Lieutenant Spear is a native of Oak Grove, MO. He began his Navy career in Newport Rhode Island where he attended Naval Officer Development School, followed by Naval Chaplaincy School at Fort Jackson, SC.
LT Spear received a bachelor’s degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University at Olathe, KS. He went on to receive his Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO. An ordained Southern Baptist minister, the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention then endorsed Chaplain Spear for military chaplaincy.
Chaplain Spear participated in the Chaplain Candidate Program, in May of 2012, he was commissioned an Ensign. In March of 2015, he was promoted to a Lieutenant Junior Grade, June of 2016, he was promoted to Lieutenant in the Navy Chaplain Corps. Chaplain Spear received orders to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, June 1 2015 serving as Command Chaplain for 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion.
Chaplain Spear previously served as a United States Marine. As a Military Police officer he served with Presidential Helicopter Squadron One at Quantico, VA.
Chaplain Spear is currently Serving as the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines Command Chaplain.
LT Spear’s personal decorations and awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star; Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 1 bronze star; National Defense Medal with 1 bronze star.