Chaplain Jerome A. Hinson is a native of Sikeston, Missouri, and grew up in nearby Morehouse. An active Eagle Scout, he graduated from Sikeston Senior High School in 1981. In 1985, he graduated from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. He then attended the University of Missouri—Rolla, graduating in 1987 with a Master of Science degree in applied mathematics. Following a year of further studies in mathematics, he was called to study for orders in the Episcopal Church. He graduated from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, with a Masters of Divinity in 1991.
Following ordination to the priesthood, Father Hinson served as the assistant rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Springfield, Missouri, for three years. He then received a commission in the Navy Chaplain Corps in May 1994.
Chaplain Hinson’s operational assignments include: Submarine Squadron Seven, USS Lake Erie (CG-70), 3d Force Service Support Group, Brigade Service Support Group-3, 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Forces Central Command (Forward), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)/Carrier Strike Group 10, and U.S. Third Fleet.
Ashore he served at Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Marine Corps University’s Lejeune Leadership Institute, and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Executive Director of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board.
He is a graduate of the non-resident Marine Corps Command and Staff College and earned a Masters in Sacred Theology in Ethics from Boston University in 2004. In 2015 he graduated with distinction from the Naval War College, earning a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Chaplain Hinson has served on teams that have been awarded the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Navy “E” Ribbon.
He currently serves as the Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.