North American Ministries is the endorsing agent for Free Will Baptist military chaplains. This is an opportunity few men get to be a part of. Chaplains serve as pastors in the military ministering to those from all over the world through Bible classes, services, during illness, to families and fellow officers if death occurs, and during the time of wars and conflicts. Please cover our Free Will Baptist chaplains in prayer. If you are interested in becoming a chaplain, view the requirements here.
Chaplain (MAJ) William (Brad) Hanna serves as the State Chaplain for the Oklahoma National Guard. His job is to oversee all 14 Army Chaplains and six National Guard Chaplains and their Assistants. Chaplain Hanna serves as the Adjutant General of Oklahoma’s Command Chaplain. Known as AGR (Active Guard and Reserve), these are the active duty personnel supporting the Guard and Reserve. His area of ministry is to the Oklahoma National Guard senior staff and full-time personnel across the state. Brad holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Hillsdale FWB College, Master’s Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has pastored in Oklahoma and Texas. Brad and wife Sherri are proud parents to two sons, Landon Davis and Avery Phillip. Home Missions is proud to have the Hanna Family as a part of our total ministry.
Chaplain Swisher entered the Navy in 1974 and remained on active duty until 1981 when he began attending Welch College, graduating in 1984. He married Jan Parks while on active duty. Swisher served Northside Free Will Baptist Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky, as interim and then full time pastor for the following twenty-one years. Swisher also taught school and served as associate pastor of the Portland FWB Church in Portland, Tennessee. He remained in the Naval Reserve until retirement into the Naval Retired Reserves in 1995.
Brother Roy entered the chaplaincy in the Indiana National Guard in August, 2010, serving as Battalion Chaplain at the 1/163 Field Artillery for two years and Squadron Chaplain of the 1/152 Cavalry Squadron. After the squadron mission to Egypt returned to regular army, a door of opportunity opened to become part of the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Now, as an Army Reserve Chaplain, second mobilization, he is the Deputy Group Chaplain for 1st SFG (A). Swisher says that it has been and continues to be his greatest honor at 59 years of age, to serve God, our country, and the soldiers and their family members of the 1st SFG (A). The joy of my life is getting to fulfill God’s calling to minister to soldiers, alongside his sweetheart, Jan.
Chaplain Trimble is currently serving at Fort Bragg, NC. Raised in a small town in Northeastern Oklahoma, Chaplain Trimble is the middle child of a mid-western dairy farmer who raised his family to love the ministry and work of the Kingdom. Most of his love for nature and common sense comes from the many years on the family farm, working and enjoying creation. Kevin went to college and received a degree from Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore Oklahoma where he met his wife, Darla. They have enjoyed marriage and ministry together now for over twenty-four years. Their joy has been the raising of two great kids, Nathan and Rachel who have ‘emptied’ the nest. Nathan has recently graduated with ROTC honors from Vanderbilt College in Nashville, Tennessee, and is in training as a 2nd Lieutenant. Nathan is engaged to be married and will begin his Army Service in Fort Hood. Rachel is a Senior at Free Will Baptist Bible College studying Psychology in preparation for a degree as a Speech Pathologist and will begin her Master’s work after graduation. A recent addition to the family is “Duke,” a Basset Hound that is the center of attention. Chaplain Trimble’s wife, Darla is from the Belton, Missouri. Her family has spent many years in faithful service to the local church. Committed to the church work of Christ in everyday life she is lending skill, love, talent and excellence to other women. She is active as a runner and has competed in several marathons. Chaplain Trimble holds a Doctorate in Theology and while deployed to Afghanistan completed a Master’s in Religion from Hillsdale FWB College. He has trained in Dale Carnegie, Financial Peace University and other military training including Emergency Medical, Aviation, Safety and is active in preparing ‘Strong Bonds’ retreats for his soldiers. Awards for Chaplain Trimble include the Bronze Star, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghan Campaign Star Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Nato Medal.
Captain Walter Lee Frye Jr. was born 26 February 1973 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Welch College in Nashville, TN in 1998, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pastoral Training and Bible. He entered the Marine Corp Reserves in May 1991, and honorably served as a 0311 infantry Soldier and a 0151 personnel clerk until May of 1999. CPT Frye entered the full-time civilian pastorate in August 1999 to January 2010. On 21 June 2007 CPT Frye entered the Army National Guard as a Chaplain Candidate. On 8 June 2008 he attended the Chaplain Initial Military Training in Ft. Jackson, SC and finished on 3 July 2008. On 4 January 2009 CPT Frye attended the final phases (1-3) of Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course in Ft. Jackson, SC and graduated on 3 April 2009. On 15 May 2009 He graduated from Luther Rice University and Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. CPT Frye deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 02 January 2010 to 05 January 2011. CPT Frye’s military training includes: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. (1991), Marine Corps Administration School, Camp Pendleton, SC. (1991), Jungle Warfare Training at Fort Sherman, Panama (1993), Chaplain Basic Officer Leaders Course at US Army Chaplain Center and School at Ft. Jackson, SC. (2009) and Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. (2012). On 2 January 2010 CPT Frye was deployed in support of OIF, and served as the post Chaplain at the Kuwaiti Naval Base, Kuwait. CPT Frye served as the 442D Signal Battalion Chaplain from 1 February 2011 to 31 May 2013 in Fort Gordon, GA. CPT Frye is married to Blair and has two children, Hayden (10) and Lily (9). He enjoys running, golfing, amusement parks, preaching, and spending time with his family. Awards include: Meritorious Service Medal (w/1 OLC), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medial, Army Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Overseas Service Ribbon, German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold and Bronze Order of Mercury and Parachutist Badge.
Currently serving in Fayetteville, North Carolina. CH Kerr is presently a Captain with 12 years in service with the Chaplain Corps. He graduated from Free Will Baptist Bible College with a BA in Pastoral Studies and received a MDiv. in Christian Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007. His immediate family consists of his wife Ginger, their daughters, Sarah and Grace, and their son, Jonathan. CH (CPT) Kerr serves with the 3rd Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne) made up of roughly 615 Soldiers. CH Kerr says that “There is nothing better to keep your prayers upward as observing the horizon with the wind in your canopy”. Please pray for CH Kerr as he ministers the sacred things of life to our nation’s Soldiers.
Chaplain COL Terry Austin grew up in Delaware and joined the Marine Corps in 1975 where he accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and answered the call to preach. After serving four years in the Marine Corps he attended Free Will Baptist Bible College in 1979 during which time he met and married the former Mona Jean Bozeman. Upon graduation he pastored in Arkansas and served as an assistant pastor in Alabama. Desiring to be a National Guard chaplain he attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis and graduated with a Master’s of Divinity Degree in 1989. It was during a Missions Conference that he committed himself to the active duty chaplaincy. He was accessioned onto active duty in December 1989. He has represented Free Will Baptist during Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. They have two children, Adam and Tabitha who is married to SGT Christopher Crowley who also serves in the United States Army.
Mark and Danielle McCraney are following the Lord’s leadership into the chaplain’s ministry. After working alongside Donnie and Susan Burke and planting a Free Will Baptist church in Colorado, Mark McCraney has transitioned to the chaplaincy representing Free Will Baptists. After completing chaplaincy school, Lieutenant McCraney has been sent on his first assignment. Mark and Danielle have two sons, Ethan and Lucas, who are excited about family life in the military. Please pray for this family as they make this change and settle into this new ministry.