The Witherspoon Award - 2013
Join us in congratulating this year’s Witherspoon Award Recipients, Chaplain Captain Robert W. Fry of the U.S. Army, Chaplain Lieutenant Joshua A. Sherwin of the U.S. Navy, and Chaplain Captain Mark Hunsinger of the U.S. Air Force. The award was given in conjunction with the celebration of the 73rd Anniversary of National Bible Week.
Each year the Witherspoon Award is given to three chaplains of the Armed Forces who demonstrate a unique commitment to Bible reading or encouraging Bible reading in a special way. The award is given to one chaplain from each of the branches of the Armed Forces (the Marines and Coast Guard are honored under the Navy branch).
The award is given in the name of the famous World War I and World War II chaplain Maurice Witherspoon. Chaplain Witherspoon served as a Trustee of the National Bible Association from 1946 until his death in 1978.
Chaplain Fry, U.S. Army
Chaplain Fry of the U.S. Army currently serves as Chaplain of the 5th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Chaplain Fry also serves as the Senior Pastor of the Morris Hill Gospel Congregation in Ft. Riley. Chaplain Fry has spent the past thirty years in ministry, working as a youth pastor, camp counselor and director, urban missionary, and senior pastor and addiction-recovery chaplain.
Chaplain Lieutenant Sherwin, U.S. Navy
Chaplain Lieutenant Sherwin of the U.S. Navy currently serves as the U.S. Naval Academy Chaplain Rabbi and 1st Battalion Chaplain. Chaplain Sherwin has served as the Battalion Chaplain for the Marines and Sailors of the Headquarters Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. With with the Headquarters Battalion, Chaplain Sherwin deployed three times to the Helmund Province of Afghanistan in support of the Jewish Holy days observance during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Chaplain Captain Hunsinger, U.S. Air Force
Chaplain Captain Hunsinger of the U.S. Air Force serves as chaplain for the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. He is also the unit chaplain for the 1st Operations Maintenance Group, the Tactical Air Control Party School, and the four Special Operations Squadron. He fulfills all general duties of a chaplain in worship, visitation, counseling, and advising leadership in both peacetime and deployed wartime settings. Prior to joining the Air Force, Chaplain Hunsinger served as a civilian pastor for fifteen years.