Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief



Disaster Relief is a ministry-based approach to impacting people for the Kingdom of God.  Our motto of Serving Christ in Crisis has two implications:

  1. We serve Christ to those persons who are victims of disaster.
  2. When we minister to persons in need, we are serving Christ Himself (Matthew 25:40).

The goal of Disaster Relief is to provide some measure of normalcy for the victims of a disaster event.



We offer two opportunities for planning for disaster response:

  • Individuals who want to serve as credentialed Disaster Relief volunteers need to attend a Phase 1 event.  Click the Training tab above for a list of current training events.
  • Churches who want basic information on how to minister during the time of a disaster can host a seminar on Family and Church Preparation.  For more information please contact us…

Disasters provide many opportunities for believers to be the “hands and feet of Jesus”.  Many people have a natural and emotional desire to help other people when tragedy strikes.  In order to be the most effective, here are some thoughts to keep in mind:

  • Attend one of our scheduled Phase 1 events.  Click the Training tab above for a current listing.
  • Find out where and how we are responding by clicking the Updates tab above.
  • The best response is Prayer and Financial Support.  Please refrain from collecting unsolicited items and please do not self deploy.



Everyone who wants to serve in Disaster Relief must be “Phase 1″ trained.  Phase 1 training opportunities as well as other courses are offered throughout the year in various locations of the state.  Here are our current offerings:

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For those persons who want to learn about Disaster Relief to see if it is a ministry they would like to be part of.  (Registration is required but there are no training fees.  It’s FREE!) Recertification CANNOT be accomplished at this event.


None scheduled at this time.

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PHASE 1 TRAINING (Required for All Volunteers)

At this credentialing session, you will receive an introduction to the ministry of Disaster Relief and an orientation to the ministry area of your choosing.  Once you become a credentialed Disaster Relief volunteer, recertification is required every 3 years.  Recertification can be accomplished at these trainings.

Phase 1 Schedule:

  • 7:30-9:00 am:  Check-in and ID Photo (Please arrive no later than 8:15 AM)
  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm:  Introduction to Disaster Relief/Recertification/International – Part 1
  • 12:00-12:45 pm:  Lunch (Provided)
  • 12:45-3:45 pm:  Orientation in Ministry Area/ International – Part 2
  • 3:45-4:00 pm:  Commissioning


SEPTEMBER 12, 2015:  

Grove Level Baptist Church, Dalton, Registration Deadline:  SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

Click here  to register online through our NEW online registration for this training!

It’s a 3 step process:

  • Create an InFellowship Login account which will send an activation email to the email you provide.
  • Activate your InFellowship Login account by clicking the activation link in the email you receive.
  • Register for the event.


OR  . . . you can register for any of the 2015 Phase 1 trainings by downloading and mailing in the registration form below:

Click here to download a Phase 1 PDF format Registration Form.

Click here to download a Phase 1 Word Document Registration Form.


FEES: Credentialing Training Fees if received by the registration deadline:

Phase 1=$40, Recertification = $20, Cross-training in another Ministry Area = $40.

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Required every 3 years in your Primary Unit (ministry area) to remain an active volunteer.  This can be accomplished by attending any of the Phase 1 trainings or by attending a Recertification Training hosted and scheduled by the leadership of the Primary Unit you are assigned to.  Recertification in your Primary Unit will recertify you in all areas you are trained in.

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Designed for volunteers who sense the Lord leading them to become involved in this ministry at a leadership level and prepares the Disaster Relief volunteer to serve as a Team Leader or fulfill some special role.  Recertification CANNOT be accomplished at this event. (Training Fees = $40.  Additional charges may apply.)


Phase 2 Courses:

  • ***Chaplaincy 2 – CISM:  Peer (One-on-One) (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Chaplaincy)
  • Child Care 2 (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Child Care)
  • Cleanup & Recovery 2 (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Cleanup & Recovery AND Chainsaw School)
  • Communications 2 (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Communications)
  • Feeding 2 (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Feeding)
  • **International 2 (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 International Training)
  • Support Unit (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Training in Cleanup & Recovery or Feeding)
  • **Incident Commander – Formerly Unit Director (Prerequisite:  Written Recommendation of Unit Leadership AND Phase 2 in any Ministry Area)
  • *IMT  – Incident Management Team (Prerequisite:  Phase 1 in any Ministry Area, Phase 2 Preferred, AND experience in the Field)

Phase 2 Schedule:

  • ***Chaplaincy 2 – CISM:  Peer (One-on-One):  Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, continues Saturday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • *IMT ONLY:  Friday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • **Incident Commander and International 2:  Friday, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, continues Saturday, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • All Ministry Areas and Support Unit Training:  Saturday, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

OCTOBER 2-3, 2015:

Houston Lake Baptist Church, Perry, REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Click here  to register online through our NEW online registration for this training!

It’s a 3 step process:

  • Create an InFellowship Login account which will send an activation email to the email you provide.
  • Activate your InFellowship Login account by clicking the activation link in the email you receive.
  • Register for the event.


OR  . . . you can register for the 2015 Phase 2 training by downloading and mailing in the registration form below:

Click here to download a Phase 2 PDF format Registration Form.

Click here to download a Phase 2 Word Document Registration Form.

