Naval Chaplaincy School and Center
Captain Steve R. Moses, CHC, USN
Commanding Officer

Commanding Officer

Chaplain Moses was born in Germany and grew up in various parts of the world including Arizona, Florida, Louisiana and the Netherlands while his father was serving in the military. He was enlisted from 1979 to 1988, serving as an Avionics Technician and Technical Instructor. In 1988, he completed his baccalaureate degree at Park University. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1991. He also holds a Masters of Theology from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. Chaplain Moses was a Southern Baptist pastor in Fort Worth, Texas, when he was commissioned as a U.S. Navy chaplain in 1994.

His operational tours include command chaplain of USS Dubuque (LPD 8) forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan. During this tour he served alongside the 31st MEU and deployed during Carat ‘95, COBRA Gold and UFL with port visits in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Yokosuka, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima, Japan. In 1996, Chaplain Moses transferred to 1st FSSG, Camp Pendleton, Calif., serving as a battalion chaplain in Supply Battalion until 1999. In 2006, Chaplain Moses reported to 3rd MAW serving as MAG 11 group chaplain, Miramar, Calif. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as group chaplain for Marine Air Control Group 38 and Marine Wing Support Group 37. In 2009, he reported to U.S Marine Forces Pacific at Camp Smith, Hawaii, where he served as deputy force chaplain for Marine Forces Pacific, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Bases Pacific. In 2011, Chaplain Moses reported to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as force chaplain responsible for the religious ministry of all Pacific assigned submarine forces. In 2015, Captain Moses was forward deployed as force chaplain, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and fleet chaplain for U.S. Fifth Fleet and the Combined Maritime Forces, headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, supporting Operations Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Spartan Shield, Freedom’s Sentinel.

His shore assignments included Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., where he was assigned as a staff chaplain to Service School Command in the Combat Systems Schools Department and earned his Master Training Specialist Qualification. In 2003, after completing Navy Funded Graduate Education, he reported to Marine Corps Base, Camp Smedley D. Butler in Okinawa, Japan where he served as deputy command chaplain, Marine Corps Bases Japan and Camp Foster coordinating chaplain. In 2012, Captain Moses reported to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Twentynine Palms, Calif., where he served as the assistant chief of staff for Religious Ministries. In March of 2017, Captain Moses assumed command of the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center at Fort Jackson, S.C.

His personal awards include the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with four gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one gold star. He holds additional qualification designators for Religion and Culture (1430), Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer.

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Commander Matthew K. Berrens, CHC, USN
Executive Officer

Executive Officer

Chaplain Berrens was raised in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and then in the Central Valley of Northern California.

He graduated from Liberty University (Lynchburg, Va.) in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion. He received his Master of Theology Degree (ThM.) in 2000 from Dallas Theological Seminary.

While attending seminary, he served as the Young Married Minister at First Baptist Church of Dallas. Shortly after graduation, Matt accepted a position as the Community Pastor at Southwinds Church of Tracy, Calif., and served there before joining the US Navy as a Chaplain.

Matt reported to Chaplain School in Newport, R.I., in June 2002. His first assignment was to Naval Base Coronado where he spent one year serving in the base chapel before receiving orders to sea.

In September 2003, Chaplain Berrens reported to the USS Ogden (LPD-5) and immediately deployed on a WESTPAC deployment to the Arabian Gulf where they sent Marines into Iraq. In 2005, he reported to Training Support Center, S.D. His next assignment was with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton and he deployed to Southern Afghanistan in 2009 with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. Chaplain Berrens then served as the West Coast Chaplain Recruiter, helping find the future spiritual warriors for our nation’s heroes. In 2013 he reported to Marine Aircraft Group-39 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and he deployed again to Southern Afghanistan in 2014 with the Marine Air Wing.

Chaplain Berrens currently serves as the Executive Officer at the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, Columbia, S.C.

Some of Chaplain Berrens proud accomplishments include graduating from Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, June 2007, and graduating from Rescue Swimmer School (SAR), October 2008 (first Chaplain graduate in US Navy history). During his recruiting tenure (2011-2013), he helped accomplish goals in all Chaplain Programs for the first time in recruiting command history. He holds an additional qualification designator as a Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer, 2009.

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RPCS Chasity Bussey, CHC, USN
Command Senior Enlisted Adivsor

Command Senior Enlisted Adivsor

Religious Program Specialist Senior Chief Petty Officer Brown was born in Augusta, Ga., and graduated from Westside High School. She entered the United States Navy on August 26, 1997, and attended basic training at the Naval Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois. She completed the RP “F” School Course as an Honor Graduate Class of 03010. In 2011, she completed her Associates Degree in General Studies at American Military University. She currently holds four Navy Enlisted Codes, 90MN Multi National Force, 90DO Detainee Operations, 90NI Combat Training, and 9502 Naval Instructor.

Her operational tours include the USS Simon Lake (AS-33) (Decommissioned) La Maddalena, Italy, where she served as a Deck Seaman from December 1997 to June 1998. In 2004, she reported to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Norfolk, Va., as the Leading Petty Officer for the Command Religious Program Department. In 2012, she was the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Religious Ministries on board the Forward Deployed USS George Washington (CVN 73) located in Yokosuka, Japan. In 2014, she reported as the Staff RP to Joint Region Marianas, Marianas, Guam. She completed three Individual Augmentee tours to include Headquarters, Combined Task Force-7 Baghdad, Iraq (August 2004-June 2004), Naval Provisional Guard Battalion , Joint Task Force, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 2005 to March 2006), and the Combined Task Force-IA Mobile Support Team Afghanistan (September 2009 to May 2010).

Her shore assignments included Naval Hospital Clinic, Naples Italy from 1998-1999. She took the RP3 exam and was assigned to the base chapel at Command Naval Surface Group Mediterranean (Decommissioned), Naples, Italy from 1999-2000. She reported to Command Fleet Activity, Chinhae, South Korea, to work as the Staff RP at the base chapel. She stood up the first Religious Ministry Team for Maritime Expeditionary Group One (MESG-1) located in Imperial Beach, Calif., in 2007. In 2015, she reported as the Staff RP to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. March of 2017, Senior Chief Brown reported as the Command Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Her personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards). She has earned her Enlisted Surface, Aviation, and Expeditionary Warfare pins.

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