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.

2016 INTRODUCTION TO DISASTER RELIEF TRAININGS:  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.

NEW IN 2016!  

  • Friday/Saturday Schedule
  • In most cases, choose the day’s session you would like to attend (First Time Attendees who have NOT completed a standalone Introduction to Disaster Relief will need to attend both the Friday and Saturday sessions.)
  • Opportunities to train and cross train in 2 ministry areas
  • If recertifying, must attend the 3 hour training session of the Primary Unit/Ministry Area you are assigned to.

Phase 1 Schedule:


  • 4:00 – 6:00 PM:  Check-in and ID Photo (Please arrive no later than 5:15 PM)
  • 6:00 – 9:00 PM:  Introduction to Disaster Relief/Training in Ministry Area/Recertification (Chaplaincy, Cleanup & Recovery, and Feeding ONLY)


  • 7:00 – 9:00 AM:  Registration (Please arrive no later than 8:15 AM)
  • 9:00 – 11:45 AM:  Training in Ministry Areas/Recertification (all Ministry Areas)/Cross Training
  • 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM:  Commissioning Service


Please be aware that there is a separate online registration link for FIRST TIME PHASE 1 ATTENDEES (those who have not attended a Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Training or who have attended an Introduction to Disaster Relief ONLY training in the last 12 months.)


SEPTEMBER 9-10, 2016: 

Hawhammock Baptist Church, Swainsboro, REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 2, 2016

FIRST TIME PHASE 1 ATTENDEES:  Click here to register.


It’s a 3 step process:

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


OR . . . Print, complete, and mail in one of the following registration forms:

FIRST TIME ATTENDEES:  If this is your first time attending a Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Training or if you have attended an Introduction to Disaster Relief training within the last 12 months:

CREDENTIALED VOLUNTEERS:  If you have attended a Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief training since 1-1-2007 and would like to Recertify or Cross Train in another Ministry Area:


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

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

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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/Chaplaincy 2 = $65.  Additional charges may apply.)


1. CHAPLAINCY 2 – CISM:  PEER (One-on-One):  (Friday, September 30, Registration:  8:00 AM, Training:  8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Continues Saturday, October 1:  8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Chaplaincy

2. CHILD CARE 2:  (Saturday, October 1, Registration: 7:30 AM, Training:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Child Care

3.  CLEANUP & RECOVERY 2:  (Saturday, October 1, Registration: 7:30 AM, Training:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Cleanup & Recovery AND Chainsaw School

4.  FEEDING 2:  (Saturday, October 1, Registration: 7:30 AM, Training:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Feeding

5.  LOGISTICS (formerly Communications 2 and Support Unit Training):  (Saturday, October 1, Registration: 7:30 AM, Training:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM)  Prerequisite:  Phase 1 Training in Cleanup & Recovery, Communications, or Feeding)

6.  INCIDENT COMMANDER (Formerly Unit Director Training):    (Friday, September 30, Registration:  6:30 PM, Training:  7:00 – 9:00 PM, Continues Saturday, October 1:  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Prerequisite:  Written Recommendation of Unit Leadership AND Phase 2 training in any Ministry Area

7.  IMT (Incident Management Team):  (Friday, September 30, Registration:  9:30 AM, Training:  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) Prerequisite:  Phase 1 in any Ministry Area, Phase 2 Preferred, AND experience in the Field



Houston Lake Baptist Church, Perry, REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Click here to register.

It’s a 3 step process:

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


OR . . . Print, complete, and mail in the following 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 23-24, 2016, Savannah Baptist Assembly, Guyton, GA, REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

Click here to download a PDF Registration form.

Click here to download a 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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West Virginia Flooding:

Team 5 of Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief Cleanup & Recovery Unit 30R and Chaplains (with help from Unit 7R and 19R) have been deployed to Mt. Nebo, West Virginia to assist with the flood recovery efforts.  This is the last team scheduled for this deployment.  They will return on July 29.  THANK YOU  to all those who SERVED CHRIST IN CRISIS! in West Virginia!

If you have any questions, please contact your Unit Director.

What can you do to help:

  • Please continue praying for those affected by the flooding as well as those responding with relief efforts.
  • If you would like to make a financial contribution, you may send it to the address below with “WV Floods” in the memo:

Georgia Baptist Disaster Relief 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA   30097

NOTE:  Please do not collect items to be sent to West Virginia as there is not an infrastructure for distribution.  West Virginia Disaster Relief will let us know when and if they need items and we will post any needs here.



