Dare to Disciple
Leadership comes in all forms and sizes, but the
results are the same. Leaders influence behavior and make a difference in people’s lives.
Profiling leaders reveals a diverse combination of traits, but changing lives is a common theme.
Chaplain David Trogdon
David does not dress like most pastors, but as a Free Will Baptist pastor
in uniform, he is responsible for 5,000 soldiers and their family
members, the five-unit ministry teams of the 1st Aviation
Brigade, and 500 soldiers and family members at the
chapel where he pastors.
Chaplain Major Trogdon
has deployed to Kuwait and Iraq (twice), once with
combat engineers and once with EOD (explosive
ordinance disposal). He is stationed at Ft. Rucker, Alabama,
but currently at Ft. Gordon for a three-month
school in leadership to prepare him for the rank of
How does the son of an Indiana pastor end up a soldier
who pastors the heroes serving our country? David
felt God’s calling on his life at age 12. David preached his
first sermon at youth camp not long before joining the
Army. He served nine years before submitting to the call
on his life. He returned to FWBBC, and after graduating in
1991, he began to pastor Tippett’s Chapel FWB Church in
North Carolina. While pursing a Master of Divinity from
Southeastern Theological Seminary, he established connections
with other chaplain candidates who God used to call
David back to the military, this time in a new role.
David describes a chaplain as a “pastor in uniform” who
ministers to military families. David quickly gives credit to
his dad who helped him learn every facet of pastoring. David’s
goal is to do God’s will and says that 95% of a chaplain
job—or any ministry leader for that matter—is growing
deeper in love with God and your family. David is proud of
his kids and “perfect” grandkids.
David, you are a great leader!
More About David:
Describe your quiet time.
“I struggle like everyone but like to spend time with God before work when distractions begin. I combine reading of books and the Word.”
Describe your leadership style.
“I have coined the term C3 Leadership, where leadership includes character (being Christ like), caring (servant-style leadership), and competence (in what you learn and are called to do).”
Describe an ideal date for you and Connie.
“Dinner, a movie, and a walk—any time away from the computer or phone.”
What are the top three books you have ever read (other than the Bible)?
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
Slave: the Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ by John MacArthur
And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado
What’s your biggest failure?
“I have been very hard on myself through self-imposed perfectionism. The idea of perfect at work, even ministry, has taken me away from caring for my family. My ‘biggest guilt’ is being deployed during my daughter’s 16th year. As ministers, we may spend as much as 80-90 hours a week, and we will never be able to recapture family moments. We need boundaries. The Army can always send another chaplain, the church can get another pastor, but your children cannot get another dad.”
What is your one indulgence?
Starbucks: tall, strong coffee with cream.
Paper or Plastic Questions
Mountains or ocean? Mountains
Music or talk radio? Music
Coke or Pepsi? Diet Pepsi
Email or texting? Texting
Mac or PC? PC
David Trogdon, you are a great leader (and hero)!