Hal Scott, PhD, BCC

Commander, US Navy Chaplain

Professor of Military Ministry
Military & Veteran Health Specialist
International Experience: Africa, Haiti, South America, USA




  • Doctor of Philosophy, New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Master of Business Administration, Military Administration, Trident University International, Cypress, CA
  • Master of Divinity, Ministry/Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
  • Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Development/English, Southwest Texas State University,

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Jesus and the Sabbath : an Investigation of the Sabbath in Jewish literature from 200 B.C. to A.D. 100 and its Impact upon the Ministry of Jesus  

Pastoral Care Project

  • Using Just War Theory as a Means to Mitigate Moral Injury  

Bachelor's Thesis

  • Analysis of Participative Management Principles Found in Academic Organizational Communication Literature : Southern Baptist Religious Publications, and Large Southern Baptist churches in Central Texas

Additional Training

  • Clinical Pastoral Education, 4 units (1600+ hours), Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • Joint Operational Level Planning, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
  • Strategy & Policy, Joint Maritime Operations, National Security Decision Making, Naval War College, Newport, RI
  • Graduate courses, University of Texas-Arlington, Arlington, TX
  • Graduate courses, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Certifications and Continuing Education

  • Board Certified Chaplain, National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains
  • Certificate in College Teaching, Tidewater Consortium of Colleges and Universities
  • Strategic Leadership and Management for Senior Chaplains, Naval Chaplains School
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming; Master Practitioner, Trainer, Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
  • Chaplaincy and Working with an Aging Population, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Internal Review Board Research Ethics, 20 modules,  Collaborative Institute Training Initiative
  • Outcome Oriented Chaplaincy, BUMED Symposium
  • Professional Chaplaincy and Palliative Care, BUMED Symposium
  • Evidence Based Practices, 2 day workshop with TriService Nursing Research Program
  • Team Steps/Quality Control Training
  • High Reliability Organization
  • Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Awareness Training
  • Privacy Act and HIPPA Operations Training
  • Navy Chaplain Corps Professional Development and Training Courses
  • Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program Facilitator
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator Training
  • Taylor Johnson Temperament Analysis Training
  • Suicide in the Military, Menninger Clinic
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Supervisors
  • Prejudice and Discrimination Course
  • Counterintelligence Awareness and Reporting
  • Operational Risk Management-Time-Critical Risk Management
  • Antiterrorism Level I Awareness Training for Service Members/Government Civilians
  • Safety Orientation for Supervisors


Teaching Specializations

  • Military Ministry
  • PTSD and Trauma among Military and Their Families
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Trauma Support Groups
  • Pastoral Care of Military and Their Families


Academic Experiences

  • Command Chaplain/Ethics Instructor, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
  • Senior Supervisory Chaplain, Oversight of Certifying Pastoral Services for Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


Military Experiences

  • Regional Chaplain, Navy Medicine East (NME) Region, US Navy (oversees 22 NME Region Medical Treatment Facilities from Eastern US to the Horn of Africa -- consisting of a 75 member multi-faith Religious Ministry Team.)
  • Chaplain Assigned to Military Sexual Trauma and Combat Trauma Clinic, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • Director of Pastoral Care, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
  • Command Chaplain/Strike Group Chaplain, Aircraft Carrer USS CARL VINSON, Newport News, VA / San Diego, CA
  • Deputy Supervisory Chaplain, Fleet Forces and Joint Forces Command, Submarine Forces Command Chaplain, Norfolk, VA
  • Religious Ministry Doctrine Writer, US Navy Chaplain Corps, Navy Warfare Development Command, Newport, RI
  • Command Chaplain, Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Djibouti, Africa
  • Deputy Command Chaplain, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, CA
  • Command Chaplain, US Marine Corps F-18, C-120, Logistic Squadrons, Marine Aircraft Group 11, San Diego, CA
  • Staff Chaplain, Naval Air Station North Island, Coronado, CA
  • Chaplain, Aircraft Carrier USS KITTY HAWK, Philadelphia, PA / San Diego, CA
  • Staff Chaplain, Destroyer Squadron Two, Norfolk, VA


Ministry Experiences

  • Provost, Jurisdiction of Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, Anglican Church of North America
  • Dean of Military Chaplaincy, Jurisdiction of Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, Anglican Church of North America
  • Pastor, Mt. Blanc Baptist Church, Oatmeal, TX
  • Minister to Single Young Adults, Interim Youth Minister, Minister of Education, First Baptist Church, Kyle, TX