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CHAPLAIN 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 as well as 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 also is a member of the Evangelical Chaplains Commission, a part of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty, and the Military Chaplains Association. These organizations provide further support to our chaplains. See the Resources section below for more information.

Chaplains who wish to transfer their ordination credentials and their 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, follow the requirements outlined on this page, and complete the endorsement process with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

For specifics regarding the Endorsement process for military and civilian chaplaincies, guidance on Military Chaplain Candidate programs, or other important information, scroll down to the appropriate section or use these quicklinks:

Military Chaplaincy
Military Chaplaincy Transfer of Endorsement
Civilian Institutional Chaplaincy
Civilian Institutional Chaplaincy Transfer of Endorsement
Resources
Contacts

MILITARY CHAPLAINCY

The Chaplains Work and Care Committee (CWCC) and Chaplain Endorser handle the application, interview, and endorsement process for individuals seeking Ecclesiastical Endorsement as a military chaplain to serve in Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, or Civil Air Patrol chaplaincies. If approved, the Chaplain Endorser forwards the Ecclesiastical Endorsement to the Chief of Chaplains Office of the appropriate branch of the military. The CWCC and Endorser also handle the approval process for Military Chaplain Candidates.

MILITARY CHAPLAIN CANDIDATES

Prior to ordination—and usually at the beginning of the process—it is highly recommended that EPC Candidates Under Care of a presbytery and seeking military chaplaincy receive Ecclesiastical Endorsement to enter a Chaplain Candidate Program with the military branch of their choice. During this program, the Chaplain Candidate will attend Candidate’s School and serve several weeks as a Chaplain Candidate during the summer at a military installation while they are in seminary. Note that these summer Chaplain Candidate tours are paid.

To be eligible, an individual needs to 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, the applicant seeks Ecclesiastical Endorsement/Approval to apply to a Military Chaplain Candidate Program by completing and submitting the following:

Application for Endorsement to apply to a Military Chaplain Candidate Program.
Three written references and one followup phone reference (chosen from the three written).
Physician’s report on your physical health (no older than six months).
One-on-one interview (in person or via video/telephone call) with a member of the Chaplain’s Work and Care Committee or its designee.
Video conference interview with the Chaplains Work and Care Committee.

For more information or to request and/or submit any of these forms, contact Vanessa Mullendore at vanessa.mullendore@epc.org. You also can contact Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, at chaplainendorser@epc.org.

MILITARY CHAPLAIN APPLICANTS

(NOT ELIGIBLE FOR, OR NOT IN THE CHAPLAIN CANDIDATE PROGRAM)

Applicants for Military Chaplaincy (who would not be eligible for a Chaplain Candidate Program) could include—but not be limited to—those nearing ordination, transfers from another denomination, individuals who already are ordained and have a calling to Military Chaplaincy, and those pastoring a church but want to add part-time Military Chaplaincy to their calling.

Please note that in most cases, the military requires experience serving in a church or parachurch ministry (particularly those that could have a “pastor” title applied to their work), before receiving an Active Duty commission. So any ministry experience an individual can receive—beyond what they would receive from their work as a Chaplain Candidate—is highly recommended. Note that this ministry experience requirement is much less stringent for those seeking a Reserve or National Guard position. Applicants should inquire with their military branch of choice as to what is required.

The application process for Military Ecclesiastical Endorsement requires completing and submitting the following:

Application for Military Chaplaincy.
Personal Information Form (PIF).
Five written and two follow-up phone references (chosen from the five written).
Physician’s report on your physical health (no older than one year).
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2 version).
If married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Check-up Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
If engaged to be married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
One-on-one interview in person or via video/telephone call with a member of the CWCC or its designee.
In-person or video conference Endorsement Interview with the CWCC.

For more information or to request and/or submit any of these forms, contact Vanessa Mullendore at vanessa.mullendore@epc.org. You also can contact Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, at chaplainendorser@epc.org.

For specific information and requirements regarding chaplaincy with the various military services, click the appropriate image:

U.S. Navy

Also includes chaplains serving the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps

MILITARY CHAPLAIN TRANSFER OF ENDORSEMENT

If you are currently serving as a chaplain (Active, Reserve, or Guard) and are seeking to transfer your ordination from another denomination to the EPC, Transfer of Endorsement also will be required.

Once you’ve begun the process with an EPC presbytery to transfer your ordination, you need to begin your Transfer of Endorsement process and work them in parallel.

To transfer your endorsement, the following need to be completed and submitted (with some possible exceptions):

Application for Military Chaplain Transfer of Endorsement.
Updated Personal Information Form (PIF).
Written and follow-up phone references (chosen from those written). Number of references required will be determined by the Chaplain Endorser.
Physician’s report on your physical health (no older than one year).
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2 version).
If married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Check-up Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
If engaged to be married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
One-on-one interview in person or via video/telephone call with a member of the CWCC or its designee.
In-person or video conference Endorsement Interview with the CWCC.

