Chenowith - Prison Chaplain - Hickory, NC, USA

Lon Chenowith

Hickory, NC, USA


Prison Chaplain


I have served in prisons internationally and in the local county jails, as well as state correctional institutions. I have preached the Gospel, counseled, prayed for and encouraged prison inmates.

Work History

Senior Pastor

Baptist Home Church

August 2010 - March 2013

We baptized 20 and added 32 others in 32 months. Mission teams to Kenya, Burundi, Honduras, Peru, and West Virginia led 995 to first time commitments to Christ. We paid down 500k on the church debt. One project to motivate the people toward debt eradication was the Mountain to Sea Run that raised $31k. I conducted 2 weddings, 7 baby dedications, and 23 funerals.

Interim Pastor, Health Care Chaplain in St. Augustine

Staff Ministry

October 2008 - August 2010

We published Five Million Steps: Adventure along the Appalachian Trail (

Senior Pastor

Bethlehem Baptist Church

February 1994 - September 2008

In 15 years we baptized 367 and added another 145 new members to the church. We were part of 21 mission projects and had 1,852 professions of faith. I conducted 36 weddings, 65 baby dedications, and 115 funeral services.


Pastor, Mineral Wells Baptist Fellowship, Mineral Wells, WV

July 1988 - February 1994

We recovered a church that was about to close their door and started a new church in a county of 4,000. During those years we led about 170 people to the Lord,

baptized 50, and added 50 new members to the church. I did 12 weddings, 9 baby
dedications, and 5 funerals.


Church Planter, First Baptist Church, West

December 1983 - July 1988

This was a scratch church planting work in South Florida. We led 135 people to Christ, baptized 28, and added 55 new members. I did 4 weddings, 2 baby dedications, and 6 funeral services. "Run for the Saints" was a project we did to pay off debt on the mission property. We raised $15,000. I ran 1,099 miles around the coastal perimeter of the state.

Qualifications & Certifications

Missions and Evangelism

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

BA, Masters of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry

Oklahoma Baptist University; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Luther Rice Theological Seminary.

Oklahoma Baptist University; Southwestern Seminary; Luther Rice Seminary

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