Born on March 9, 1969, LT Richard Wiese grew up in the Lissie Methodist Church.  He is the son of Donnie and Anna Mae Wiese of Eagle Lake, TX, and the grandson of the late Russell and Marie Cooper, as well as the late Howard and Carol Wiese. 

Raised in a small town in Texas, I grew up attending church, but I never understood what it meant to trust Christ as my Savior.

At the age of eighteen, I left home to join the United States Marine Corps and went to boot camp in October of 1987.  Upon completion of boot camp, I went to 29 Palms for training as a Ground Radio Repairman and graduated in January of 1989.  My first assignment was in Okinawa, Japan with the 3rd FSSG.


In February of 1990 I received orders to 1st Marine Division and was stationed at Camp Pendelton. My roommate invited me to attend his church.  We went that Sunday morning and spent the afternoon with other Marines at a church family’s home.  On the way to evening services, and after talking with the owner of the home where we ate, I realized that although I knew about Jesus, I had never accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.  We pulled over to the side of the road, and I asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and to come into my heart.  That night I followed the Lord in baptism.


In August of 1990, I deployed with 1st Battalion 5th Marines in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  I redeployed to CONUS in April of 1991 and was assigned to Headquarters Battalion 1st Marine Division.  I was honorably discharged in October of 1992. 

On November 12, 1994, I married the former Christi Snow and we now have three children: Hannah Grace, Benjamin Michael, and Micah David. 

I graduated from the Bible Institute at my local church and was ordained as a minister in June 1995.  Having begun work on my degree in Pastoral Science, I transferred to Great Baptist Divinity School in Sioux Falls, SD.  I earned a Bachelor’s of Pastoral Science, and began working toward a Master’s of Divinity.  Upon completion of my Master's, I continued my education until I received my Doctorate of Ministry in 2002. In 2003, while serving as an assistant to the Pastor in New Philadelphia, Ohio, I felt the call to reenter the military as a Chaplain.


During my first tour, I served in OIF II, with the 1st Marine Division, as a part of the 11th MEU, and was the Battalion Landing Team Chaplain for 1st Battalion 4th Marines.  After returning to CONUS, I was reassigned to 2d Battalion 11th Marines. 

In August of 2006, I received orders to the Operational Ministry Center in Norfolk, VA. I reported aboard the Normandy on the 7th of November of 2006, as the command chaplain.  We were deployed from April 2007, through October 2007.

On January 31, 2008, I finished my tour with the USS Normandy and reported for duty aboard the USS Monterey on February 1, 2008.  Gear ups for deployment have already begun.  I will be stationed aboard the USS Monterey until the end of my tour in the summer of 2009.



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