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Instructor profile for Chaplain, Col. George Youstra

George Youstra


  • Doctor of Ministry, Erskine Seminary (ABD)
  • M.S. Strategic Studies, Air War College
  • Post-graduate Studies in Character and Leadership Development Theory, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • M.Div., Anderson University School of Theology
  • B.S. Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University


  • Military Chaplain and personal advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and to the Commander of the United States Special Operations Command
  • Army Green Beret
  • Senior Pastor, Brighton Chapel
  • Director of Recruitment, Clearwater Christian College
  • Educator in public and private education, both faculty and administration


Retired U.S. Air Force Col. George Youstra, Chaplain, has served his country in a variety of leadership, teaching and counseling capacities, including chaplain to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Chaplain Youstra has also been principal and staff advisor to the Commander of the United States Special Operations Command in the areas of morale, ethics and spirituality; senior chaplain serving at the national strategic level; and has overseen and provided guidance to all United States Special Operations Command religious support teams.

Chaplain Youstra was the Chief of the Leadership Division, Center for Character Development, at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has also deployed in support of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Chaplain Youstra was born in Greenville, South Carolina, where he graduated from Bob Jones University with a bachelor of science in Social Studies Education in 1982. He holds a master of divinity degree and earned the master of strategic studies degree from the Air War College. Chaplain Youstra is an ordained minister, published author and in-demand speaker.

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George Youstra provides executive coaching and invaluable 1-day seminars on ethics and leadership. Find out how you can use his training to transform your organization!

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