THE REVEREND JEROME A. HINSON
CAPTAIN, CHAPLAIN CORPS, UNITED STATES NAVY, RETIRED
Father Hinson was born in Sikeston, Missouri and grew up in nearby Morehouse. In 1985, he
graduated from Knox College, Galesburg, IL with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. He
then attended the University of Missouri—Rolla, graduating in 1987 with a Master of Science
degree in applied mathematics. Following a year of further studies in mathematics, he was
called to study for orders in the Episcopal Church. He graduated from Seabury-Western
Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL with a Master of Divinity in 1991.
Following ordination to the Priesthood, Father Hinson served as Assistant Rector at Christ
Episcopal Church in Springfield, MO for three years. He then received a commission in the
Navy Chaplain Corps in May 1994.
Chaplain Hinson’s operational assignments included: COMSUBRON-7, USS LAKE ERIE
(CG-70), 3d Force Service Support Group, Brigade Service Support Group-3, 1st Marine Air
Wing, Marine Forces Central Command (Forward), USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-
75)/Carrier Strike Group 10, U.S. THIRD Fleet, NAVNORTH and JFMCC STRAT Chaplain.
During his operational assignments he made three combat deployments and numerous other non-
Ashore he served at Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Marine Corps University’s Lejeune
Leadership Institute, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Executive Director of the
Armed Forces Chaplains Board, as Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Deputy
Chaplain of the Marine Corps, and Chief of Staff for the Chief of Navy Chaplains.
He is a graduate of the non-resident Marine Corps Command and Staff College and earned a
Master in Sacred Theology in Ethics from Boston University in 2004. In 2015 he graduated with
distinction from the Naval War College, serving as his class president while earning a Master of
Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He was selected by the faculty as the top
strategic thinker in the class of over 200 and awarded the John J. D’Luhy prize in strategy.
Chaplain Hinson has served on teams that have been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the
Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon. His personal awards include the
Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Meritorious Service
Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the
Army Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).
In 2022 he was selected by his peers as the Chaplain John Craven Servant Leadership awardee.
He currently serves as the Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Leavenworth,
Kansas, with additional duty to the Bishop of Kansas as the New Episcopal Community Planter.
He and his wife Ruth are the proud parents of three adult children two of which are newly
married and one, an aspiring artist who is on the autism spectrum, lives with them.