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Force Chaplain Biography

Captain Mark R. Hendricks
Force Chaplain, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

Mark Randal Hendricks was born and raised, the son of a minister, in the state of Florida.

Chaplain Hendricks was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve, Chaplain Candidate program in May, 1987 and attended initial Navy Chaplain Basic course training in July of that same year.

Ordained a Southern Baptist minister in October, 1981, he entered active duty in August, 1991 and was assigned to USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40) in Charleston, SC until his following assignment to Marine Corps Base, Hawaii in the Fall of 1994 where he served as the base chapel pastor.

In October 1997, Chaplain Hendricks was assigned as the battalion chaplain to First Battalion, Third Marines with whom he deployed to Japan and Korea.  For his work and ministry with these Marines, the Chaplain of the Marine Corps nominated him for, and was awarded, the Military Chaplains Association, Distinguished Service award as Marine Corps Chaplain of the Year in 1999.  He was then assigned to the Marine Corps Aviation Support Element, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he served as Command Chaplain for five helicopter squadrons.

From 2000 – 2001, Chaplain Hendricks attended Princeton Theological Seminary and was subsequently assigned to the Navy Chief of Chaplains Office, as Branch Head for Policy and then as Deputy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. 

In 2004, Chaplain Hendricks attended the United States Marine Corps, Command and Staff College in Quantico with a following assignment as Command Chaplain on USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) in Norfolk, Virginia.  While he was aboard, SAIPAN conducted numerous deployments to the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean region in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chaplain Hendricks served as Chaplain Corps Assignment Officer for Commanders and below from 2007 – 2009 and then was assigned as Command Chaplain for ISAF’s Combined Security Transition Command, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Here he was Principal Mentor to the Afghan Army Director for Religious and Cultural Affairs.  Subsequently he was assigned as US Navy Chaplain Corps Officer Community Manager and  then as the Branch Head for Navy Chaplain Corps Personnel Distribution, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN.  From there he was assigned as the Force Chaplain for U.S. Marine Forces Command, Norfolk and currently he serves as the Force Chaplain for U. S. Marine Forces Pacific in Honolulu, HI.

He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College and received his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Masters of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.  His personal awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (4 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.