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Chaplain (Major General) Douglas Lanier Carver, USA (born September 10, 1951) is a retired American Army officer who served as the 22nd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army.[1] He was appointed to this assignment on July 12, 2007 and was the first Southern Baptist chaplain to be promoted to the position of Chief of Chaplains in more than 50 years.[2][3]

Douglas Lanier Carver
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Major General Douglas Lanier Carver
22nd Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
Born (1951-09-10) September 10, 1951 (age 67)
Rome, Georgia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1973–2011
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
UnitArmy Reserve (1979-1984)
Commands heldU.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Battles/warsWar on Terror
Iraq War
AwardsU.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit (2)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal
SignatureDouglas L. Carver (signature).png



Carver holds theology degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1]

He was originally commissioned in the field artillery and served with the 4th Infantry Division as a company grade officer in various artillery positions. He left active duty, but served with the Army Reserve for five additional years.[1]

Upon returning to active duty in 1984, he attended the Chaplain Corps officer basic course and began his career in the chaplaincy. Before serving as Deputy Chief of Chaplains in September 2005, he was director of training at the Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was also a senior chaplain for V Corps and Combined Joint Task Force 7 in Germany and Iraq from 2002 through 2004.[1] In his current position as Director of Chaplaincy with the North American Mission Board (the endorsing agent for the Southern Baptist Convention), he is responsible for overseeing 2,700 chaplains around the world.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Tice, Jim (May 14, 2007). "New chief of chaplains nominated". The Army Times.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2008-01-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Military offices
Preceded by
Jerome A. Haberek
Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Donald L. Rutherford
Preceded by
David H. Hicks
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
2007 – 2011
Succeeded by
Donald L. Rutherford