MNU’s special chapel service to “Honor Those Who Serve” in recognition of Veteran’s Day will be Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m. at College Church of the Nazarene. In addition to honoring service men and women, the university will recognize military chaplains whose ministry of caring and hope is vital during the stressful times of both war and peace. US Navy Commander and Chaplain Brian Weigelt (’93) will speak at this service which is open to the public.
“Though war and violence is never desired and comes at high cost, when called to duty, our nation's chaplains serve as courageous messengers of hope to those who sacrificed their all to defend freedom and liberty,” says David Spittal, MNU president.
Weigelt was raised on a family farm in North Dakota. After graduating from high school he attended MNU earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and business administration. Following graduation he served as a resident director and assistant campus chaplain at MNU. In 1996 he and his wife Rosslyn (Byrne ’96) both completed graduate studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Weigelt was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene in 1997 and after pastoring in Oregon served as Navy Reserve Chaplain for several years. He was actively assigned to the Marine 1st Division and was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq and later assigned to several naval shipboard assignments including service with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.
Weigelt was Deputy Command Chaplain and Senior Protestant Chaplain at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and during this period completed a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the Naval War College. In 2012 he was assigned as Command Chaplain for Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa and in 2013 was promoted to the rank of Commander. He is currently assigned to service in Washington, D.C.
Weigelt was named Chaplain of the Year for the United States Marine Corps, received the Meritorious Service Medal and four Navy and Marine Corps commendation medals. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by MNU in 2014.
“Brian is an outstanding alumnus and we are honored to recognize his service to his country and as a spiritual leader to our men and women in military service,” Spittal says.
Military veterans, active duty and representative family members will be recognized at this service.