Helping Others in Times of Disaster

“ be ready for every good deed…Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” Titus 3:1b, 14

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is a hands-on ministry provided by trained members of local churches to those affected by disasters of every kind.  Our mission is to represent Jesus by bringing His help, healing, and hope to individuals and communities beset by the crisis, chaos, and confusion of natural and man-made calamity.

We currently have 65,000 trained volunteers in North America.  There are very few days of the year, if any, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is not active somewhere in the country and around the world.  Our ministries include mass feeding, flood, wind, and fire event clean-up, emotional and spiritual care, residential and church rebuild, water purification, and more.  This ministry is supported financially by Southern Baptist churches and the highly motivated volunteers who come from those churches.  The services provided by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief are an offering to God without charge to or discrimination against those who need them.

Why Train?

  • Because the Bible tells you to be prepared to minister
  • Because training is preparation
  • Because that’s what people who strive for excellence do
  • Because training keeps you sharp
  • Because our Disaster Relief partners depend on you staying sharp
  • Because training keeps you connected
  • Because training strengthens your integrity

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) mobilizes individuals and churches, along with their resources, to serve victims of disaster and share hope, help and Christ with them. Our Pennsylvania/South Jersey DR chapter is strong and active, with trained volunteers from every region of the BRN and immediate response experience that includes front-line ministry in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and other states.

God has done amazing things to help us prepare, equip and train for DR ministry. Through the diligent and hard work of volunteers and churches, several units are currently available for call-outs. Our ministry units include a feeding unit, a shower/laundry unit, several clean-up and recovery units, and a command and communications unit.

Please note that you must be 18 years old or older to train as a DR volunteer.

Do you have a heart for giving? Disaster Relief may be a place for you to use your gifts!

Downloadable Promotional Materials:

BRN West Training Promo pptx

Clarion DR Bulletin Insert

Clarion DR Poster 2017

Clarion Training promo pptx

Erie DR Bulletin Insert

Erie DR Poster

Erie Training promo pptx

Fombell DR Bulletin Insert

Fombell DR Poster

Fombell Training promo pptx

Greencastle DR Bulletin Insert

Greencastle DR Poster

Thompsontown Bulletin Insert

Thompsontown DR Poster

Thompsontown Training promo pptx


2017 Disaster Relief Training Opportunities

Cost: $35 New Volunteer, $15 Renewing Volunteer

(Register by clicking on the date and location you want to attend)

March 25, 2017 in Vorhees, NJ *Classroom Training Only *
Saturday 8am-4pm
Camden County: 2303 E Evesham Rd, Voorhees Township, NJ 08043 (map)

March 31 – April 1, 2017 in Greencastle, PA *Full Training *
Friday 6:00pm-9:30, Saturday 8am-4pm
Franklin County: 2377 Buchanan Trail W, Greencastle, PA 17225 (map)

April 28-29, 2017 in Thompsontown, PA *Full Training *
Friday 6:00pm-9:30, Saturday 8am-4pm
Juniata County: 269 Birch Dr, Thompsontown, PA 17094 (map)

May 5-6, 2017 in Clarion, PA *Full Training *
Friday 6:00pm-9:30, Saturday 8am-4pm
Clarion County: 114 Zion Road, Clarion, PA, 16214 (map)

May 19-20, 2017 in Fombell, PA *Full Training *
Friday 6:00pm-9:30pm, Saturday 8am-4pm
Beaver County: 1718 PA-588, Fombell, PA, 16123 (map)

 July 29, 2017 in Erie, PA *Classroom Training Only*
Saturday 8am-4pm
Erie County: Millcreek Community Church, 4444 Sterrettania Road, Erie, PA 16506 (map)


For more information, contact .

Criminal Background Checks:

Please note: Criminal Background checks must be completed before training.

It is now required that all trained volunteers have Criminal Background Checks before serving with SBDR.  The Background Checks must be renewed every three years to coincide with the same time as the SBDR badge renewal.  If a volunteer has a current Criminal Background Check through their church, please download a DR Clearance Verification form, and have it filled out by your church’s office staff and submit it to: Kenton Hunt, Baptist Convention PA/SJ, 4620 Fritchey Street, Harrisburg, PA 17109 or electronically by email to .

We have established an account with Protect My Ministry which allows volunteers to enter their own information.  The fee is $10.00 and is payable by credit card on the site. 

Click Here to go to Protect My Ministry

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To discover more about Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, visit NAMB’s website here.
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