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The Very Reverend Robert J. Belton is serving as Provost for the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy until June 2021. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Army Chaplains.

 

Fr. Rob was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army through the ROTC program at Florida Southern College in 2001. He received a B.A. in History the next day. He served four years on active duty in the Army Quartermaster Corps, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2002-2003. In 2005, he left active duty and attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.. He graduated with the MDiv in 2009 and then served as a pastor in Maine for two years in a nondenominational church. Simultaneously, he served as a chaplain in the New Hampshire Army National Guard. He was ordained a transitional Deacon in 2013 and a Priest in 2014.

 

Fr. Rob re-entered active duty in the Army in 2011, this time as a chaplain. He has served in the 82nd Airborne Division and Special Operations, including deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He returned to Gordon-Conwell for a Master of Theology in 2017, graduating a year later with a ThM in Christian Thought with a focus on world religions. He currently serves as the instructor for World Religions and Advisement at the US Army Chaplain Center and School in Columbia, South Carolina. He also serves as an assisting priest at St. Martin of Tours Anglican Parish, a chapel service on Fort Jackson. Fr. Rob will begin serving as the chaplain for 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in the summer of 2021.    

 

Fr. Rob is passionate about living out his priestly calling as an Army chaplain. He and his wife Meredith have been married twenty years and have four children: three daughters and one son.