  • 111 Gospel Presentations
  • 430 Volunteer Days
  • 293 Meals Prepared
  • 30 Assessments
  • 48 Mudout Jobs Completed
  • 2 Pressure Washes
  • 4 Mold Remediations
  • 4 Chainsaw Jobs Completed
  • 11 Tear Outs/Repair Jobs
  • 1 Roofs Tarped
  • – Children Cared For
  • – Showers Completed
  • – Laundry Loads
  • – Communication Messages
  • 245 Chaplaincy Contacts
  • 4 Other Decisions
  • 145 Ministry Contacts


  • 175 Gospel Presentations
  • 1,224 Volunteer Days
  • 3,399 Meals Prepared
  • 195 Mudout Jobs Completed
  • 3 Pressure Washes
  • 5 Mold Remediations
  • 4 Chainsaw Jobs Completed
  • 4 Tear Out/Repair Jobs
  • 14 Roofs Tarped
  • – Children Cared For
  • – Showers Completed
  • – Laundry Loads
  • – Communication Messages
  • 589 Chaplaincy Contacts
  • 6 Other Decisions
  • 400 Ministry Contacts



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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 Mission Board 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA   30097


Online Donations:

Click here to donate to the Disaster Relief General Fund


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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

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

Media Contact




Georgia Baptist Mission Board


Georgia Baptist Mission Board 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. Linda Mangham

    Is there an upcoming phase 1 training near Cumming GA scheduled?

    • Thank you for your interest in the ministry of Disaster Relief.

      The last Phase 1 training for 2016 is scheduled for September 9-10, 2016, in Swainsboro, GA. The details for the 2017 Phase 1 trainings are being worked on. As soon as they are confirmed, the dates, locations, and online registrations will be available on the Training tab of our website –

      If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to serving with you!

  2. Charles & Joan Sangster

    We would like to report that the elder ladies ladies of Central Baptist Church in Waycross sent several large bags of knitted prayer shawls, dolls blankets, afghans, caps and baby shirts to Georgetown, SC for the Chaplain Team I was The Lead for to distribute to the flood victims. The response was over wheling. The affected people were so great full for the compassion show by these gifts of love. JOAN and I visited Central Baptist today to give the ladies a thank you card and verbally convey the appreciation from the Georgetown folks. They were so over joyed at the response. One 87 year old lady is now planning to attend Training in Blackshear in January. visited

    • Thank you so much for the work you did up there. Those ladies are such a blessing in our church here at CBC, Thursday mornings are such a great time here seeing them work so hard to bless others with the talent god has given them. I was blessed to take that 87 year old woman with me to Jamaica on a mission trip and know that she will be an incredible blessing to those she comes alongside working with GBC Disaster Relief. Thank y’all so much for your work as you take the love of Christ to those suffering through tragedy.

      • Rick Nelson

        THANK YOU, for those kind words and for all you do. That 87 year old woman is my Mother. I’m very proud of her and for her belief in always helping others. Thank you again R.N.

  3. Pam Barnes

    We live in Cumming, GA and need to re-certify no later than 4/4/16. What are our options in the N GA region? Thank you.

    • Hey Pam,
      The best thing is to contact your unit director about hosting a recertification event in your part of the state. If you need help knowing who to call, contact our office.

    • Click on the training tab. There are two already scheduled in early 2016

  4. Mary Wade Bell

    I have been with Disaster Relief since the beginning (all the way back to Andrew). I can’t remember or count the trips those of us connected with Kilpatrick Baptist Disaster have made.
    A few years ago I was treated for cancer and have not gone to “work”. I have taken the courseto become a Chaplain which I love. I hope to continue as I am just recovering from a knee replacement.

  5. Paul Varnedoe

    I love Disaster Relief. When I was on staff in TN I had the privilege of working in numerous countries including the tsunami in Sri Lanka. Out of concern for the folks in SC I looked first at our state convention web site. Something I saw grabbed my attention and I have to ask what happened.

    2015 – 13 Gospel Presentations
    2014 – 277 Gospel Presentations

    2015 – 2 Professions of Faith
    2014 – 72 Professions of Faith

    REALLY ???????? Did we stop presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ for some reason ????????

    Mac (Paul) Varnedoe

    • That’s a great question, but incomplete. IF you look at the other numbers on the page you will notice our volunteer days are 1/10th that of last year. The number of jobs are also much lower due to the absence of disasters that we have responded to. We are most definitely sharing our faith and always will. These numbers only represent our activity during DR responses, and if we don’t have opportunities to respond, we don’t have numbers to share.
      So please pray for the South Carolina flood response that we will be able to help people AND share the love of Jesus with them!

  6. Chris Edwards

    As a communicator, I was nervous about going to chainsaw school. They were very patient with me and I enjoyed the class very much!

  7. Really appreciate all the trainers and feeding crew who served Christ this weekend at the chainsaw school at Oakwood Baptist in Chickamauga GA. Great opportunity to get better prepared to Serve Christ in Crisis!

  8. Myra & Tom Potteiger

    We live in Jackson, Ga. and we are asking is there a Phase 1 being held near us in 2016.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

    • Paula Cady

      I would like to get recertification for chaplain. I would like to go to S.C. and help where needed. ie: food, cleanup, wherever.

      • Hey Paula,
        Unfortunately, we won’t be able to schedule another recertification in time for the SC deployment.Things are winding down pretty quickly for the immediate DR response. But rebuild efforts will continue for quite a while. Perhaps you and your church can get plugged in with those efforts.

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