For more information or to request and/or submit any of these forms, contact Vanessa Mullendore at vanessa.mullendore@epc.org. You also can contact Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, at chaplainendorser@epc.org.

CIVILIAN INSTITUTIONAL CHAPLAINCY

Civilian Institution chaplains serve in corporate environments, medical care facilities, hospice organizations, correctional institutions, law enforcement, fire departments, and other non-military settings. Many hospitals, hospice, and other institutions require (or at the least, expect) chaplains to have Ecclesiastical Endorsement, while some do not.

Depending on the “Calling” Institution’s requirements, the Chaplains Work and Care Committee (CWCC) and Chaplain Endorser provide EPC Ecclesiastical Endorsement or EPC Ecclesiastical Approval for those seeking a Call to Chaplaincy. The process for receiving Ecclesiastical Approval for Chaplaincy with institutions that do not require Endorsement differs somewhat from the process for regular Ecclesiastical Endorsement. It is highly recommended that chaplains serving in organizations not requiring Ecclesiastical Endorsement still seek Ecclesiastical Approval and come under care of the Chaplains Work and Care Committee. This would provide the chaplain valuable legal protection, encouraging support, and important camaraderie with fellow EPC Chaplains. For more information regarding Ecclesiastical Approval, contact Mark Ingles at chaplainendorser@epc.org.

For regular EPC Ecclesiastical Endorsement, the CWCC and Chaplain Endorser handle the application, interview, and endorsement process for applicants. If granted, the EPC Chaplain Endorser forwards the Endorsement to the appropriate certifying body (Note: VA Endorsements are provided directly to the endorsee).

To be eligible for seeking regular Civilian Chaplaincy EPC Ecclesiastical Endorsement, the applicant needs to either be ordained by the EPC, or in the process of being ordained and “Under Care” of their Presbytery. If so, the applicant needs to complete and submit the following:

Application for Civilian Chaplaincy Form.
Updated Personal Information Form (PIF).
Five written and two follow-up phone references (chosen from the five written).
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2 version).
If married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Check-up Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
If engaged to be married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
One-on-one interview in person or via video/telephone call with a member of the CWCC or its designee.
In-person or video conference Endorsement Interview with the CWCC.

For more information or to request and/or submit any of these forms, contact Vanessa Mullendore at vanessa.mullendore@epc.org. You also can contact Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, at chaplainendorser@epc.org.

In addition, the EPC works with the following agencies for Civilian Chaplaincy, including those providing avenues for Board Certification. Click on the appropriate image for certification requirements and other information.

CIVILIAN CHAPLAIN TRANSFER OF ENDORSEMENT

If you are currently serving as a chaplain for a civilian institution and are seeking to transfer your ordination from another denomination to the EPC, Transfer of Endorsement also will be required.

Once you’ve begun the process with an EPC presbytery to transfer your ordination, you need to begin your Transfer of Endorsement process and work them in parallel.

To transfer your endorsement, the following need to be completed and submitted (with some possible exceptions):

Application for Civilian Chaplain Transfer of Endorsement.
Updated Personal Information Form (PIF).
Written and follow-up phone references (chosen from those written). Number of references required will be determined by the Chaplain Endorser.
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2 version).
If married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Check-up Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
If engaged to be married, take the PREPARE/ENRICH Marriage Inventory (your facilitator should provide to the CWCC a brief overall assessment of your relationship).
One-on-one interview in person or via video/telephone call with a member of the CWCC or its designee.
In-person or video conference Endorsement Interview with the CWCC.

For more information or to request and/or submit any of these forms, contact Vanessa Mullendore at vanessa.mullendore@epc.org. You also can contact Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser, at chaplainendorser@epc.org.

RESOURCES

CONTACTS

OFFICE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Vanessa Mullendore, Office Assistant/Endorser Support
407-930-4389
vanessa.mullendore@epc.org

Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser
719-433-2747
chaplainendorser@epc.org

Jerry Iamurri, Assistant Stated Clerk
407-930-4011
jerry.iamurri@epc.org

CHAPLAINS WORK AND CARE COMMITTEE

Ted Tromble, Chairman
TE, Presbytery of the Rivers and Lakes

Bruce Alexander
RE, Presbytery of the East

Karen Bolte
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Southwest

Tim Foster
TE, Presbytery of the Central South

Glen Holman
RE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Jennifer Prechter
TE, Presbytery of Florida and the Caribbean

David Snyder
TE, Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

Richard Swedberg
RE, Presbytery of the West

Brad Yorton
TE, Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest

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