How to Address a University or College Chaplain

Chaplain at a College or University

How do you address an ordained chaplain at a college?
——————-– KB

Dear KB,
Chaplains who are not active-duty military are addressed in the style of their denominations/religion … and identified as a Chaplain.

—-—-The Reverend John Smith
—-—-Chaplain, University Chapel
—-—-University of North Carolina
—-—-Greensboro, NC 12345

—-—-Rabbi John Smith
—-—-Chaplain, University Chapel
—-—-University of North Carolina
—-—-Greensboro, NC 12345

It probably isn’t necessary to include chaplain on the envelope since the Post Office doesn’t need his job title to deliver the letter. Do include the office in the address block on the letter. How to Address a University Chaplain

—-In the salutation address him or her with the honorific of their denomination …. Or as Chaplain.
—-—-Dear Chaplain Smith,
—-—-Dear Father Smith,
—-—-Dear Pastor Smith,
—-—-Dear Rabbi Smith,

– Robert Hickey  How to Address a University Chaplain

See other chaplians:
Chaplain of the Senate or the House
Chaplain in the Armed Services
Chaplain of a College or University
w to Address a University Chaplain


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.
___What I don’t cover on this site are many things I do cover in my book: all the rules of forms of address, about names, international titles, precedence, complimentary closes, details on invitations, place cards, all sorts of introductions, etc. I hope you’ll get a copy of the book if you’d like the further detail.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 


Robert Hickey author of “Honor & Respect”