Lieutenant Commander Denise Wallingford, CHC, USN
Chaplain Denise Wallingford first enlisted in the Navy in May, 1980 and was then awarded an NROTC scholarship to the University of Mississippi. She graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor's degree in physics. Chaplain Wallingford resigned her commission in 1990 to attend seminary. After graduating Multnomah Biblical Seminary in 1993 with a Graduate Certificate in Bible and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies she spent time as a missionary in the Nazarene Church in Asahikawa, Hokkaido and the Fukuoka Jo Gakkuin, Japan. LCDR Wallingford returned to America and attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she earned a Master of Divinity in 2002. In 2003, she attended the Navy Chaplain Basic Course and reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. for 36 months. In 2006, Chaplain Wallingford received orders to the USS Theodore Roosevelt where she served as Command Religious Ministries Department Division officer and Principal Assistant when she deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She returned in April 2009 and reported to the U.S. Naval Academy in June 2009 to serve as 4th Battalion Chaplain.