Lyman Smith

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Captain Lyman M Smith, CHC, USN, Retired, serves as Director of the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

This appointment follows Chaplain Smith’s service as the Executive Director of the Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America from 2015 to 2017. Chaplain Smith also served as the Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Lanham, Maryland from 2013 to 2017.

Chaplain Smith served as a Navy chaplain for 23 years ministering to units of the Navy and Marine Corps both domestically, abroad, and at sea. He also served in the Navy Chief of Chaplains Office as the Director of Personnel, Director of Plans and Policy, and retired after his time as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains.

Chaplain Smith’s academic pursuits include doctoral level studies at the University of Florida in religion and politics with a focus on the influence of religious advocacy groups on DOD policy. Chaplain Smith also holds degrees in strategy and national security studies, divinity, religious education, public administration, and civil engineering.

Chaplain Smith is the author and/or co-author of several academic papers and a book chapter entitled “Exploring the Management of Religious Diversity within the U.S. Military.”

Chaplain Smith is married to Karen (nee Myers) and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The Smiths have four grown children and ten grandchildren.