Dr. Doug Carver - Gordon Conwell
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Dr. Doug Carver

Faculty Mentor for the Pastoral Theology in Practice

Chaplain (Major General) Doug Carver, US Army, retired, is the Executive Director of Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board. An advocate for the religious liberty of service members, veterans, and their families, he oversees the professional and pastoral support to 3700 Southern Baptist Chaplains who minister in various institutional settings in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining the North American Mission Board, he was the Army’s 22nd Chief of Chaplains (2007-2011), leading and serving over 2900 chaplains supporting the religious and pastoral needs of our 1.2 million soldiers and families. Chaplain Carver served at every level of the Army, from platoon to the Department of the Army Staff.

At the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, he served as the senior military chaplain in the combat theater of operations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in religion from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in strategic studies from the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. In 2016 he was inducted into the University of Tennessee’s Inaugural Army ROTC Hall of Fame. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, Chaplain Carver has pastored churches in Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. A native of Rome, Georgia, he and his wife, Sunny, celebrate 50 years of marriage and reside in Charlotte, North Carolina near their two daughters and five grandchildren.


  • DMin (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • MS (United States Army War College)
  • MDiv (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • BA (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN)

Selected List of Publications

  • “Faith in God: The Cure for Compassion Fatigue,” FOCUS Magazine 10:8 (2012): 4-5.
  • “Faith in the Foxhole: A Report from the Frontlines,” Christian Counseling Today 19:2 (2012): 18-23.
  • “The Chaplain and the Profession of Arms,” Military Review,
    Special Edition 9 (2011): 46-49.

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