Chaplain

Chaplain (COL) Jim Murphy

USA Retired, and wife Sandy

Jim Murphy is the associate endorser for Grace Churches International. A native of Springfield, PA, he was commissioned in 1988 as an infantry second lieutenant. He served with 2ND Battalion, 505TH Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, NC, conducting a peacekeeping tour in the Sinai Desert and taking part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm. In July 1991 he committed his life to Jesus Christ and shortly afterward felt God’s call to the Army Chaplain Corps. He left active duty to attend seminary and reentered active duty as a chaplain in 1996.

As a chaplain he has served with a variety of units including 1ST Battalion, 75TH Ranger Regiment, 2ND Brigade Combat Team, 82ND Airborne Division, 5TH Special Forces Group, Joint Special Operations Command, and the 101ST Airborne Division. He has served ten combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, has been senior pastor of six chapel services, and has led installation religious support on three of the Army’s five largest installations.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (3 OLC), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4 OLC), Combat and Expert Infantryman’s Badges, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Divinity from Regent University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 27 years and have three children. 

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