I’m an Active Duty US Army chaplain, ordained and endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In my time in the Army, I have experience working in several ministry contexts, including three years of prison ministry. I’m currently an ACPE Certified Educator and Director of the CPE Program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC. The CPE Program at WRNMMC is a part of the US Army CPE System under the Insitute for Religious Leadership Graduate School for Spiritual Care. This bog is my work and does not represent the US Army, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, or the US Army Chaplain Corps.
My wife, Sara, is an ordained pastor serving Rolling Oaks Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and we have three kids.
Disclaimer: Nothing written on this site reflects the official views of the United States Army, the United States Army Chaplain Corps, or the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Several years ago I posted this sign on my door as a mark of my ministry. I continue the practice now. As a chaplain educator, I value transparency and truth in advertising. I want those who experience me as knowing who I am and what I’m about.
No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Really. I mean that.
Liberal, Conservative, Independent, and Apathetic.
Atheist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Agnostic, Pagan, Heathen, None-of-Those and None-at-All.
Seeing a theme here? If I left you out, know that I include you.
All orientations and genders.
Church-going, church-avoiding, and church what??
You are welcome here.
As your chaplain, I make you this promise:
I will not judge you.
I will not condemn you.
You are welcome into this Sacred and Safe space.
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Military and Civilian Biographies
For those interested, here are my current civilian and military biographies
CH (MAJ) Jonathan R. Fisher is a native of Reed City, Michigan. He holds a BA in Music and Theology, an MA and MDiv from Luther Rice Seminary, as well as a Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary. His Army education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic Course, Chaplain Career Course, and the Air Assault School. He is a clinical chaplain having graduated from the MEDCOM Clinical Pastoral Education program and is currently pursuing Certified Educator through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education at Brooke Army Medical Center. CH Fisher is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Before becoming an Army chaplain, CH Fisher served as an associate pastor, worship leader, and high school teacher in Georgia and New Jersey. CH Fisher was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard in September 2004 assigned to Joint Force Headquarters Atlanta, GA. In 2005, he was assigned to 2-121st Infantry Battalion, Fort Stewart, GA. He then deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom under the Third Infantry Division, Task Force Baghdad. He was mobilized again in the 188th Infantry Brigade, Ft. Stewart, GA in support of Operation Warrior Trainer. He served as an Observer, Controller, and Trainer with that unit on Ft. Stewart until he entered Active Service in February of 2008. He immediately deployed to Iraq again and served as the Battalion Chaplain for the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq. After returning to Hunter Army Airfield, he was reassigned to the 832nd Ordnance Battalion, at Redstone Arsenal, AL. He was then selected to attend the Clinical Pastoral Education course at Madigan Army Medical Center, Ft. Lewis, WA. Following his CPE residency, he was assigned to the 15th Military Police Brigade where he served as the staff chaplain at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility and the United States Disciplinary Barracks Fort Leavenworth, KS. After completing the Chaplain’s Career Course at Ft. Jackson, SC, CH Fisher was assigned to the 2-44 Air Defense Artillery Battalion on Ft. Campbell, KY where he deployed to Operation Inherent Resolve with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq. Upon returning, he became the brigade chaplain for the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Sustainment Brigade. CH Fisher was selected to attend the US Army Clinical Pastoral Educator Candidate School and became a Certified Educator in 2019. He has served as Director of the CPE Program at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio TX, founded the Center for Extended CPE at Ft. Jackson, SC distributing accredited CPE around the world to US Army chaplains, and now serves as the Director of CPE at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC.
In April of 2005, Jonathan married Sara Nave of Cedar Springs, Michigan. She is also an ordained minister and has served churches in South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, and now serves as senior minister University Christian Church, MD. The Fishers have three children, Sophia, Ransom, and Lennox and a little dog named Schuyler. They reside in Rockville, MD.
CH Fisher’s Awards include: the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), the Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), the Army Achievement Medal (1OLC), the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars, the Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Mobilization Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with the numeral 2, the Combat Action Badge and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (2OLC).
The Rev. Dr. Jonathan R. Fisher is an ACPE Certified Educator and director of the CPE program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC. He is currently an active-duty Army Chaplain, serving at the rank of Major. Jonathan has over 18 years of military chaplaincy experience on active duty and in the National Guard. His service includes 3 combat tours, a diverse collection of units both operational and training as well as completing a CPE residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA. In addition to his military service, he has served as an associate pastor, high school educator, and music minister.
Jonathan’s Doctor of Ministry (Erskine Theological Seminary) focused on ministry in a military prison. He completed it while assigned as staff chaplain to the Military Correctional Complex on Ft. Leavenworth, KS. His work included developing and teaching a course that resulted in a dramatic reduction of violence and recidivism at the MCC, which includes the Joint Regional Correctional Facility and United States Disciplinary Barracks, the DoD Maximum Security Prison. Jonathan received his MDiv from Luther Rice Seminary and also holds an MA in Ministry (LRS) and BA in Music and Theology (PCC).
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Good to see your still preaching….have you used any of the Bennett sermon notes?
Hello, I’ve enjoyed some of your posts and have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” Not sure how “official” it is, but it will surely be a little fun. For more information about it and the awards requirements see my blog where I was nominated: http://daryldensford.com/2012/12/08/very-inspiring-blogger-award/
Hello, Jon, from FCC, Hsv. We miss you and your family. I am proud to see your blog on GLAD Alliance’s site. I am proud of you. Prayers for you and my love to you and your family.
Hi, my name is David Bartlett and I’m in the US Navy’s chaplain candidate program and a commissioned officer through them. Currently I am a full time seminary student and youth pastor with FCC Corpus Christi. As of right now my endorser is not doc but I was looking for more info about that. If you wouldn’t mind contacting me that would be greatly appreciated.