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Our Chaplains

Senior Chaplain

Chaplain BealeThe Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. was born October 4, 1952, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -the first-born of the Rev. Kenneth and Anna Beale, and elder brother of Keith Beale. As a youth, Ken earned his God & Country Award, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was elected a Vigil Honor Member (Order of the Arrow) in the Boy Scouts of America. Ken graduated in 1970 from Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. In 1972, he took first place in a national public speaking contest co-sponsored by Reader's Digest and the Boy Scouts of America. This earned him a $3,000 scholarship and resulted in an appointment by President Nixon to the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission.

Ken's college degree is a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1974 with a major in communications. WCU bestowed 'Distinguished Alumnus' on Ken in 1992. His graduate degree is a Master of Divinity (magna cum laude) from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1977 with a concentration in Bible and theology. His post graduate degree is a Doctor of Ministry from Eastern Seminary in 1984 with a focus on pastoral care. Ken was ordained a United Methodist clergy of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in 1975.

While in college and seminary, Rev. Beale served six years as Director of Youth Ministry at Jarrettown United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. After graduating from seminary, he pastored for ten years at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. In 1988, Ken was appointed by the Bishop to the Indianhead Council, Boy Scouts of America in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he functioned for seven years as Director for Institutional Relationships. In March 1999, Ken was called to be the Associate Chaplain at the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel; and became Senior Chaplain of the Chapel Foundation in July 2000. Ken is President and Senior Consultant of Kingdom Builders, Ltd,. a non-denominational church consulting firm.

After 25-years of honorable service, Chaplain (Colonel) Beale retired from US Army in October 2012. His last assignment was Command Chaplain, US Army Support Activities at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Previously, he was the Command Chaplain, US Army Reserve Command headquartered at Fort McPherson, Georgia; the Chief of the Chaplain Recruiting Branch, US Army Recruiting Command headquartered at Fort Knox, Kentucky; and the Assistant Staff Chaplain for Administration and Operations for the 88th Regional Readiness Command headquartered at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Prior to these active duty assignments he served as a Reserve Component Chaplain with the Office of the Staff Chaplain, 88th Regional Support Command and with the 457th Transportation Battalion. His only previous active duty time was when he volunteered in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm, where he was cross-leveled as Chaplain to the 3rd Brigade of the 84th Division stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1991.

Chaplain Beale was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve in October 1987 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. He completed the Chaplain Officer Basic Course in 1991 and the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course in 1994 at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, US Army Chaplain Center and School. In 2002, he completed the US Army Command and General Staff Officers College. He attended the Chaplain Division Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina in 2004; and the Senior Unit Ministry Team Orientation (SUMTO) Course in 2007 at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the US Army War College where he received a Masters of Strategic Studies graduate degree in 2010.

Chaplain Beale's awards and decorations include: The Legion of Merit with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with 4 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Volunteer Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device and Silver Hourglass, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon. Chaplain Beale has been awarded the United States Army Recruiter Gold Badge with 3 Sapphire Stars and the coveted Recruiter Ring.

Chaplain Beale is married to the former Kathleen Moran of Bloomington, Minnesota. They reside between Woodbury, Minnesota and Sun City West, Arizona. Ken is the father of four adult children: Matthew, Timothy, Christiana, and Sarah; and seven grandchildren.


Associate Chaplain

Reverend Michael H. Wallman                             

Michael comes to the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation with many years of experience as a military chaplain and civilian pastor. His call to the pastoral ministry was settled in his heart while attending studies for the Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology at the Saint Paul Bible College in 1973. This call was later affirmed by his home church when they called him to serve as the associate pastor while still in college. Upon graduation in 1975, Michael accepted the call to be the pastor of the Hector Evangelical Free Church in Central Minnesota. He served this congregation for two years and left to return to school to work toward a Master of Divinity degree. As in college, Mike had to work full time to support his family, but graduated from Bethel Theological Seminary in the spring of 1981. Later that same year he accepted the call to serve the congregation of the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church in North Central Minnesota.

After three years Pastor Mike was called into the US Army to serve our Country, specifically the soldiers seeking to walk according to a Biblically based faith, and to witness to the broader military community of the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ. He and his family had many wonderful experiences serving the military community, and retired from active federal service in the spring of 2002.

