Lieutenant Perry was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps in September of 2003. The following summer in 2004 he reported to Naval Chaplains School, Newport, RI for Basic Chaplain Training completing Naval Chaplains Basic Course, Division Officer Capstone course, and Amphibious Expeditionary Course. For the next three years, he remained a Chaplain Candidate while he completed Seminary and other denominational requirements.
In the summer of 2007, he received a call from the Ministry of the Armed Forces, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to serve as an active duty chaplain. He reported to Naval Chaplains School to finish Basic Chaplain Training in July of 2007 completing Tools, Empowerment, and Ministry Skills Course. He then reported to Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa serving as a staff chaplain until July 2010. From July 2010 to August 2012 he served aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8), homeport San Diego CA, as a staff chaplain. He currently serves as a battalion chaplain for 1st Battalion 4th Marines on Camp Pendleton, CA.
Lieutenant Perry completed a Bachelor’s of Arts majoring in Human Resource Administration in 2000 from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI. In 2005, after completing all requirements, he received a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO.
Chaplain Perry was ordained by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod June 12, 2005. He served as a parish pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, MN from 2005 to 2007 before coming on active duty.