Gil A. Stricklin, Sr.Gil A. Stricklin Sr.
Chairman & CEO, Dallas, Texas

The first and only employee of Marketplace Chaplains USA on January 1, 1984, was Chaplain Stricklin. Even though today there are more than 2,500 marketplace chaplains serving across the USA with the organization he leads, he is still the senior chaplain, his most cherished title.

Gil began the Employee Care Service, providing Chaplain Care Teams to corporate America, after more than 40 years in military and corporate chaplaincy, business, communications, and as a public relations practitioner. He was a commissioned military officer for 37 years beginning in the U.S. Air Force and completing his service career as a Colonel in the Army Chaplain Corps. Colonel Stricklin was awarded the Legion of Merit, the fifth highest governmental recognition for military service.

Prior to his military career, he worked for three Class 1 Railroads, after growing up in a railroad family. His railroad experiences helped him form Railroad Chaplains USA-Canada-Mexico; a highly specialized service to the Railroad industry.

Also, he served as special assistant to Dr. Billy Graham, the evangelist, traveling worldwide with Dr. Graham working with the international media.

Gil has four earned degrees, including BA’s in Business from Baylor University and Communications from Texas Christian University. He also holds a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. As a graduate of the Army War College and the National Defense University, the highest military education, he has a Master’s Degree equivalent in Geo–political Science.

Gil and Ann, his co–founding partner, have been married since 1958.  They have two grown sons and four grandchildren.