National Chaplain’s Page

The current National Chaplain is Rev. Dr. Peter-Michael Preble from the Department of Massachusetts.

The Rev. Dr. Peter-Michael Preble was appointed National Chaplain at the 138th Annual Encampment of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Ch

aplain Preble presently serves as Department Chaplain for the Department of Massachusetts and has duel membership in the Bay State Camp #61 and the General George Hartsuff Camp #50. Chaplain Preble traces his Civil War linage to Corporal William Henry Preble of Co. H. 9th Maine Volunteer Infantry. Chaplain Preble also serves as a member of the National Committee on History

Chaplain Preble was ordained in 2004 and is an Authorized Minster in the United Church of Christ, has standing in the Progressive Episcopal Church and the Independent Old Catholic Church, and presently serves as Interim Minister at the First Congregational Church, UCC in Salem, New Hampshire. Chaplain Preble as also serves as Moderator of the Pilgrim Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Chaplain Preble has been endorsed to service as a military chaplain by the United Church of Christ and is active in the Civil Air Patrol as well as being Staff Chaplain for the National Lancers and providing Chaplain Support for the 79th Troop Command of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Chaplain Preble serves as Deputy Chief Chaplain for the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains and in 2017 was appointed Chaplain for the Quincy Fire Department. Prior to this, Chaplain Preble was Chaplain with the Dudley Fire Department where he also served as Interim Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management.

Chaplain Preble hold the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Pastoral Psychology from the American International University in Indiana, the Master of Theological Studies Degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. Chaplain Preble is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in traumatic Stress and holds membership in the International Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation.

Chaplain Preble is a Master Mason having been raised in 2007 and presently serves his home lodge, Delta Lodge in Braintree, Massachusetts as Chaplain. He was appointed as District Deputy Grand Chaplain of the 8th Masonic District in 2007 and still hold that position. Chaplain Preble recently completed a term as Grand Chaplain for the Grottoes of North America, one of the appendant Masonic Bodies.

Chaplain Preble is a veteran of 12 years of the United States Army having served both the Nation on Active Duty as well as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Army National Guard. Chaplain Preble presently serves as Chaplain, with the rank of Major, with the National Lancers, which traces its heritage and lineage to the First Massachusetts Cavalry which saw service during the Civil War.

Chaplain Preble is the author of three books:

The Martyred Bishops of the Romanian Greek-Catholic Church United With Rome, (Boston, Massachusetts; Illyricum Press, 2004)

Listening to the Heartbeat of God: How to Enter Into the Ancient Orthodox Life of Prayer, (Salisbury, Massachusetts; Regina Orthodox Press, 2012)

The Heartbeat of Leadership, (Southbridge, Massachusetts; Shepherd of Souls Press, 2014)

Chaplain Preble is married to the former Nicolette Meola and presently lives with their cat Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (Beau Beau for short) in East Weymouth, Massachusetts

Important Ceremonies
Dedication of a Headstone
Dedication of a Memorial
Dignified Flag Disposal Ceremony

Chaplain Handbook (in progress)
Grand Army of the Republic and Masonic Ritual