Welcome to The Chaplain Kit


50s era chaplain kitWhat is a “Chaplain Kit”?

There are all kinds of tool kits. I’ve had them for auto work, metal work, carpentry, HVAC, and they can get even more specific like for electronics, welding, horse-shoeing.  Also, thinking more of a symbolic took kit, if you’ve been in the military a day or two, you’ve heard the expression, “here’s something for your tool kit” meaning here’s a “tool” or resource for you to tuck away in your memory to pull out and use later when you need it. For chaplains, our “tool kit” is more specific than those items you’d find or use for general military knowledge (though it should include many of those things, as well), thus this site is called “The Chaplain Kit.” While an actual chaplain kit is something we have for the specific purpose of conducting a worship service in the field, “The Chaplain Kit” seems to fit the idea of a “tool kit” or “memory” specifically for chaplains.


This site proves the Internet is limitless!  There are a lot of places to go for chaplain history, information and resources- each one offering a little different look at things or another perspective.  This site isn’t intended to be an end-all but rather to contribute to what already exists.  As some other sites do, I’ll link to good resources that I find, realizing that I can’t include everything on this site and that what I do offer may not meet the needs of what someone is looking for.  I hope to also receive contributions of resources, links and information from others to add to this site to make it even more valuable to you.  If you have any ideas, let me know, I’m here to help and we can learn from each other!




More About “The Chaplain Kit”

The Chaplain Kit” began as simply a place for me to store things I’ve come across to access later from different locations. The idea hit me that just as I have scoured the web for information or help with something I was working on (and still do), others may be doing the same thing and this site may help.

As you browse the tabs, you’ll discover what’s here. At the Links tab, you’ll find links for other chaplaincy resources as well as places to go for more information of all sorts regarding the chaplaincy including history, collecting and education.

DA PAM 16-61Chaplains_Ministry_to_Hospital_Patients-1962In the Library are links or files for books and publications regarding or related to chaplaincy. There are also pictures of the covers of publications, mainly to show what has been published in the past and what is out there to find.

The Resources section (in the Library) will have samples of memorandums, prayers and sermon outlines. Feel free to use and adapt to help you as needed.

WW1_ChaplainIn the sections “Chaplains,” “Chapels” and “Schools” you’ll find pictures from throughout the history of chaplaincy. Some of these are from my collection, but most are from various places and sources. Government pictures are copyright free, so usually don’t include credit. Other pictures will have the source mentioned if known. If you find a picture on this site that is still under copyright, please let me know so that I can correct it.

62-kit-3Under the Kits tab is information about, and pictures of, various chaplain kits used by chaplains in wars throughout United States and world history. While I’m not an expert by any means, I share what I know and hope that you will share with me additional information to supplement what I have.

Chaplain_Pay_doc-1875The “Misc” tab is a place to see chaplaincy memorabilia for curiosity and/or research. I’d love to be able to share some of your chaplain corps memorabilia here if you’re willing to share pictures with me.

If you have suggestions or ideas to help make The Chaplain Kit a better, more useful and user-friendly site, please let me know so this can become a valuable site for those seeking help and information on the chaplaincy.


So who’s behind this site? I’m Daryl Densford, an active duty Army chaplain with the rank of Major. I am currently the Chaplain Resource Manager at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (though this site is a personal endeavor and should not be considered an official military site). Here is my full military biography:


Chaplain Daryl DensfordChaplain Densford first entered the Army in 1988 as an enlisted Chaplain Assistant and served in the 4th Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. He returned to the Army as a Chaplain in January 2004 and has served as the Battalion Chaplain for 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 25th Signal Battalion, Camp Asalayah, Qatar; 3-159 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Illesheim, Germany and 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Chaplain Densford also served as the Brigade Chaplain for the 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the MP Regimental Chaplain and Ethics Instructor at the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood and the Brigade Chaplain for 501st Military Intelligence Brigade in Yongsan, South Korea. He is currently the Chaplain Resource Manager at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. His deployments include a 13 month tour in Iraq with 3-159 ARB and a 12 month tour in Qatar and Afghanistan with 25th Signal BN.

Chaplain Densford entered the Army as a Chaplain after about 15 years of civilian ministry in Ohio, Colorado and Upstate New York. He is endorsed by the Church of the Nazarene where he has served the majority of his ministry, though he has also ministered in various capacities in Wesleyan, Baptist (BGC), Lutheran (LCMS) and United Church of Christ (UCC) churches.

Chaplain Densford earned an Associate of Christian Education (ACE) and Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS) from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1995), a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) and Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York (2003 & 2014) and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO (2013). He is currently working on a D.Min (Chaplain Leadership track) at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.

His military education includes enlisted Basic Combat Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey (1988); the Chaplain Assistant Course at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey (1988); the Chaplain Officer Basic and Chaplain Captain Career Courses (2004 & 2010); the Cultural Awareness Training Course (Middle East Region) (2005); the Army Basic Instructor Course (2013), the Brigade Chaplain Functional Course (2015) and the Command & General Staff Officers Course (2016).

Chaplain Densford’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4 Device), NATO Medal (Afghanistan), and the Cold War Service Certificate.

Chaplain Densford is married and has five children.



Photo Credits:

Took kit:  http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/old-fashioned-toolbox-34266/

Chaplain kit: A World War Two Protestant Chaplain Kit (from the author’s collection)

Newspaper: http://interlaw.org/legal-expertise/member-news/attachment/newspaper/

  1. CH (MAJ) Tracy Hudgins

    Hello, I can we submit items for your consideration. I have a worship bulletin from 1947 / Fort Hamilton NY (PDF / clean)

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  2. I have a large ww2 chaplains collection that you might be able to use if you like. I can send some photos and if your interested in something I can send more detales.


  3. Hello, I am working on a project about Jewish American servicemen and women in WWII, including Rabbi Chaplains. You have some very interesting photos that don’t have source notes that I would like to follow up on, and also see what else you may have in your collection. Thank you!


  4. Hi, For your film section I play the Chaplain in Fury in two Lobby cards. https://www.starnow.co.uk/christopherw33618/photos/6202523/


  5. Chaplain Densforth,
    I’m just beginning a process of looking into Military Chaplaincy from a civilian ministry background. I found Chaplain McCary’s podcast and your page here very helpful to get a sense for what chaplain life and ministry is like. Thank you for the info and your service!
    Is there a vehicle for someone in my position to connect with Chaplains and simply talk as I consider this potential move?


    • Hello,

      I’m glad that you found something on The Chaplain Kit helpful!

      To make contact with chaplains, you could go through a nearby military post. Most chaplains would be willing to sit down with you. If you’re looking at National Guard or Reserve chaplaincy, those chaplains are sometimes harder to find since they are not full-time.

      The Chaplain branch has specific recruiters. Going into the military recruiting station in town won’t get you much information. You can find the chaplain recruiter that services your area by going to http://www.goarmy.com/chaplain/corps-career-jobs.html.

      Another option is to go through your denomination (or another) and talk to their chaplain endorser. They are often very experienced in military chaplaincy and also up-to-date on current requirements.

      I hope this helps!



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