The Evangelical Chaplains Commission provides support and endorsement for evangelicals to minister as chaplains in the military and in civilian capacities. The Commission also connects and convenes the chaplain ministries of evangelical denominations, making it the largest representative body of chaplains in the U.S. Armed Forces and Veterans Administration.
The Commission provides ongoing support of its chaplains and their families through training conferences, visitation and regular correspondence. We share information that impacts chaplain ministry and also provide assistance to churches that partner with individual chaplains through prayer and friendship.
The Evangelical Chaplains Commission was formed in 1944 by the National Association of Evangelicals to assist evangelical chaplains in the military. The Evangelical Chaplains Commission directly endorses about 100 chaplains and candidates, and brings together many denominational chaplains ministries to network and resource together.
Meet the Team
Steve West | Executive Director
Chaplain Steve West, executive director of the NAE Chaplains Commission, served as an active duty chaplain in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Air Force and Army for 41 years, retiring from his distinguished career as senior chaplain for Joint Base Langley/Eustis. He is a graduate of University of Mobile, New Orleans Theological Seminary, Alabama Theological Seminary and the Department of Defense Joint Staff College.
Brandon Doss | Associate Endorser
Brandon Doss is the associate endorser for the Evangelical Chaplains Commission. He is a founder and lead pastor at Cultivate Church (cultivatechurch.tv), a nondenominational multi-campus church in Shelby County, Alabama, planted in 2012. He's married to his wife, Danielle, and they have two children: Isabella Grace and Shepherd Liam. He received a B.A. in theology from Carolina University and is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Rockbridge Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.
Karis Watts | Executive Assistant
Karis Watts is an executive assistant with the Evangelical Chaplains Commission. She is also a stay-at-home mom, and seamstress, and serves at Cultivate Church in Shelby County, Alabama.