The Reverend, Doctor JEFFREY G GUILD
Jeffrey “Jeff” Guild is from New Jersey, where his family had been active in the local Presbyterian Church. It was through this community of faith that Jeff became a Christian and experienced a calling to the ministry at the age of 13. During his teen years, he was inspired to become a military chaplain by a Navy chaplain who was a close family friend. Jeff attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, (BA) Princeton Theological Seminary (M.DIV) and Oblate School of Theology, (D.Min).
Ordination was in 1978 when he was called to the Church of the Covenant in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1981, Jeff was accepted into the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. In 1981, he was called to the Milford and Holland Presbyterian Churches, N.J. It was at this time he received his commission in the Air Force Reserves and attached to McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
In October 1984, Jeff received active duty orders to Vance Air Force, Oklahoma where he served as the Base Protestant Chaplain. He had responsibility for the Protestant program and the pastoral care of 600 pilot-trainees.
In April 1987, Jeff moved his family to London, England where he served as the Protestant Chaplain at High Wycombe Air Station. He had the pastoral care of military members from all branches of the Department of Defense and their families. His “parish” covered the entire southeast area of Great Britain.
Jeff and family returned to the United States in July 1991 with an assignment to Griffiss Air Force Base, New York. Following that assignment, Jeff was sent to the Air Force CPE program at Wilford Hall Regional Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, where he trained in crisis and trauma ministry, as well as alcohol rehabilitation. Jeff was then assigned to Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea in 1995 where he was responsible for the Protestant religious program.
In 1997 Jeff received an assignment to Altus Air Force Base, O.K. to lead the Protestant program. In 1999 he went to be the senior chaplain at McConnell Air Force Base, KS. He deployed to Qatar in December 2001 and traveled into Pakistan and Afghanistan on pastoral care missions. It was then off to Ramstein Air Base, Germany in 2002 where Jeff served in the Air Force European Command Chaplain’s office with responsibilities for the chaplain personnel program.
From Germany, Jeff was assigned back to Korea where he supervised a pastoral staff of 6 chaplains. From Korea, the Guild’s packed their bags for Hawaii, where Jeff served as deputy command chaplain, then as the command chaplain. He administered nine Pacific Air Force Base religious programs from Alaska to Antarctica.
After retiring from the United States Air Force in the rank of Colonel, Jeff was called to be the pastor of Bayshore Presbyterian Church, Tampa, Florida where he served until receiving Honorably Retired status in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was called to be the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Port Richey in September 2013. Jeff serves on the Church Commission for Vitality of the Tampa Bay Presbytery, Presbyterian Church, USA. His volunteer activities include working at the USO Hospitality Center at Tampa International Air Port, a member of the Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA) Tampa Chapter, and activities coordinator of the Tampa Bay Sea Kayakers.
Jeff is married to the former Gail Semkow of Flemington, N.J and they have three adult children, Anna Nordhagen of Omaha NE, Aaron of Tampa, FL, and Chris of Wichita Kansas where he serves in the Kansas Air National Guard. His hobbies include kayaking, woodworking and gardening. Jeff is a beginner piano student and likes to play his guitar.