The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


ELCA pastor heads Navy chaplains

After a lengthy confirmation process (see July, page 53), Rear Adm. A. Byron Holderby was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and promoted to Navy chief of chaplains July 31. He was presented his second star by Adm. Jay L. Johnson, chief of naval operations.

Holderby, a 1963 graduate of Lutheran Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., served a parish in Roanoke, Va., before becoming a Navy chaplain in 1967. Among his many assignments throughout the world, he served as command chaplain at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and as command chaplain, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

During the confirmation process, Holderby was acting Navy chief of chaplains. Before that he was deputy chief.


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