|Robert Certain was born in Savannah, Georgia in December 1947. An alumnus of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, he attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1969 with a BA degree in History and a commission in the US Air Force. As a combat aviator he flew 100 missions over Southeast Asia in 1971 and 1972 before being shot down and captured.
Following the Vietnam War, he attended the School of Theology, an Episcopal Church seminary in Sewanee, TN, received his Master of Divinity degree and was ordained as a priest in 1976. In 1990, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree.
As a military chaplain, he served in the Air Force on active duty and in the reserves, serving in various locations, including the US Air Force Academy. He retired from the Air Force Reserves in 1999 at the rank of Colonel. As a parish priest, he served parishes in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, California and Georgia. When former President Gerald R. Ford died in late 2006, Father Certain was chosen to lead all the memorial services and to preside at his burial in Michigan.
Since 2007, Father Certain has served as an independent advisor to several cabinet-level federal departments.
Robert published his autobiography, Unchained Eagle in 2003.