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NSAM Chapel Staff

LCDR Rob Nelson
Command Chaplain

LCDR Nelson received his commission in 2006, having previously served in both the Army and the Marine Corps in Intelligence roles. His previous Chaplain tours include the USS George H. W. Bush, NSA/CSS Hawaii, and 2/3 Marines Infantry. Prior to becoming a Chaplain, he planted and pastored Southern Baptist churches, and worked in international and north american disaster relief and humanitarian aid. He and his wife Crystal have been married for 23 years and have two children, LTJG Jess Stock and HM3 CJ Nelson.

LCDR John VanDyke
Deputy Chaplain

LCDR Van Dyke was commissioned as a Chaplain in 2006 and has served tours in Norfolk, VA, Okinawa, Japan, and Camp Lejeune, NC.  He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and pastored churches in Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio before becoming a chaplain.  He earned his PhD from the University of Glasgow and has taught at Appalachian State University and King College. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 28 years and have two children, Rachel and Samuel.

Fr. Dominic-Joseph R. Castro
Catholic Priest

Fr. Castro was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1998 and has served in a variety of ministries: parish ministry; college campus ministry; prison ministry.  Fr. Castro graduated from Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California after completing undergraduate courses and graduate courses at Oblate College of Philosophy and Theology in Washington, DC.  He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Divinity. Fr. Castro has been the Catholic priest at Naval Support Activity Monterey since 2011.

RP2 Jack Koback

... the new RP!