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Baseball Chapel has functioned for over 49 years as a service to those in professional baseball who desire to deepen their Christian faith, but who are unable to attend church. Our ministry is directed toward players, coaches, managers and their wives, umpires, front office and ballpark staff.
We are an international ministry recognized by Major and Minor League Baseball and take great care in appointing and overseeing team chapel leaders.
Chapel programs are established in every Major League, Minor League and Independent League city, beginning in spring training. Programs also exist throughout professional baseball in Latin America during both summer leagues and winter ball in addition to serving the academies.
Approximately 4,000 players, coaches, managers, trainers, umpires, team staff, stadium personnel and families of the players and coaches participate each week.
DOES BASEBALL CHAPEL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE MEDIA?
We do not seek publicity for the ministry and strive to protect the privacy of all baseball personnel attending chapel. Therefore, it is the policy of Baseball Chapel not to allow members of the media or any type of recording device, such as cameras and video or audio recorders in any chapel service or bible study.HOW AND WHEN DID BASEBALL CHAPEL ORIGINATE?
As early as 1956, Clyde King provided chapel services for teams he managed in the minor leagues and then in the major leagues. In the early 1960's, players from the Cubs and Twins initiated chapel services when they were on road trips. In 1973, Watson Spoelstra, a Detroit sportswriter, approached Commissioner Bowie Kuhn with the idea of organizing a chapel program for every major league team. Kuhn granted approval and Baseball Chapel was officially created in 1974.WHOM DOES BASEBALL CHAPEL SERVE?
Baseball Chapel is a non-denominational Christian ministry committed to the spiritual development of people throughout professional baseball. Although we hold to Christian beliefs, we seek to minister to baseball players regardless of their religious beliefs. Our desire is to encourage baseball people through the message of Jesus Christ, so that they would understand the importance of following Him.WHAT DOES BASEBALL CHAPEL BELIEVE?
As a Christian ministry we adhere to beliefs that are consistent with Christian doctrine as evidenced in the creeds of the Christian faith. Our statement of faith is intended to accurately reflect the truths of Scripture we believe have been accepted by followers of Jesus Christ from the time He walked the earth. It includes the dogmatic beliefs of the church, specifically centering on the Triune God and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ alone.