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Biography of Chief of Chaplain Corps
Ch, Col John Murdoch

Ch Col John Murdoch

Chaplain Murdoch is one of three sons born to Pastor Henry and Emma Murdoch. After growing up in parsonages in Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York, he graduated from Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA in 1970 with Bachelor’s degrees in Religious Education and Sacred Music. He subsequently earned the Master of Arts degree from the California Graduate School of Theology and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Great Plains Baptist Divinity School. Two graduate schools have conferred the Doctor of Divinity degree on him: The Great Plains Baptist Divinity School of Sioux Falls, SD, in 1997, and the Shasta Bible College and Graduate School of Redding, CA, in 2007.

From 1969 to 1975 he served as Minister of Youth and Music first at First Baptist Church of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and then at First Baptist Church of Hackensack, New Jersey. He then pastored Third Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, from 1975 to 1983, and Bible Baptist Church in Peru, IN, from 1983 through 1996.

In 1971 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served briefly until he was honorably discharged due to his vision. God used this short tenure to place a particular burden on his heart for the chaplaincy ministry. In 1974 he was appointed as a chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Chaplain Murdoch served in this volunteer capacity in conjunction with his pastoral responsibilities. His responsibilities in the Civil Air Patrol increased as he served with the New Jersey, the Pennsylvania, and then the Indiana Wings. After having served as command chaplain for the Great Lakes Region, in 1993 he was named Deputy Chief of Chaplains. In 1996 he was appointed Civil Air Patrol’s Chief of the Chaplain Service and promoted to the rank of colonel. He was Chief Emeritus from 1998 to 2001 and served as a special assistant to the Chief of the CAP Chaplain Service from 2001 – 2011. In April of 2011 Chaplain Murdoch was once again appointed the Indiana Wing Chaplain. Along with his Wing duties, he was appointed as the Senior Advisor to the Chief of Chaplains in 2014. In 2017 Chaplain Murdoch was once again appointed as the Deputy Chief of Chaplains. In August 2019 he was once again appointed Chief of Chaplains.

Additionally, he has also served as a hospital chaplain in Philadelphia for 7 years and was appointed a chaplain for the Indiana State Police in 1991and the Howard County Sheriff’s Department in 2015.

Sensing that Chaplain Murdoch’s blend of ministry experiences had qualified him to move into the role of Director of Chaplaincy Ministries for the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, the Council of Eighteen invited him in 1997 to become the Director and to further develop and expand the Commission. In this capacity he was actively involved in the endorsing community in Washington, D.C., where he has served on the Executive Committees of both NCMAF (National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces) and ECVAC (Endorsers Conference on Veterans Affairs Chaplaincy). He was elected vice president of the Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America in 2002, and in 2004 was elected to a two-year term as president. In his role as Director of GARBC Chaplaincy Ministries he ministered to the needs of our chaplaincy families and communicated to the churches of our Fellowship the challenges of outreach through military, institutional, and community service chaplaincy. He retired on 30 June 2015 from this position.

Chaplain Murdoch and his wife, Hope, make their home in Kokomo, Indiana, and have four daughters: Jodi Lynn, Meredith (Mrs. Scott Micklo), April, and Kelly (Mrs. Jeff Paden). Their commissioning church is Bible Baptist Church of Kokomo.

 

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Chaplain Resources

Interested in becoming a part of the CAP Chaplain Corp?
Learn more about becoming a chaplain

Flight Time: Values for Living (CAPP 265-2)

CAP Chaplain Corps Online Library
Various documents and archived CD lessons dating back to 1972.

College Directors: Please download the Staff College Planning Guide for guidance on planning and conducting your college. View specific information on the education and training page.

2018 Chaplain Corps Staff Colleges

Region

Dates

Location

NCR
RMR
PCR
MER
SER
NER
GLR
SWR*

Are you submitting an application for appointment as a Chaplain (HC)? If so, please use the following application checklists to be sure all required documents are being submitted.

You may also contact your Wing Chaplain for assistance if you have any specific questions regarding appointment requirements.

Chaplain (HC) Application Checklist (Use when submitting CAPF 35).

If you are asked to support a military unit you must follow these guidelines: Military Support Guidelines.

Chaplain Specialty Track CAPP-221 Series
CAPP-221, Chaplain Specialty Track Study Guide.
CAPP-221A, Technician Level Course: The CAP Chaplain, The Squadron Chaplain.
CAPP-221B, Senior Level Course: Chaplains Helping Chaplains, The Group and Wing Chaplain.
CAPP-221C, Master Level Course: Chaplains Inspiring Chaplains, The Region Chaplain.

Please visit CAP University to complete the courses listed above.

CDI Resources

Interested in becoming a part of the CAP Chaplain Corp?
Learn more about becoming a CDI

Flight Time: Values for Living (CAPP 265-2)

CAP Chaplain Corps Online Library
Various documents and archived CD lessons dating back to 1972.

College Directors: Please download the Staff College Planning Guide for guidance on planning and conducting your college.

2018 Chaplain Corps Staff Colleges

Region

Dates

Location

NCR Date TBA Location TBA
RMR Date TBA Location TBA
PCR 16-19 April Camp Pendleton, CA
MER Date TBA Location TBA
SER* Date TBA Location TBA
NER 8-13 April JB McGuire, NJ
GLR 21-24 May Fort Custer CRTC, Battle Creek, MI
SWR* Date TBA Location TBA

Are you submitting an application for appointment as a CDI? If so, please use the following application checklists to be sure all required documents are being submitted.

You may also contact your Wing Chaplain for assistance if you have any specific questions regarding appointment requirements.

Character Development Instructor (CDI) Application Checklist (Use when submitting CAPF 35a).