About Me

I am a Chaplain in the Army. I am a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and hold Bachelor’s Degrees in Bible and Family Psychology. I attended the Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course at Fort Jackson, SC in the summer of 2008. I am a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Stewardship.

I spent a couple years as a pastor after finishing up seminary. From there I transitioned to my current work as an Active Duty Army Chaplain.

I know that many of you who stumble upon this blog will be looking for information about CHBOLC. I hope that you will find the posts and pictures useful and that this blog can be a resource for you as you prepare for CHBOLC.

Thanks for stopping by!

My lovely date

19 thoughts on “About Me

  1. CH CDT Caleb,

    I recently received my commission at a 2LT in the TNARNG as a Chaplain Candidate. It seems that we have much in common as I am in the process of getting my M.Div as Mid America Baptist Seminary in Memphis. I was married on June 10, 2006 to the most beautiful woman in the world (no offense to anyone else) and will probably (hopefully) being doing CHBOLC next summer, all phases. Once I graduate from seminary, I am hoping to do active duty as well…

    I would love to keep up with you, as hopefully we will be meeting next summer. my email addy is jec530@bellsouth.net. If you would like to call me, shoot me an email and I will provide it to you ( don’t want the whole world having my cell#).

    I look forward to hearing from you soon and i will pray for your constantly.

    Your Brother

    2LT John Cook

  2. I am 35 years old and will be starting my M.Div shortly. I am considering joining the ARNG to become a Chaplain Candidate. Any real person advice either of you would like to share? The process, the reality of the training, and anything else. I look forward to reading any posts.


  3. I came across your blog when searching for info on Mike Huckabee.

    My husband is a U.S. Army chaplain as of July ’06. While he was a chaplain candidate, I started a group for chaplain’s wives. Feel free to have your wife check it out. It’s small, but hopefully will grow as the word gets out.

  4. Hi friend! I am looking into going into the Chaplain side of the military…I had some questions for you, and hoping you could help me out. If you get some time, please e-mail me at mmontana4@gmail.com. Thanks, brother!

  5. Hey Caleb, I came across your blog after looking up chbolc. I’m a chaplain candidate attending seminary in Virginia. I recieved my commission after being enlisted for 4 years. Hopefully I’ll be attending Chbolc next summer. Are you aware of any offers or programs that will pay for seminary. You can email me at jonathan.goldwire@gmail.com to discuss this some more. Thanks

  6. Hello! My name is Jocelyn Green, I’m a former military wife and author of Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives (Moody Publishers 2008). I wanted to tell you about the book so you could be aware of this new resource for the wives of your men. Visit http://www.faithdeployed.com for much more information.

    The book was written by 15 military wives from every branch of service and has endorsements from many national military ministries. I hope you will help me get the word out about both the book and the Web site as we support the women who support our troops the most.


  7. Caleb,

    I don’t know if you remember me but we went to OBU together, I am in the process of becoming a CH candidate and I had some questions, shoot me an e mail if you are available!
    thanks for your service


  8. Hi Caleb,

    I am a religion/philosophy sophmore at Oklahoma City University and feel called by God to enter the full-time ministry. I’m not sure exactly what type of ministry God is calling me towards, but I have had this strange desire to learn more about the military chaplaincy for the past year. I would love to talk with you about your call and experiences as an Army Chaplain. Please email me if you have a chance.

    Your brother in Christ,
    Jason Blakeburn

  9. Hey Caleb,
    I didn’t get the notice when you replied until I looked at this post just now. I thought I clicked that box. Anyway, your blog was so inspirational I started one at http://www.chaplainpete.wordpress.com. I am having a little trouble with making the menu correctly but my goal is to document my progress with the chaplaincy. I have no military background except I have had grandfathers, stepdad and dad-in-law in the military. My wife’s dad fought during D-Day in Normandy. Anyway, I took the plunge with the blog to also encourage others who are thinking of being a chaplain but have never had personal experience in it except that the Lord has called them. I know you wrote extensively about your journey to active chaplaincy. Can you tell me some advice about transitioning from civilian to military life and also about balancing the two? –Pete

    1. Probably the greatest encouragement I have for you is that, with time, your lack of initial military experience won’t matter. If you have a heart for soldiers and a willingness to learn and integrate into the military lifestyle you’ll do just fine. There will be a steep learning curve starting out but don’t let it get you down.

  10. Thanks Caleb! I appreciate the pictures you take on your drills as I can see what to expect. Your list on packing is great too. I take lots of pictures but I usually share them only with friends. As a chaplain, will I need permission before posting a picture of from drills?

      1. Thanks Mr. C. By the way, I love the show Chuck too! My wife and I would watch an episode at night and have several more to go. I love your post on it but didn’t finish it as there were spoilers. Anyway, my wife and I are also on our 10th year in marriage and will be in California together to celebrate. I like the new look of your blog. Keep writing, perhaps more about chaplaincy as well. God bless!

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