Chaplain Bob McDonald

Bob McDonald is an ordained and licensed minister endorsed and commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), North American Mission Board (NAMB), Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission. He is endorsed by the North American Mission Board as a public safety police chaplain and a disaster relief chaplain. Chaplain Bob has been involved in chaplaincy since September of 1992. Bob served as an associate pastor of a congregation and has held many other leadership positions through the years. He is ordained in Pastoral Ministries and as a Messianic Rabbi.

Bob and his wife Carol also are the founders and directors of Cry of Our Hearts Ministries, Inc. This ministry seeks to “care for those who need it most.” It started with unwed mothers and their babies and now includes anyone brought to our attention.

Chaplain Bob has certificates in: ICISF Critical Incident Stress Management, Suicide Prevention, FEMA, NIMS, and ICS. Compassionate Death Notifications, Officer Involved Shooting Debrief, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplaincy, Recovery and Assessment, Regional NAMB Chaplaincy Trainings, and SBC Leadership trainings. He also has Red Cross and Salvation Army trainings.

Chaplain Bob is a member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Bob is also affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board Chaplaincy Team, the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, the Southern Baptist Convention NAMB Disaster Relief, The Minnesota-Wisconsin Disaster relief team, the Illinois Baptist State Association, the Lake County Baptist Association, and the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Services.

Chaplain Bob has served during the Katrina disaster deployment. He has also served during the 2008 Reedsburg, Wisconsin floods and the 2011 Lake County, IL storm damage disaster. He served as the “Blue Cap” chaplaincy operations supervisor at both of these deployments.

Bob is married to Carol and they have raised 8 children. They have 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Bob has served as a hospital chaplain with Police Shomreem Ministries since 2000. He also serves as an on call chaplain at Vista and Condell Hospitals in Illinois and he is on the Condell Medical Center, Major Incident Chaplaincy Response Team.