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Chainsaw Schools begin at 8:00 AM on Friday morning with registration and conclude late Saturday afternoon.  Phase 1 Training in Cleanup & Recovery is a prerequisite to attending Chainsaw School.

Space is limited and registrations are processed on a first come/first serve basis.  (Training Fees may vary.  See registration form for details.)


SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2015:

Oakwood Baptist Church, Chickamauga, Registration Deadline:  SEPTEMBER 18, 2015


Click here to download a 2015 Chainsaw School PDF format Registration Form.

Click here to download a 2015 Chainsaw School Word Document Registration Form.

Privacy and Refund Policy for Training Events:

Your information is held securely by the Fellowship One system.  This information will remain private and will never be given away to third parties, other than to process your scheduled payments.

You can register and pay online for events by their registration deadline.  Once a paid registration has been processed online, it cannot be cancelled online.  If there are any problems or questions related to this, please contact the Disaster Relief office at 770-936-5254,, or Disaster Relief, 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA   30097.

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None at this time.


  • 13 Gospel Presentations
  • 165 Volunteer Days
  • – Meals Prepared
  • 11 Mudout Jobs Completed
  • 3 Pressure Washes
  • 5 Mold Remediations
  • 3 Chainsaw Jobs Completed
  • 3 Tear Out/Repair Jobs
  • – Roofs Tarped
  • – Children Cared For
  • – Showers Completed
  • – Laundry Loads
  • – Communication Messages
  • 57 Chaplaincy Contacts
  • 1 Other Decisions
  • 96 Ministry Contacts


  • 277 Gospel Presentations
  • 72 Professions of Faith
  • 1098 Volunteer Days
  • 3,533 Meals Prepared
  • 61 Mudout Jobs Completed
  • 5 Pressure Washes
  • 15 Mold Remediations
  • 121 Chainsaw Jobs Completed
  • 116 Repair Jobs
  • 9 Roofs Tarped
  • – Children Cared For
  • 212 Showers Completed
  • – Laundry Loads
  • – Communication Messages
  • 967 Chaplaincy Contacts
  • 2 Other Decisions
  • 400 Ministry Contacts


  • Hurricane Sandy Rebuild

    Staten Island & Freeport NY, and Allenwood, NJ:   GBC has funds to help your church group participate so please contact Stuart Lang for more information by clicking here.  NAMB will be the primary coordinator.  Information and registration of teams can be done through the following link:

    • We anticipate having housing for as many as 150 volunteers per night available beginning May 1, 2013.
    • Volunteers will be housed in large groups separated by gender. We will not be able to provide housing for individual groups, families or couples. Continue reading →

If you would like to donate to the Georgia Baptist ministry of Disaster relief, you can do so in the following ways:

To mail a donation, please make checks payable to Disaster Relief and mail to:

Disaster Relief Georgia Baptist Convention 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA   30097


Online Donations:


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Visit our Disaster Relief eStore and order all you DR gear online!

Patches, belt buckles, tees, caps and much more!

Only VISA or MASTERCARD are accepted.

Click here to shop the Disaster Relief eStore

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If paying by check, Please make checks payable to “DISASTER RELIEF”.

Click here to download, complete, and mail form and payment to:

Disaster Relief

6405 Sugarloaf Parkway

Duluth, GA 30097

disaster reilef patch placements

Click here to download the diagram for placement of Disaster Relief patches.

Media Contact

Georgia Baptist Disaster ReliefGeorgia Baptist Convention Communications Contact Information


Georgia Baptist Convention Communications

For all media/news inquiries for interview requests, event information, official statements, disaster relief and related items, please contact:


Mark Strange

Communications Director



  1. Ronald Gilbert

    On 10/10/2014 I attended chainsaw training. The instructor was Carl Langford. I have to say this was one of the most informative classes I have ever attended. Mr. Langford’s knowledge and presentation was outstanding. I have “used” a chainsaw for years, now I have the knowledge to operate one, thanks to Carl and Georgia Baptist Convention. God Bless

  2. Krystal de Leon

    Do you have any disaster relief training for beginners available this year?

    • Yes, there’s one more event that we call a Phase 1 training which will be held in Dalton, GA on September 12. Details about the event and information on how to register can be found at

    • Terrie Jarrett

      Can you recertifiy on phase 1, if your training has already been expired. For a couple of years. Thank you Terrie

      • Yes, as long as you have been through Phase 1 sometime since January 2007. And there are 2 ways to do so. 1) Contact your Unit Director to see if he/she is planning a recertification event, or; 2) Register for our September training in Dalton. If you need more assistance you can visit our website at or contact our office at 770-936-5254.

  3. Jeannette Crook

    Is the convention sponsoring a relief project to help the earthquake victims in Napal? If so, what sort of relief…supplies or monetary? Some of our members were asking.

    Jeannette Crook, Sec.
    First Baptist Church Reynolds

    • At this point in time, Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief is praying for our Southern Baptist partners, Baptist Global Response, as they assess the situation, determine needs, and establish a strategy. As plans develop, credentialed volunteers may be asked to respond. If you would like to make a donation to Relief efforts you may do so by sending a check to our office designated for Nepal Relief, or by donating directly to BGR through their website at

      Stuart Lang
      GBC State Missionary

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