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LT John B. Phelps
Chaplain Corps, USN
Phone #: (760) 830-5865
LT Phelps is a native of Dukes, Kentucky and a 1997 graduate of the Owensboro Community College with an Associates of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Wright State University and a Master of Divinity with a focus on Pastoral Care and Counseling from United Theological Seminary. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education through the Dayton VA Medical Center in Dayton, OH and Baptist Health System in San Antonio, TX.
He was commissioned into the Navy Chaplain Candidate Program in 2015. In 2017, LT Phelps was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps on active duty.
LT Phelps completed his first assignment attached to the US Naval Base Guam Religious Ministry Team as a Staff Chaplain. While at Naval Base Guam, he filled the role of Deputy Command Chaplain, as well as Division officer. He also supported 32 tenant commands including Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard units. LT Phelps spent time TAD to the USS O’Kane during Defense of Guam Operation, and aboard the USCGC Sequoia during Maritime Operations in Palau and Yap.
After completing his tour in Guam, he was assigned to serve as the Command Chaplain of SEAL Team SEVEN and Logistics Support Unit ONE with Naval Special Warfare Group One. During his time with NSW, LT Phelps supported NSW Task Unit INDOPACOM and Special Operations Task Force THREE during Operation Spartan Shield.
Currently, he is assigned as the Battalion Chaplain to 2nd Battlaion 7th Marines.
LT Phelps is an Ordained Cumberland Presbyterian Minister, endorsed by the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. He is Board Certified through the National Association of VA Chaplains, a certified Prepare/Enrich and PREP Marriage Program facilitator, and ASIST/safeTalk Suicide Prevention Programs instructor.
He and his wife Maryanne have five children, Jade, Valen, Aria, Paul, and Varro. Maryanne hails from Cleveland, TN.