The Revd Dr David Coulter CB OStJ QHC CF assumed the appointment of Chaplain General to HM Land Forces on 17 September 2014.
First Commissioned as a Cadetship Officer in the Royal Irish Rangers in the late 1970s he served mostly in 2 Royal Irish until 1985 when he left the Army to study for the Ministry of the Church of Scotland. Ordained in 1989 he re-enlisted and served as chaplain to The Queen’s Own Highlanders; The Royal Scots and as Senior Chaplain 19 Mech Bde. Thereafter he held the post of SO2 Chaps at HQ LAND.
Subsequently, Padre Coulter moved to the Defence Academy, where he completed the Executive Version of the MDA course in Defence Management. Becoming Senior Chaplain HQNI was something of a home posting, followed by a promotion to 3 (UK) Division as Assistant Chaplain General. Then followed a return to MOD Chaps (A) as Director Training and three years as Principal of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre, Amport House. Padre Coulter became Deputy Chaplain General on the anniversary of D Day – 6 June 2011.
Academic study has always enriched Padre Coulter’s long career and he completed his PhD on Chaplains in War in 1997. In 2009 he attended the Royal College of Defence Studies and in 2011 he was a Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford.
Married to Grace, he has two sons.