YPG community welcomes new Chaplain
U.S. Army Capt. Ryan Pearse has served as a U.S. Army Ranger and earned his doctorate in Ministry. While his accolades earned him the titles of, Captain, Ranger, and Dr. Pearse — at Yuma Proving Ground the community will get to know him as Chaplain Pearse. (Photo Credit: US Army photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

Capt. Ryan Pearse has an impressive resume. He served as a U.S. Army Ranger and earned his doctorate in Ministry. While his accolades earned him the titles of, Captain, Ranger, and Dr. Pearse — at Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) the community will get to know him as Chaplain Pearse.

Pearse and his family which includes his wife of 12 years Kelly, and their four small children ranging in ages seven through two, moved to the YPG community in early July and are working on getting settled.

“In the short amount of time that I have been here it feels very familial. It seems like one big family, and we are excited to be a part of that family,” Pearse said.

His own experience as a family man has highlighted the importance of providing family friendly services and actives at the chapel.

“I hope to bring a lot of energy and programs.”

Tentative plans include Sunday lunches, vacation bible school, children’s programs, and a musician for Sunday service in the next few months. All activities that were shut down during the height of COVID.

While those plans will start to fall into place in the fall, Pearse wants the community to know the chapel’s doors are open now to the community during regular business hours Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The chaplain and Religious Affairs Officer Sgt. Justin Neubert can provide resources and confidential counseling services.

Pearse also leads the Sunday Protestant services at 11a.m. following Catholic services at 9:30 a.m. He looks forward to serving the community through ministry.

Since taking on the path of God he’s earned his Masters in Divinity and Doctorate in Divinity. He’s been both an assistant and main pastor, and now he’s ready share lessons learned from all his experiences.

“I have no end of previous Army experience analogies I can use on a Sunday morning sermon.”

He adds, “I get to be a Solider and I get to be in ministry, it’s the best of both worlds. It’s the best job in the Army. I love it.”

Community members can keep up to date with the chapel through its official Facebook page or call the chapel’s main line at 928-328-3465.