RFI Welcomes Lieutenant Commander Andrew Hoyle as Chaplain Fellow

February 9, 2024, Washington, D.C. – The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is pleased to welcome Lieutenant Commander Andrew P. Hoyle as a Chaplain Fellow as part of its military chaplains fellowship program.

“We are delighted to have Chaplain Hoyle on our team,” said RFI President Eric Patterson. “Military chaplains have a critical mission at home and abroad, and we are honored to support such dedicated public servants and spiritual counselors as Chaplain Hoyle.”

Chaplain Hoyle is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Carter School, George Mason University, as part of the USN Chaplain Corps Advanced Education Program. 

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, he was commissioned in the Navy Chaplain Corps in 2013. Prior to his current assignment, he served at the Surface Force Ministry Center, Naval Station Norfolk, where he deployed in support of Operation Active Endeavor, NATO’s Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG-2) counter-piracy operation in the Mediterranean. He was then assigned to First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA, where he served as Battalion Chaplain for 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division and deployed with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Following his assignment with First Marine Division, he was assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Base National Capital Region (BNCR) and Headquarters, Washington D.C. as BNCR Command Chaplain. 

Chaplain Hoyle earned Bachelor’s degrees from Ambassador Baptist College and Maranatha Baptist University, a Master of Divinity from Tabernacle Baptist Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Maranatha Baptist Seminary.

The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) works to secure religious freedom for everyone, everywhere. RFI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C.

Media Contact: Nathan Berkeley