1/25/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Captain Russel O. Gunter, retired Navy Chaplain serving on the National Association of Evangelical Chaplain's Commission, will speak on “Serving as a Military Chaplain” on Sat., Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. in Room 103 of Ashland Seminary’s Shultz Academic Building.
The lecture, sponsored by Ashland Theological Seminary, is free and open to the public.
Gunter was ordained with the Pentecostal Holiness Church in July of 1967; and, upon graduation from seminary (Candler School of Theology, Emory University), was commissioned as a Navy chaplain, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, in August 1977 and reported for duty in September 1977.
In Gunter's 22 years on active duty as a Navy chaplain, he has served with both Navy and Marine Corps units. His tours of duty include an initial assignment in USS CLEVELAND (LPD-7), during which time he deployed to the Western Pacific and a subsequent assignment at the National Naval Medical Center as a hospital chaplain. After an overseas assignment with the Naval Security Group, Rota, Spain, he worked as a staff chaplain in the office of the Navy Chief of Chaplains.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as Command Chaplain, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Alabama (secondary education). He earned a master of divinity degree from Emory University, and a master of theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (Religious Education).
Gunter's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (third award), the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the National Defense Medal.
Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world. ###