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Charles M. Purinton Jr.

Wrong Charles M. Purinton Jr.?

Bridge Interim Minister

College Street Congregational Church

Employment History

  • Chaplain
    Vermont Army National Guard's 86th Brigade
  • Staff Chaplain
    86th Brigade
  • Ordained Minister
    United Church of Christ
  • Chaplain
    Vermont National Guard
  • Chaplain
    Task Force Saber


  • master of divinity
    Andover-Newton Theological School
  • master of strategic studies
    U.S. Army War College
34 Total References
Web References
Our staff and leaders | College Street Congregational Church, 16 Feb 2014 [cached]
Bridge Interim Minister, Charles M. Purinton, Jr. Charlie joined us in September, and is leading us through the final phases of the search and transition process. He continues 38 years of ordained ministry in the Vermont Conference, United Church of Christ, including Interim Pastorates, Sabbatical Interims, Co-Pastorates with his wife the Rev. Barbara Purinton, and a 30 year career as a Chaplain serving the Vermont Army National Guard (VTARNG).
Burlington Free Press - Local Stories, 19 Nov 2004 [cached]
Charles Purinton, staff chaplain for the 86th Brigade, had been scheduled to deploy with his daughter, but his orders were changed.He remains on alert status."It's probably better for my mom that we don't both leave at once," the daughter said.
"I've been wanting to travel around, but I don't know if I would have chosen to go to the Middle East at this time," she said.
ESSEX JUNCTION -- Vermont National ..., 26 Oct 2007 [cached]
ESSEX JUNCTION -- Vermont National Guard Chaplain Charles Purinton will lead the first discussion in Brownell Library's month-long "Our Vets in Focus" series.
Purinton, battalion chaplain for the 1-172nd Armor Battalion, was deployed with Task Force Saber to Camp Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005 and 2006.An ordained United Church of Christ minister, Purinton holds a master of divinity from Andover-Newton Theological School.He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College with a master of strategic studies.
Nov. 19: 7 p.m., "Listening to our Returning Vets," a panel moderated by Chaplain Charles Purinton.
Also, throughout November, Brownell Library is serving as a collection point for care package items to be sent by Have a Heart/Adopt a Soldier to soldiers in combat.
Rutland Herald: Rutland Vermont News & Information [cached]
Charlie Purinton, is the chaplain for Task Force Saber.In an e-mail from Camp Ar Ramadi he said his role is to "preach, teach, counsel, pray, and in as many ways as possible bring the presence of God to the soldier on the battlefield."
"Now that Caitlin's home, I feel a few years younger, that's lifted because she's here safe, but at the same time it intensifies my feelings missing Charlie.Now that's not split in two."
For "Chaplain Charlie" in Iraq, Christmas is already in full swing.He started Tuesday, offering one service each day through Christmas Day at different times to be sure that every soldier, with their varied shifts and rotations, has a chance to attend.
"I offer the opportunity to set aside some time for creative and positive reflection about the love of God and family, and the bonds of comrades in combat," he said.
He said that he plays a role in a larger effort of the leadership in the task force in caring for the soldiers, which he credits with high morale overall in the unit.
"Of course it matters what day it is or what happens, but time passes, grieving tempers joy, healing brings relief, challenges are met, and God gives us another dawn," he said.
As Charlie Purinton helps his fellow soldiers, his separation from his family at Christmas is difficult, but he copes through his faith."Personally, since I represent and symbolize the spiritual inspiration of the group, I am always praying in one form or another," he said.
Caitlin and Charlie were able to keep in touch and even visited frequently when Task Force Saber was passing through Kuwait on its way to Ramadi.
"Knowing that at least Charlie was closer to Caitlin than I was tempered by how hard it is to have a child away."
E-KIT 08-17-2011, 17 Aug 2011 [cached]
Charlie Purinton recently retired from his position as Chaplain with the Vermont Army National Guard. Charlie was awarded the Bronze Star for his service is Afghanistan and the Meritorious Service Medal for his military career. Congratulations to Charlie.
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