Chaplain David Hill (left) and Trooper Austin Brown.

David Hill, a GARBC chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction for the 133rd Trooper Recruit School graduation ceremony of the Michigan State Police held in Lansing Nov. 30. David serves as the chaplain for the Lapeer post and has been a Michigan State Police chaplain for more than 20 years. The distinguished guests for the ceremony included Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

The 133rd class began June 4 and was the largest class since 2000. Among the 127 troopers sworn in was Austin Brown, son of Manning and Jennifer Brown. Rev. Manning Brown is the director and endorser for Regular Baptist Chaplaincy.

Austin Brown and David Hill met in 2015, when Austin was in the early stages of the trooper application process. “It was such a blessing to have Chaplain Hill encourage Austin during that time,” Manning says. “The selection process is very competitive. And the really great part is that Chaplain Hill was able to minister to Austin and all the recruits, having regular access to them during the arduous six-month-long academy. This is a prime example of how our chaplains are there, ready to minister in any environment.”

In addition to David Hill, Regular Baptist Chaplaincy endorses another Michigan State Police chaplain, Timothy Decker, who is the assigned to the post in Lakeview.

Regular Baptist Chaplaincy endorses nearly 90 chaplains, serving in the military and institutional and community service environments. Find out more at