Chaplain, United States Navy
This profile originally appeared in Bowdoin magazine, Vol. 73, No. 2, Winter 2002
Recently promoted to Captain, Bob Evans will attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI beginning this August to obtain a master's degree in international affairs. This will be his third master's degree. It will compliment the one he holds in divinity from Princeton, and the one in theology (with a specialty in pastoral care and counseling) from Emory. Bob's on-going education increases his readiness to meet the spiritual requirements of ministry within the military context at home and abroad. It also prepares him for his next assignment as the chaplain for U.S. Central Command. Currently, as Group Chaplain, Amphibious Group Two, Bob leads professional training and spiritual mentorship for 22 chaplains and 26 Religious Program Specialists aboard 18 ships and 16 other amphibious commands. "This ensures availability of comprehensive spiritual access for 13,000 Sailors and Marines in Amphibious Group Two's 35 tenant commands worldwide," he explains.
Entering his 19th year as a Navy Chaplain, and 23rd as a Presbyterian minister, Bob has, among other duties, furnished funeral support to the National Cemetery at Arlington; overseen the spiritual ministry for the seven U.S. Navy installations in the Republic of Korea; seen action with the 2D Marine Division in operations including Desert Shield, and Desert Storm; and administered spiritual
support as command chaplain aboard USS Inchon during Operations Restore Hope, Joint Endeavor, and Support Democracy. From 1995-1997, Bob's ministry became the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, where he pioneered "the delivery of spiritual care to the fleet in the outpatient arena, provided ministry to all Acute Care units, and headed the Navy's Pastoral Care Residency Program." Aboard the USS Enterprise, 1997-1999, he supervised religious ministry teams in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Arabian Gulf theaters.
Though his ministry continues to take him around the world, Bob managed to return to Brunswick this past spring for his 25th Bowdoin Reunion.