Disaster Relief

Mission Statement

The mission of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana Disaster Relief, in cooperation with the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board Disaster Relief, is to train, credential and prepare Born Again Believers to respond in a lovingly Christ-like manner to people at home and around the world affected by a disastrous event and support their volunteer efforts by providing administrative, organizational or other resources necessary for their ministry to be successful.

The philosophy behind Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts has been summed up in the phrase, “A cup of cold water in Jesus name.” We are following the example of Jesus of Nazareth when He fed the 5,000 and the 4,000, and His teachings in the parable of the Good Samaritan and Matthew 25:32-46.

Southern Baptist disaster relief is Christian love in action, meeting urgent needs of hurting humanity in crisis situations. Disaster response is meeting those needs with loving care and timely response as James 2:15-16 instructs us. There is no hidden agenda or ulterior motive.


Regional Contacts

Region 1
George Fox

Region 2
George Fox

Region 3
Joe Fox

Region 4
Denny Smith

Region 5
Rodney Ebright

DR Chaplaincy
Bruce Reynolds


Disaster Relief (DR) training are for individuals who are at least 18 years of age. Anyone in the state can go to any of the Orientations. They are not limited to people who reside in the region.

ALL DR VOLUNTEERS are required to have a DR background check and up-to-date DR Photo ID according to FEMA regulations. Also, if your orientation is over 3 years old (including intro to SBC Disaster Relief) you MUST be recertified according to NAMB requirements.

DATES 2021



8:00 A.M. Registration
8:30 A.M. Orientation
*Specific details of times will be posted closer to the date of each training.

AREAS OFFERED: New Volunteers and recertification of previously trained DR Volunteers. Orientation to SBC Disaster Relief including mud-out, shower unit, command center, feeding & chainsaw.


New volunteer: $40 Price includes DR Background Check, DR Hat, DR Photo ID & Lanyard
Recertification: $25 Price includes DR Background Check & DR Photo ID

All SCBI Training and Ministry Events scheduled through May 15 have been canceled.