From Ch (Lt Col) Scott Nupson, USAF 70th ISR Wing, Fort Meade, MD, in the AGC Newsletter: 

“As Ellen and I conclude 25 years of Military ministry, my heart overflows with gratitude for our Lord’s overwhelming goodness and grace. Ellen has been my steadfast partner since day one, passionately joining me in serving our Military members and their families. Our children have walked alongside us in Military ministry, maturing in their faith, and pursuing God’s calling as adults. Words fail to adequately express my gratitude for the privilege of serving as a USAF Chaplain. The blessings we’ve experienced have far exceeded any expectations I held. Every day, God has sent individuals into my path, affording me the privilege to minister to them and share the enduring hope of the Gospel. I pray for all our AGC Chaplains, along with their spouses and children, trusting in God’s power to work through them to impact the lives of those they serve for Christ’s sake.”


Ch (Lt Col) Scott Nupson completed his Master of Divinity at Central in 1996 and was a fully qualified candidate for the Air Force Chaplain School. Scott is endorsed as a chaplain by the Associated Gospel Churches. Scott has a number of Central Seminary family connections with his nephew, Tyler Nupson, currently pursuing a Master of Divinity student at Central, and father-in-law, Dr. Gordon Hanson, brother-in-law, Larry Johnson (Pastor at Grace Baptist, Mankato), and nephews Nathan and Jason Johnson all graduates of Central.


After 25 years of faithful service to the Lord through the Air Force Chaplain Corps in the United States Air Force; Chaplain, Lt Col Scott Nupson begins a new chapter of his life in retirement where he plans to spend more time with his family and volunteer at his church. His retirement bio is as follows:

“Chaplain Scott P. Nupson boasts a commendable 25-year tenure as a military chaplain, having been commissioned into service in 1999. He is an ordained Baptist minister endorsed by the Associated Gospel Churches Chaplaincy and has worked full-time in ministry for 31 years.

His career journey began in Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota where he served from 1999 to 2002, followed by a stint at Kadena Air Base, Japan, from 2002 to 2005, with a deployment to the Philippines during this assignment.

Subsequently, he returned stateside to Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, serving from 2005 to 2009, including a deployment to Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. From 2009 to 2014, he assumed the role of Deputy Wing Chaplain at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, deploying to the U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. His journey continued with an assignment at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base from 2014 to 2015, followed by serving as the Wing Chaplain at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, from 2015 to 2018. Transitioning to the Defense Intelligence Agency at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., he served from 2018 to 2020, followed by a brief tour in Korea from 2020 to 2021 as the Wing Chaplain at Kunsan Air Base,. Currently, Chaplain Nupson serves as the Wing Chaplain for the 70th ISR Wing at Fort George G. Meade, in Maryland.

Chaplain Nupson’s exemplary service has been recognized with personal decorations including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, and various other unit and campaign awards.

Since 1987 Chaplain Nupson has been happily married to the former Ellen Hanson, and together they are blessed with four children: Kyle, Kelly, Kristen, and Kari. Additionally, they have an amazing daughter-in-law, Jozi, and two precious grandchildren: Pippa and Kit”

– Photo & Article: 70th ISRW Chapel on Facebook, May 13, 2024



A Family Journey of Faith and Service

Reflecting on his career, Nupson takes great joy knowing he has helped his fellow Airmen and strengthened them through faith and counseling.

“Being a chaplain is a neat opportunity and a great experience because faith and religion are where people get their spiritual resiliency,” said Nupson. “When that is suffering, and people haven’t exercised their spiritual health, that’s when their struggles and difficulties won’t soften”

I’m grateful that I can help people with their struggles, and provide the service with strong Airmen and families,” said Nupson.

By Eric Sharman, Air University Public Affairs / Published March 05, 2018, Maxwell Air Force Base