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Alan (Blues) Baker

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

DMin (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
MDiv (Fuller Theological Seminary)
BS (United States Naval Academy)


Alan T. “Blues” Baker is a deeply experienced chaplain also serving as a faith group supervisor of chaplain ministries. He endorses chaplains in health care, industrial, corporate, military, college, public safety, and correctional organizations throughout and beyond the United States. With extensive background in education, chaplaincy, and organizational development, he has over twenty years of international leadership in complex organizations. His public service culminated in the Presidential nomination and Senate appointment to Rear Admiral. Dr. Baker is the only graduate of Annapolis promoted to this rank as a chaplain. Following his uniformed chaplaincy, Alan was Executive Director of a 4,000-member, multi-campus church. He then established Strategic Foundations consulting with public, private, academic, and not-for-profit organizations as chaplain educator, catalyst, and strategist.

His previous chaplain experience includes military, college, and corporate chaplaincy. He teaches courses at the U.S. Naval Academy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. In 2014 he was appointed as Senior Fellow in the Naval Academy’s Vice Admiral Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.

He enjoys playing harmonica and is affectionately known by his nickname “Blues.” Alan and hiswife, Marla, live in Maryland and enjoy grandparenting and golf. You can read more about Alan here.

Alan received a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Annapolis.


Alan is the author of Foundations of Chaplaincy: A Practical Guide. This textbook was released by Eerdmans in February 2021 and serves as an approachable overview of the nature, purpose, and functional roles of chaplaincy.  You can find more information here.