US Air Force Chaplaincy

What Air Force Chaplains Do?

Airmen and Guardians live and work around the world serving our country. Chaplains serve side-by-side with them, leading worship services, providing pastoral care, and advising leadership as they exemplify the Air Force Chaplain Service vision of Glorifying God, Honoring Airmen, and Serving All.

Life as an Air Force chaplain is both exciting and rewarding. As members of a multicultural community, chaplains provide ministry to Airmen of their own faith group, yet also act as guardians of the free exercise of religion for all Air Force members and their families.

Chaplain areas of responsibility include worship, hospital ministry, parish programs, confinement ministry, and crisis intervention. Chaplains combine the roles of clergy and military officer while upholding the standards of the Air Force Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Each year about 35,000 new airmen and guardians enter the Air Force and Space Force. Not all share the same values. The U.S.A.F. Chaplaincy CORPS help instill the personal ethical standards that provide a strong foundation for the Air Force Core Values.


TTo be a Chaplain endorsed by the Charismatic Episcopal Church in North America you must meet the following requirements:

• An ordained clergyman in a CEC Parish for at least two years.

• Receive an approval from your Diocesan Bishop

• Sensitive to religious pluralism and able to provide for the free exercise of religion for all military personnel, their family members and civilians who work for the Air Force.

• Possess an accredited Baccalaureate degree of not less than 120 semester hours.

• Possess a 72-semester hour graduate degree in theological or religious studies from ATS accredited seminary. This is usually a Masters of Divinity degree.

U.S.A.F. Chaplain Candidate Program

The Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program is an exciting opportunity for seminary students to evaluate their compatibility and potential for commissioning as an Air Force Chaplain. The focus is on experiencing ministry in the Air Force during summer tours of active duty. As a chaplain candidate you will draw upon your background, education, and experience to function as part of an Air Force chapel team. Upon entering the program, you will be commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate, Second Lieutenant. Upon graduation and obtaining an ecclesiastical endorsement, chaplain candidates are eligible for reappointment as a chaplain in the USAF Reserve, Air National Guard, or Active-Duty component.

The Program

• Commissioned Officer Training (33 days; Maxwell AFB, AL)

• Chaplain Candidate Course (12 days; Fort Jackson, SC)

• Two Supervised Internships (35 days each at Air Force bases)

The Benefits

• Supervised ministry experience (with seminary approval)

• Diverse ministry setting

• Supplement/Expand/Enrich your ministerial education

• Support the defense of our freedom

• Ensure the free exercise of religion

• Eligibility to seek reappointment to Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, or Active-Duty

• Duty Chaplaincy

• Second Lieutenant pay and benefits

• Travel to and from all active duty-training tours is paid by the government.

For More Information Contact:

Bishop David Epps, Military Chaplain Endorser:

Email: or cell phone at 770-714-2560

Dean of the Cathedral: Fr. Jason Epps: 678- 858-9200

Address information to:

The Cathedral of Christ the King

Military Office

ATTN: Bishop David Epps

4881Hwy 34 E

Sharpsburg, GA 30277

Endorser Staff:

Reverend Canon Dr. Brett Travis, Retired Army Chaplain (LTC-R):

Email: or cell phone at 865-661-1418 or

Reverend Wayne Lewis, Retired Navy E-6 RP1 Chaplain Assistant

Email: or cell phone at 931-691-9074

Air Force Active-Duty Website: