In your peaceful homes remember our brave soldiers, whether in camp or battle. Oh, may their love of country, and their faithful service thereof, be unto them life-preservers!
—Mary Baker Eddy, Christian Science versus Pantheism, p. 14
The military chaplaincy is an avenue for serving God, church, country, and humanity in an especially rewarding way. Practicing Christian Science in uniform, military chaplains bring The Mother Church’s healing response to men and women in the US armed forces wherever they are stationed. Military chaplains help ensure the free exercise of religion for all service members, as well as provide special ministry to Christian Scientists.
Connecting with a Military Chaplain
If you are a Christian Scientist in the US military, a chaplain from The Mother Church is available to support you. Benefits include:
Connection to Christian Science church services while deployed
Help in obtaining Christian Science periodicals and resources
Fellowship with the greater community of Christian Science service members
Assistance receiving religious accommodation to practice Christian Science while in the military
Please fill out the Armed Services Personnel Registration form. A chaplain will contact you shortly.
The following chaplains are currently serving:
Brian Bort (Navy)
Brian Bort grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, where he worked as a Track coach after college. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and Literature, before joining the Chaplain training program and moving to Boston in Jan. 2014. Brian was selected for active duty for the Navy on March 14th 2018 and is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
Dan Brantingham (Air Force)
Chaplain, Colonel Brantingham currently serves as the Command Chaplain, United States Air Forces in Europe and United States Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He has served on active duty since 1994. His duty assignments include Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas (job training base), Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (fighter base), Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (space and missile base), the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, and various staff jobs.
Michael Brown (Navy)
Michael was commissioned into the Navy’s Chaplain Candidate Program in 2010, and was commissioned as an active duty chaplain in 2012. He served as a staff chaplain aboard Naval Station Norfolk from 2013-2016. He then reported to his first Marine Corps assignment as battalion chaplain with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division in CA. In April 2017, he transferred to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, and deployed to the Middle East, serving his unit spread across Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operations Inherent Resolve and Enduring Freedom. He began his current assignment in September 2018 as command chaplain aboard the guided missile cruiser, USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN, in San Diego, CA.
Keith Connor (Navy)
Keith is currently operating in the Naval Forces Europe, Naval Forces Africa region. He went active duty in the Navy in 2017 and greatly enjoys serving his country and church. Keith enjoys setting up and volunteering at community relations projects to spread goodwill from the United States Navy. Prior to joining the Navy, he worked as a counsellor and chapel minister at a Homeless Center in New York, volunteered as a prison chaplain, interned at a non-profit Interfaith organization and served in a variety of positions in his branch church.
Maya Dietz (Army)
Maya's journey to the Army as a Chaplain was long and winding, including work as a high school math teacher with TFA, multiple assignments overseas as a diplomat with the Department of State, and more graduate school time than she would care to admit. Although it was not always obvious to her, it is now clear that God was preparing her for her current work in an interfaith environment serving others in their times of greatest need. Maya is grateful to be on this current adventure with her husband and two daughters.
Brian Hall (Army)
Brian is a lifelong Christian Scientist and currently serves as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves in El Paso, Texas after serving 7 years on Active Duty. He says it is truly an honor to share God’s love with Soldiers and to witness the comfort and healing it provides. He is grateful for the unique opportunity to serve God, The Mother Church and the families who also serve our country.
Sarah Sampas (Air Force)
Sarah Sampas became a chaplain candidate in the Air Force in 2014 and entered active duty as a chaplain in 2016. She is currently stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. She loves to be out with her squadrons but also supports chapel programs and occasionally preaches. She and her family look forward to many adventures in the Air Force chaplaincy.
Matt Schmidt (Army Reserves)
Matt Schmidt serves as a Chaplain in the Army Reserves in a unit in Greenville, SC.
Tom Wheatley (Army)
Tom currently serves in the Army Chief of Chaplain’s office at the Pentagon. He has served on active duty since 1988 and will retire in January 2019. His most recent assignments include Eighth Army Command Chaplain in Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea; United States Army Special Operation Command Chaplain at Fort Bragg, NC, and senior chaplain at Ft. Bliss, TX.
To contact a Christian Science chaplain directly, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Becoming a Military Chaplain
If you are a practicing Christian Scientist who wants to serve as a chaplain in the US military, we’d love to hear from you!
The Military Chaplain Training Program has three components:
formal seminary education
regular training under the auspices of The Mother Church
practical field experience. Applicants must meet both the military’s requirements for chaplains and The Mother Church’s requirements.
For more information or to request an application, contact the Christian Science Military Chaplain Endorsing Agent.