CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministries

We welcome Gerry Hutchinson as CBF's new Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministries Manager.  Gerry began his work with CBF on March 1, 2014.  For more information read CBF's press release.


The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship offers endorsement to over 600 Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors in a variety of diverse settings. These areas include military, hospital, pastoral care facilities, hospice, public safety, Department of Veterans Affiars, continuing care communities, corrections, university campuses, and more. The CBF also provides endorsements for membership in various professional organizations, including the Association of Professional Chaplains, American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

As Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors minister to patients, clients, soldiers, residents, sailors, students, prisoners, etc., they are fulfilling their God given mission. Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors are the expression of the ministry of the CBF and congregations. They serve as the presence of Christ throughout the world and in the most traumatic times in people's lives. 

Seeking Endorsement?

CBF's Council on Endorsement considers applications three times per year. The Council on Endorsement is composed of a diverse group of CBF-endorsees and has been in operation since January 1998. Learn more by viewing our brochure.

The next Council on Endorsement meeting will be held March 14-15, 2014. Applications are no longer being accepted for this meeting. Update endorsements, requests for board certification letters and renewal letters, and information updates are accepted at anytime. A date for the next Council meeting in summer 2014 will be set in mid-March as well as the corresponding application deadline. 

For an additional information concerning endorsement, please email us at chaplaincy@thefellowship.info and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.


Sign up to receive the monthly CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling e-Newsletter. The e-newsletter is a platform for community among CBF-Endorsees and a means to stay connected with CBF life. Hear the latest from CBF leadership, nuture your call to ministry, pray for one another, learn about resources and events, be the first to know about job opportunities, and share your experiences. Subscribe today to receive future editions of the CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling e-Newsletter.

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We desire to be a supportive presence for you in your journey of ministry.  Let us know how you are doing!  Also, if you have a change in employment or contact information, please contact us at chaplaincy@thefellowship.info


Share your story with the CBF-endorsee community! Tell us where you see God at work and we'll feature it in the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling e-Newsletter! Please limit your contributions to 300-350 words in length and submit a photo if possible. Email your contribution to chaplaincy@thefellowship.info by the10th of each month!


About the ministries of CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors:

Pastoral counselors:
- A client story - Chris O'Rear
Pastoral counselor uses dreams to help diagnose depression’s root causes

Hospital/hospice chaplains:
'A holy moment'
'Stand in the rain with them'
Chaplains extend presence of Christ in hospital setting
Chaplain ministers to patients, families at Texas hospital
Hospital chaplain shares God's love with patients, staff

Prison chaplains:
Chaplain ministers to guards at federal prison
CBF-endorsed chaplain sees God’s grace at work in prison ministry

Military chaplains:
Army base creates unique ministry setting for chaplain
Former Marine follows call to ministry in the military

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Decatur, GA 30030



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