Principal Assistant

Chaplain Jason DiPinto was born and raised near Fresno, California. He matriculated to Yale College and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2001. Following graduation, Chaplain DiPinto completed Officer Candidate School, Marine Corps Base Quantico, in August 2001 aspiring to become a Marine Judge Advocate and returned to Connecticut for legal studies. Before he could begin law school, he answered a call to ministry, and set aside his Marine commission to pursue a Master of Divinity. Chaplain DiPinto completed his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School in 2006. He was ordained as a minister in the Vineyard Church in 2007. He is endorsed by the Chaplains Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Chaplain DiPinto’s operational tours include ship’s chaplain, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD6) and USS Essex (LHD 2), with a hull-swap deployment to Sasebo, Japan. He was assigned to 2d Marine Division, deploying with 3d Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and later served as the Battalion Chaplain for 2d Assault Amphibian Battalion.

His ashore tours include Navy Recruiting Command as a Chaplain Programs Officer, where his area of responsibility included the Southwest of the United States and the Pacific Rim. He also served as command chaplain for U.S. Coast Guard District 11.

Chaplain DiPinto’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He received his Basic Parachutist Badge from Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, and is a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer..