Lieutenant Commander Christopher Sutton is a native of Houston, Texas. Chaplain Sutton was ordained as a Lutheran Minister at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Gulfport, MS on July 22, 2007. Before commissioning, Chaplain Sutton served as the Pastor for St. Matthew Lutheran Church for two years. During his tenure he oversaw the reconstruction and completion of the church’s fellowship hall that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.
In August 2009 Chaplain Sutton superseded to active duty from the Chaplain Candidate Program. He completed the Basic Navy Chaplain Course in the fall of 2009. In November of 2009 Chaplain Sutton reported aboard 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st MLG). During his tenure at 1st MLG he served as the Battalion Chaplain for 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Battalion 13 (CLB 13), and 1st Supply Battalion. In February 2011 Chaplain Sutton deployed with CLB 13 aboard the USS Comstock (LSD 45) to the 5th Fleet AOR. While forward deployed he earned the Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer pin. After returning home Chaplain Sutton was assigned as the Battalion Chaplain with 1st Supply Battalion. In May of 2012 Chaplain Sutton reported aboard Naval Mobile Construction Battalion SEVENTY FOUR (NMCB 74) in Gulfport, MS. In July 2012 Chaplain Sutton deployed to the PACOM AOR. In January of 2014, one year after returning home, Chaplain Sutton deployed again with NMCB 74 to the EURCOM, AFRICOM and CENTCOM AORs in support of each Combatant Commanders’ individual missions. Soon after returning from this deployment Chaplain Sutton reported aboard Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T. as the Staff Chaplain in August 2014. In October 2014 Chaplain Sutton was fleeted up to the Command Chaplain position in a supervisory role of a junior chaplain, military and civilian chapel staff. After one year with NSF Diego Garcia Chaplain Sutton returned to the CONUS and reported to Naval Air Station Kingsville in September 2015. While at NAS Kingsville Chaplain Sutton has led the Ministerial Alliance of Kingsville as their President for 2 years. As a result of his leadership the organization regained their non-profit status. Additionally, because of his volunteerism and community relations focus, the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce named Chaplain Sutton the 2016 Kingsville Citizen of the Year.
Chaplain Sutton is ecclesiastically endorsed for active duty through the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. He married to his wife, Christi, and they have two daughters, Katelyn and Arabella. Chaplain Sutton graduated from Concordia University Texas in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. He earned a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in 2007. In November 2016 Chaplain Sutton earned a Certificate in Mental Health Integration for Chaplains (MHICS) from the Veterans Administration, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. He earned a Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on counseling from Texas A&M University - Kingsville in August 2018. His Graduate Research Project emphasis was on soul repair after a moral injury.
Chaplain Sutton’s military decorations include: Navy / Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the National Defense Service Medal, two Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and Overseas Service Ribbon. He is designated as a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer.