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.


Although the ECC operates under the authority and as a part of the National Association of Evangelicals, the operational budget comes from dues assessed through organizational members and endorsed chaplains. The Evangelical Chaplains Commission elects its own officers. The Evangelical Chaplains Commission is an active member of The National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF) and The Endorsers Conference for Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy (ECVAC). These bodies include the official representatives of all major faith groups in the United States.

Meet the Team

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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.

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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 Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama, and is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Rockbridge Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.

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Becca Poe | Executive Assistant

Becca Poe is an executive assistant with Evangelical Chaplains Commission. She received her Masters of Arts in school counseling from the University of Alabama in 2011 and has worked as a counselor for students and families ever since. In addition to counseling, Becca serves as a worship leader at Cultivate Church. She is a proud wife to Michael and mom to Sawyer, Violet and Norah.

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Rich Gorman | Institutional Chaplaincy Director

Rich is the ECC Institutional Chaplaincy Director. Ordained Official Worker with Christian and Missionary Alliance of 36 years. Served as the Director for Institutional Chaplaincy for The Christian and Missionary Alliance for 15 years. Served as an Institutional Chaplain in various hospitals for 20 years. He is married to his wife Deb (41 years). He has two adult daughters and two grandsons.