Chaplain of the Marine Corps

RDML Gregory N. Todd, CHC, USN

Chaplain of the Marine Corps; Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains


Gregory N. Todd, a native of Seattle, Washington, is a 1984 graduate of Concordia College in Portland, Oregon receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology and education. Chaplain Todd’s graduate studies were at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri resulting in a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained a minister in the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in 1988. In 2009, Chaplain Todd received the Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

Chaplain Todd was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1986 later serving as chaplain for Marine Corps Reserve units as well as a civilian pastor for congregations in Illinois. In 1994 Chaplain Todd was ordered to active duty and served as a chaplain at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, CA, from 1994-1996, and then as command chaplain aboard the USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) from 1996-1998, deploying to the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific for counter-narcotics operations.

From July 1998 to October 2002, he was the chaplain for U.S. Coast Guard Activities, N.Y. While serving in New York, Chaplain Todd was the first Navy chaplain ministering at “Ground Zero” following the attacks on the World Trade Center and hosted the Coast Guard Chaplain Emergency Response Team providing ministry to emergency workers and civilians. Chaplain Todd was also part of the response teams following the crashes of Egypt Air 990 and American Airlines 586.

In December 2002, Chaplain Todd reported to the Second Force Service Support Group (FSSG), Camp Lejeune, N.C. and deployed with Forward Battalion, 2d FSSG to Kuwait in preparation for operations in Iraq. In 2004, he deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to Afghanistan. He reported in May 2005 to serve as the Officer-in-Charge of the Marine Corps Chaplain and Religious Program Specialist Expeditionary Skills Training, Camp Johnson, N.C., until October 2008. After attending the Senior Supervisory Chaplain Course, Chaplain Todd reported to USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in December 2009 as the command chaplain.

In July 2010, he assumed duty as chaplain for the 2d Marine Logistics Group (MLG), Camp Lejeune, N.C., leading transition and support ministries for Marines and Sailors deploying and redeploying from Afghanistan. He led the team of chaplains in support of Decompression Programs for Explosive Ordinance Division Marines in Ramstein, Germany. He detached from 2D MLG in February 2013 and reported to II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) as Force Chaplain managing the II MEF Command Religious Program for over 50,000 Marines, Sailors, and their families. He detached from II MEF in June 2014 to assume the duties as the 10th Chaplain of the U.S. Coast Guard.  During his tenure, Chaplain Todd developed the Coast Guard Auxiliary Clergy Support Program, linking volunteer civilian religious providers with Navy chaplains in support of Coast Guard members and their families.  In June 2018, Chaplain Todd reported as the 20th Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains.

Chaplain Todd has received the Legion of Merit Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and the Combat Action Ribbon. Chaplain Todd was also awarded the Department of Transportation 9/11 Medal for his ministry in New York following the attacks of September 11th.

Chaplain Todd’s qualifications include Master Training Specialist and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer.


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