The Rt. Rev. George E. Packard

Bishop for the Armed Services, Healthcare and Prison Ministries

The Rev. George E. Packard received the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for his service with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. Upon graduation from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1974, he transferred his commission from the infantry to the Reserves as a chaplain.

Rev. Packard was Assistant Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, Rector of Christ Church in Martinsville, Virginia, and Rector of Grace Church, Hastings–on–Hudson, New York. Based on his inner–city experience as director of a social service agency in the Bronx, he completed a thesis for STM degree coursework in Psychiatry and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY.

Rev. Packard‘s unique experience as an ordinary soldier combined with pastoral sensitivity and organizational ability prompted the Army to direct his assignments from installation chaplain, to hospital chaplain, to an operational unit, to teaching at the Army Chaplain‘s School, to the mobilization of a Field Army in Egypt, and ultimately to the Pentagon during Desert Storm.

After the Gulf War, the Pentagon retained Rev. Packard for policy development in race relations, multi–cultural diversity, and grief–loss programs. In 1995, Rev. Packard was the staff officer for an inaugural visit to Russia which initiated the support of the chaplaincy in the Russian Army. Rev. Packard retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1996 (

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