A native of Bonham, Texas, Rear Admiral Joseph David Stinson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University in 1972. He received a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1975 and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006.
Rear Adm. Stinson was commissioned a Chaplain in September 1979 and began training at the Naval Chaplains School, Newport, R.I. in January 1980 and he completed the Basic Course in February 1981. His first assignment as a chaplain was in Naval Reserve (NR) FRSA REL 101 in Quincy, Mass. Since then, Rear Adm. Stinson served a variety of assignments: Chaplain of Fleet Hospital 7 in Newport, R.I.; Commanding Officer of NR U.S. Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet REL 101; Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) RELSUP 106, a national unit of Selected Reserve Chaplains performing operational support to the USCG; Chaplain of VTU 401 in Kearney, N.J.; Chaplain of Military Sealift Command Atlantic in Norfolk; and Staff Chaplain for Fleet Support Center, Ft. Dix, N.J., a regional reserve command for Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. In 2001, he was assigned as chaplain in VTU 415 at Ft. Dix, serving as Commanding Officer of that unit for one year. In 2003, Rear Adm. Stinson became staff chaplain of Readiness Command Northeast in Newport, R.I., a regional reserve command covering the New England states, New York and New Jersey. In 2007, he was selected for Flag while serving as Deputy Regional Chaplain for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk where he supervised Selected Reserve Chaplains from North Carolina to Maine.
Rear Adm. Stinson became Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and Director of Religious Programs, Marine Forces Reserve on Oct. 1, 2007.
His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, USCG Achievement Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement and Commendation Medals, National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
In his civilian career, Rear Adm. Stinson is senior minister of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Glen Ridge, N.J.