a ministry in the chaplaincy and further agrees to repay any funds awarded should those plans change. For every year of active-duty service, 25% of the cumulative funds awarded will be forgiven.

For information and an application form:

Please contact Dr. Mark Penfold (Chaplain, Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.) and now Charis Fellowship Endorsing Agent, Chaplaincy Ministries, at or via the Eagle Commission “Contact Us” link at

Military Branch Military Chaplain Requirements

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