Lieutenant Commander Benny Mathis, Jr.
Chaplain Mathis, a native of Calvin, Oklahoma, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 1991. He attended Basic Training in San Diego, CA; Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton; and Basic Radio Operator Course at 29 Palms, CA.
From May 1992 to September 1994, PFC Mathis served his first tour of duty at 8th MTBN, 2nd FSSG in Camp Lejeune, NC. There he advanced from PFC to LCPL and received an Honorable Discharge.
He became a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University in 1998 with a BA in Applied Ministries and then completed both a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001. After serving in a variety of ministries ranging from local churches, to college and to hospital ministries, Chaplain Mathis received a commission from the Navy as a LTJG in February 2005. He attended Naval Chaplains School Newport, RI from June 2005 through August 2005.
In August 2005, Chaplain Mathis reported to Destroyer Squadron Fourteen as the Squadron Chaplain and he ministered to 13 ships, their crew and families. He deployed twice: first in support of Neptune Warrior ‘06 and then in support of Counter Narco-Terrorism Operation.
Chaplain Mathis reported to 3d Marine Division in August 2007 and was assigned to the 12th Marine Regiment. From March to September 2008, he served as an IA to MCE-Kuwait where he was the OIC of the Patient Administration Tracking Team caring for our wounded and fallen warriors. During his time at 12th Marines, he deployed to 7 artillery exercises.
In September 2010, LT Mathis reported to MCB Hawaii. He led the most active and robust chapel in the USMC with 4 services, 20 ministry programs, and 8 contractors. He served as the acting base chaplain and was promoted to LCDR.
Chaplain Mathis reported to US Navy Hospital Okinawa in October 2013 to provide care to the patients and staff at USNHO, the largest military hospital in the western Pacific. While there he completed JPME1, Chaplain Intermediate Leadership Course and was board certified by two chaplain agencies. In December 2016, was transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego.
LCDR Mathis reported for duty as the Regimental Chaplain to the Fighting Fifth in March 2018.
LCDR Mathis is married to his lovely wife, Erin, and has four children: Benjamin (16 years old), Caleb (14 years old), Isaac (9 years old), Lily (3 year old), and Daniel (1 month).