Eagle Commission - Military Chaplain Ministries
Eagle Commission - Military Chaplain MinistriesMilitary chaplain ministry

Become a Chaplain

Each Grace Brethren chaplain who receives a commission does so on the basis of an endorsement from the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, as required by the armed forces. When an individual meets the requirements of the endorsing agent and the qualifications set forth by the branch of service to which he has applied, he may be commissioned as an officer and chaplain in that branch.

A candidate for the Army chaplaincy and scholarship assistance must be able to go on active duty prior to his/her 40th birthday. Chaplain candidates for the Army need to be commissioned prior to their 34th birthday. Interested parties should contact the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Endorsing Agent, Mark Penfold, at markpenfold@fgbc.org.


Qualifications required by the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches:

Application Process

Process of application for endorsement

The Jerry Young Chaplaincy Candidate Scholarship Program

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

The Jerry Young Chaplaincy Candidate Scholarship Program, in memory and honor of Dr. Jerry Young (Chaplain, Colonel, USAR), 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, endorsed by the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.  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 Col (Retired, US Army) Chaplain Mark Penfold, FGBC Endorsing Agent, at markpenfold@fgbc.org.