Florida pastor retires from reserve chaplaincy after 27 years

Patrick Air Force Base, Florida

Hollywood Church of the Nazarene Pastor John Weller (right) recently retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

The wing chaplain for the 920th Rescue Wing ended his 27 years of service with a retirement ceremony at the base chapel August 1.

Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John H. Weller spent 12 years with the 920th RQW prior to his retirement: 1997-2008, then returned in 2014. Col. Jeffrey Macrander, 920th RQW commander, presided over the ceremony.

"Chaplain Weller is what I affectionately call a boomerang: people that leave the 920th, then figure out that there is no better place to be than in Cocoa Beach saving lives with the 920th Rescue Wing," Macrander said. 

As the wing chaplain, Weller led the wing staff chaplains and chaplain assistants, provided ministry and religious programs for wing members and dependents, and conducted regular work center visits for all units within the wing. He also provided pastoral counseling, religious instruction, religious services, and ethical advisement to commanders and supervisors pertaining to unit morale and welfare.

Weller began his Air Force career in 1988 as a staff chaplain at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. He has deployed to Southwest Asia, Europe, as well as domestically for hurricane relief efforts.

"Retirements are always bittersweet," Macrander said. "We're losing a valued member of our team, but we're giving him back to his family."

Outside the Reserve, Weller serves as lead pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Hollywood, Florida. He said he plans to remain actively involved in his church, as well as keeping in touch with his Air Force family. Weller thanked his fellow Airmen, his wife and their three children, plus additional friends, family, and co-workers present at his retirement.

"It has been a great career," Weller said. "Thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve, and thank you for all your support over the years."'

--920th Rescue Wing via NCN News submissions

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