Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben to speak in Rancho Santa Fe


How many women do you know who can claim two Legion of Merit Awards, a Bronze Star, receipt of the Meritorius Service Medal three times and the Navy Commendation Medal three times?

Then you will enjoy meeting Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains and Chief Chaplain of the Marine Corps. Kibben, is involved in many important issues of our military today, including matters such as: women in the military, the ever prevalent issue of PTSD in the active duty and veteran population, the integration of veterans into the civilian world, and the role of ethics and religion in the military. Kibben has said of herself, “I am the Chaplain of those with various religions, and those with no religion, I do not just represent Christianity.”

In this capacity, she has spoken on the front lines with many Americans in the most fearful of circumstances. You will not want to miss hearing her insights into these and other issues as she discusses them with Rev. Jack Baca at the Village Church in RSF on May 7 at the next Viewpoints event. Viewpoints is co-presented by The Village Church and the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation.

Kibben received both her Masters of Divinity and her Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as a Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and holds a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

Kibben entered active duty in the United States Navy in 1986 and has enjoyed assignments with the Marines at Quantico and Camp Lejeune and with the Navy at the Naval Academy, the USS San Diego (AFS-6), and the U.S. Third Fleet in San Diego. In 2006, she deployed as the Command Chaplain, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan. In her present assignment to the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, she has served as the Director for Force Structure and Community Management, prior to her current role as the Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains and the Chaplain of the Marine Corps.

Please join Viewpoints and Rear Admiral Kibben in the Fellowship Center at the Village Church on Tuesday, May 7. The evening will begin with wine and light hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m. The discussion will be held from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and will include time for audience questions. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged and may be purchased either on-line at or by calling 858-381-8070.

The goal of the Viewpoints lecture series is to inform, inspire and impact by providing a forum in which individuals, renown in their field, share their knowledge, wisdom and insight with members of our community.