“Liberty Baptist Chaplains, called to bear the presence and message of Jesus Christ around the globe.”
The Liberty Baptist Fellowship provides endorsement and pastoral care of chaplains and counselors in ministry who serve in a variety of chaplain ministries, including military, hospitals, prisons, public safety, community and corporations.
We are the chaplain endorsement branch under Liberty Church Network, which was formed in 1981 under the direction of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell.
In 1982, LBF was approached by graduates of the seminary who had a desire to be chaplains, and needed to be endorsed by a denomination or fellowship of churches. Soon thereafter, LBF applied to the Armed Services Chaplains Board and was approved to be an official endorsing agency.
LBF started small with Dr. Dennis Fields and Dr. Lew Weider as endorsing agents, setting the stage for future growth. Dr. Charlie Davidson (Ch, Lt Col USAF [Ret.]) followed as endorsing agent and remained in that position until his passing in April of 2017. At this time, his associate endorsing agent, Dr. Steven Keith (Ch, Col USAF [Ret.]) took over endorsement responsibilities, and brought on a new associate, Dr. Keith Travis (CH, COL, USA [Ret.]) In 2021, a second associate, Dr. James Wright, was welcomed to the team.
Dr. Steven Keith
Formally, Chaplain, Colonel Steve Keith (USAF Ret.) served as an Active Duty Air Force Chaplain from 1984-2014. Notably, as Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center (AFCC) he led the Congressionally mandated inauguration of the new Center for Chaplaincy and orchestrated inter-service education for the Army, Navy, and Air Force Chaplain Corps. Additionally, he served as the Commandant of the Air Force Chaplain Corps College and was responsible for the education and training of all Active Duty, Reserve, and Air National Guard Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants, ministering to 800,000 military personnel and their families worldwide. Distinctly, Chaplain Keith served in 19 assignments worldwide and deployed several times to the Middle East, most notably to Iraq where he received the Bronze Star for exceptional ministry while under fire.
On Jan. 15, 2020, Dr. Keith, was announced as an Executive Counsel Member of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF). NCMAF mission statement is to connect “member faith groups with military and VA chaplaincies,” and to “celebrate the religious diversity of the United States of America.” Dr. Keith sees the potential of this appointment to positively impact the chaplains he endorses.
Chaplain Keith was ordained to the ministry in 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Strategic Studies, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. Chaplain Keith is married to Delta (Johnson) Keith and they have five children and eight grandchildren.
Dr. Keith Travis
Associate Endorsing Agent
Keith has 28 years of experience in the United States Army as a Chaplain (and is a retired Colonel). He and his family were missionaries with the Foreign Mission Board (IMB) in Costa Rica and Mexico for six years. In addition, he has served in several churches as pastor or associate pastor roles.
He and his wife Pam have been married for 37 years. Pam is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. They live in Orlando, Florida, and have three adult children (including a son in law), and 2 grandchildren, who are the love of their lives!
Keith spends his spare time as a Professor with Liberty University School of Divinity, Gateway Seminary (Golden Gate Theological Seminary), and Columbia International Seminary (Columbia SC) where he teaches classes on Chaplaincy to online students, as well as in-resident work during intensive weeks.
Dr. James Wright
Associate Endorsing Agent
Dr. Wright has served as chaplain in hospitals in St Louis MO, where he began Clinical Pastoral Education programs. In 2002, Dr. Wright developed the accredited Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) program at Baptist Health Paducah. While at Paducah, he was named as Director of the Pastoral Care Department where he oversaw the department budget, was supervisor to 3 staff chaplains, volunteers, CPE interns, and provided pastoral care to medical staff, physicians and patients. Dr. Wright also developed Clinical Pastoral Training (CPT) in Paducah, a community-involved volunteer chaplain program for trained volunteer chaplains who maintain annual competencies and have ongoing training. The CPT program over the years has trained more than 200 volunteers, both local pastors and laypersons, and continues to be an important program serving alongside the Pastoral Care Staff. He also developed an ethics consult program that saved time and resources in the resolution of conflicts that arise in a hospital. As a CPE Supervisor and ACPE Certified Educator Dr. Wright has trained CPE interns averaging 4 students per unit/semester.
Currently, Dr. Wright has returned to serve as ACPE Certified Educator at the Marion IL Medical Center, which is an accredited ACPE Center. He is also presently serving at the Liberty University Center for Chaplaincy in Lynchburg Virginia as the ACPE Certified Educator. Liberty University Center for Chaplaincy is now an ACPE Satellite of the Marion VA Medical Center. Dr. Wright graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He received a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY.