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How to Become a Chaplain

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Three paths to become a Chaplain in the U.S. Military:

There are three paths that must be simultaneously navigated to become a Chaplain in the U.S. military. Each path requires separate coordination, paperwork and relationships with key personnel. This document strives to outline the process and provide contact information. AGTS warmly embraces Chaplain Candidates from other denominations. The process will be similar for our brothers and sisters in other denominations; denominational specific contact information can be easily substituted throughout this document

  1. Education: The military requires at least 72 credit hours that result in a masters degree from an accredited institution. God has established and proven AGTS on the highest level of any accredited institution, equivalent to Harvard or Yale.

    Master of Divinity – The Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree is 78 credit hours. Check with the registrar’s office to see if you qualify for any transfer credits. Transfer credit has even been awarded for military courses, such as an officer basic course.

    72 Credit Hour Track – Different denominations have different requirements for Chaplaincy. The military requires at least 72 credit hours from an accredited theological institution that results in a master’s degree. The AG Chaplaincy Department highly recommends an MDIV or an MDIV equivalency. Website:

  2. Ministry Credentials: In order to become an AG Chaplain Candidate, applicants must have at least initiated the ministerial credentialing process with an AG District Council. To become an AG Chaplain, applicants must be an AG ordained minister. For the AG, ordination takes at least two years from becoming a licensed minister. Information on the requirements can be found at the AG Headquarters Website:   

    District Councils Issue Credentials–AG ministerial credentials are issued by the different District Councils. The requirements may vary from district to district. Contact the District Council office in your area for credentialing information. You can find AG District Council contact information under the AG Church Directory at the AG Headquarters Website: .   

    Southern Missouri District Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc.–Some Chaplain Candidates, who do not already have a relationship with another district, have developed a relationship with the S. MO District. If you desire to initiate your credentialing process with the S. MO District, you can contact them at (417) 881-1316 or Southern Missouri District Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc., 528 West Battlefield Road, Springfield, MO 65807-4100.

  3. Chaplain Candidacy: While attending AGTS, students are given the opportunity to become a Chaplain Candidate.

    Assemblies of God Head Quarters Ecclesiastical Approval – Ecclesiastical approval may be given to candidates in a graduate school of theology or seminary who apply during their first two years of full-time enrollment and who qualify for chaplain seminarian programs. 

    To Become an AG Chaplain Candidate - Applicants can contact Barbara Jaffe via phone: (417) 862-2781, extension 3281 or or address: The General Council of the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions, Chaplaincy Ministries, Attention: Barbara Jaffe, 1445 N. Boonville Avenue, Springfield, Missouri 65802-1894. The applicant must have ministry credentials or be in the process of gaining ministry credentials with the AG and be working toward ordination. You may check the FAQ at for the most current information.

  4. Chaplain Recruiter – To learn about the requirements to become officially commissioned as a military officer contact a Chaplain Recruiter:

    Branch Name Address Phone/Fax
    Air Force

    CH (LTC) David Pendleton
    (Chaplain Recruiter)




    2505 N. Hwy. 360, Ste 250
    Grand Prairie, Texas 75050


    817-633-3802 Ext. 13


    SFC Steven Burns cell: 1-877-574-7039


    Chaplain Kevin McGhee
    (State Chaplain)

    2302 Militia Drive
    Jefferson City, MO 65101-1202

    ext. 9618

    Fax: 573-683-9548 or 660-441-2853

     SFC James Vandergriff

    ext 7270

    MAJ Eddie Brown


    ext 7501


    Chief Timothy Veith


Ecclesiastical Endorsement – To become an AG Chaplain, ecclesiastical endorsement must be granted by the Commission on Chaplains. They interview applicants who are ordained and meet all the requirements. To be endorsed by the AG for active duty, applicants are expected to have at least two years of pastoral experience. Upon completion of the educational requirements, ordination, and commissioning as an officer in your branch of service, an application for ecclesiastical endorsement from the Military/Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy Ministries Department must be completed. This process can again be accomplished through Barbara Jaffe: (417) 862-2781, extension 3281. You may also refer to the Chaplain Application Forms at

We, at AGTS, sincerely join you in praying and believing God for His guidance and direction in following His calling to become a military Chaplain.   If there is any way I may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me at (417) 268-1041 or .  


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