The National Chaplain


NABVETS National Chaplain
Bishop Leon McClain
“My Military Memories” (autobiography)

Bishop McClain was born in Franklin, Alabama (Monroe County). During his formative years growing up in Monroeville, Alabama he dreamed of becoming a professional soldier, travel and see the world, obtain an education and retire from the US Army. To pursue that dream he volunteered for military service and was then called to active duty in 1954. He proudly served in the United States Army for 21 years, and retired in 1975.

In 1959, while stationed at Ft. Lee Virginia, Bishop McClain accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

In 1960, while stationed in Wiesbaden Germany and attending services at an Air Force Chapel, Bishop McClain was called to preach the gospel.

After serving several tours of duty overseas, Bishop McClain returned to the United States in 1973 and joined the South-end Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C., under the leadership of Reverend C.C. Ray, Pastor. He served as an ordained Deacon; preached his introductory sermon in 1976; and was ordained an Elder in 1977, under the leadership of Dr. C.R. Edward, Moderator of the Missionary Baptist Association, Fayetteville, N.C.

Bishop McClain has extensive education in theology and religion: He studied at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, N.C. and Campbell (College) University in Buies Creek, N.C., and graduated from Methodist (College) University, Fayetteville N.C. in 1979 with a B.A. Degree in World Religion and  minors in Psychology and Sociology.

Bishop McClain currently lives in Mount Holly, N.C. He is a member of Revival Tabernacle Church, Stanley, N.C., where Bishop Mayberry is Senior Pastor.  Bishop McClain is passionate about the power of faith to heal a wounded spirit, lift a broken heart, and light the way towards everlasting redemption and salvation.  Bishop McClain serves as the National Chaplain for the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS).

To contact Bishop McClain – email: or call (704) 301–0107.

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