I began this blog to focus specifically on my time “deployed” and away from home in other countries in service to God, the Church of the Nazarene, the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps, the U.S. Army and the United States. It’s important to remember, however, that anything I write or comment in this blog or others, is strictly my opinion and does not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone mentioned above.
With that said, here’s my “official” Army bio:
Chaplain Densford first entered the Army in 1988 as an enlisted Chaplain Assistant and served in the 4th Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. He returned to the Army as a Chaplain in January 2004 and has served as the Battalion Chaplain for 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky; 25th Signal Battalion, Camp Asalayah, Qatar; 3-159 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, Illesheim, Germany and 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Chaplain Densford also served as the Brigade Chaplain for the 1st Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and as the MP Regimental Chaplain and Ethics Instructor at the U.S. Army Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood. He is currently the Brigade Chaplain for 501st Military Intelligence Brigade in Yongsan, South Korea. In January 2017 he will report to Fort Leonard Wood to be the Chaplain Resource Manager. His deployments include a 13 month tour in Iraq with 3-159 ARB and a 12 month tour in Qatar and Afghanistan with 25th Signal BN.
Chaplain Densford entered the Army as a Chaplain after about 15 years of civilian ministry in Ohio, Colorado and Upstate New York. He is endorsed by the Church of the Nazarene where he has served the majority of his ministry, serving as the pastor of Churches of the Nazarene in Rome, NY (1995-1999) and Clifton Springs, NY (1999-2003). He also has ministered in various capacities in Wesleyan, Baptist (BGC), Lutheran (LCMS) and United Church of Christ (UCC) churches.
Chaplain Densford earned an Associate of Christian Education (ACE) and Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS) from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1995), a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) and Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York (2003 & 2014) and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO (2013). In March 2017 he will begin work on a D.Min at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
His military education includes enlisted Basic Combat Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey (1988); the Chaplain Assistant Course at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey (1988); the Chaplain Officer Basic and Chaplain Captain Career Courses (2004 & 2010) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; the Cultural Awareness Training Course (Middle East Region) (2005) and the Army Basic Instructor Course (2013). In August 2016 he will attend ILE-CC at Fort Belvoir, VA.
Chaplain Densford’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (2 OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Iraq Campaign Medal (2 Campaign Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (3 Device), NATO Medal (Afghanistan), and the Cold War Service Certificate.
Chaplain Densford is married to Holly and together they have five children: Jacob, Hannah, Jonathan, Julia and Heidi.