Chaplain Jeffrey Plummer enlisted in the Navy and served onboard the USS NIMITZ as a photographer’s mate (1978-1981), and Great Lakes Training Center (1981-1982). During the remainder of the 1980s he managed the photo lab at a privately owned mapping firm in northern Virginia.
In 1990 he entered Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree majoring in religious studies.
He received a master of divinity degree at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in 1997, and was ordained and called to serve a small congregational in rural Virginia. During his years at college and seminary he served in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a Storekeeper. In 1999, he assessed into the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps and since served in Iceland (1999-2002); US Navy Seabees -NMCB 40 (2002-2005), which included two deployments in Okinawa; US Marines -MWSS 373 (2005-2007), which included a deployment in Iraq; Operational Ministry Center/Surface Force Ministry Center -San Diego (2007-2010), which included a WESTPAC cruise serving aboard three destroyers and a cruiser, and he volunteered to serve as an individual augment for more than 12 months with the Army in Iraq.
Plummer now serves as the 9th Coast Guard District Chaplain. His goal is to follow Jesus’ model of servant-leadership and always take care of people, treating everyone with respect and kindness.
He is a Superior native, the son of Larry Plummer, a former Superior firefighter now living in Mesa, Ariz., and Lu Leedahl who resides in Superior.
Plummer is based out of Cleveland, Ohio and serves as the unit’s chaplain.