Desiring further service in the Lord's house, Michael accepted the call to serve the Hayden Heights Baptist Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and continued as the pastor for seven years. When it came time to leave, Michael committed himself to a sabbatical of reflection and study as he awaited further leading from the Lord. Faced during this time with many wonderful opportunities to serve the Lord, Michael and his wife, Marlys, felt completely satisfied in seeing God's hand leading them to attend and later serve the congregation of the Fort Snelling Chapel Foundation. The congregation affirmed this on July 24th, 2011, by calling and then installing Chaplain Mike Wallman as the new Associate Pastor called to provide pastoral care, preaching and teaching and leadership under the authority of the Lord, His Church, and the Senior Chaplain. May God bless both Chapel and Chaplains in this new chapter of ministry.

The Christian experience of walking intimately with God has not always been a part of Mike's life. Born in August of 1947, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he was raised for the most part in Richfield, very close to Fort Snelling. His family was unchurched, so Michael and his older brother and sister did not receive instruction in the Faith. But the family was responsible, hard working, and lived by values that were definitely derived from the Christian heritage of our culture. Close to graduating from high school Michael met and courted Marlys Bjork also of Richfield. They attended the University of Minnesota together for awhile, but because the nation had gone to war in a far away place called Vietnam, Mike's student deferment from the draft board was changed to 1A. This meant, of course, that he would soon be drafted. After talking things over with Marlys and his parents, he enlisted in the Army and took Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, beginning in January of 1966.

After basic he married his high school sweetheart and then was sent to infantry training at Fort Ord, California. While at Fort Ord, Mike was accepted into the Officer Candidate School program and at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, graduating with a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. He was immediately sent to Germany, a place called Wildflecken, to take his place as a platoon leader in the 54th Engineer Battalion. He served in Wildflecken for two of the most transforming years of his life.

By the time he was assigned to Germany, he and Marlys had become the parents of a wonderful son and named him Kristofer. Marlys and Kristofer joined Mike in Germany in the spring of 1967 and they settled in to create their first home. But circumstances made this difficult. The unit had a real world barrier mission on the East German border that required endless training, alerts, and deployments. Added to this was the fact that Wildflecken had been designated a rehabilitation post where misfits and offenders were sent when there was no room in the local stockades of Europe. Michael was informed that over half his platoon would be soldiers such as these. Michael says that at this time in his life he was way over his head. He had his first home, with wife and child, huge responsibility as a platoon leader, and then the added weight of continually dealing with some real criminals assigned to him. He also adds that he was 5,000 miles from home and only 19 years old.

Recognizing that he could not do everything required of him he turned to God for help. Marlys was a continued source of encouragement and help as Mike wanted to find God and know him. God provided abundantly and more. Marlys knew her Bible and directed Mike to many passages that led him to grace. He was reassigned to a reconnaissance unit and issued a driver, a buck sergeant who was a born again believer. As they drove throughout the hills of Germany one full summer reconnoitering for the unit's mission, this fine NCO led his young officer through the teachings of Jesus and the doctrines of the Church and the songs of heaven. Furthermore, a solid Bible teacher became the new chaplain on post, and new officers coming into the unit were asking for young couples Bible studies. It was everything needed to bringing Michael to his knees before God. And one night in April of 1968, during a young couples Bible study, Mike bowed and accepted Christ into his heart to be his Savior and Lord. Mike says that God did so many things at that time that he could do nothing but surrender to Him and seek to serve Him for the rest of his life. And God has allowed him to do so.

Michael returned to civilian life in the spring of 1969, with Marlys, Kristofer and his new little brother, Andrew. He embarked on a course of study that would prepare him to fulfill his promise to God. He first attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and their Missionary Aviation School. He graduated from Saint Paul Bible College, and later completed his pastoral studies at Bethel Seminary. While in college Marlys gave birth to their last child, Amy.

Today, their children are married and have given Mike and Marlys seven grandchildren. Mike and Marlys have served in the church and the Army for almost 40 years, and they marvel at God's faithfulness in all things. When asked, Michael shares that his favorite passage of Scripture is Psalm 116:1-9. He says that it is the perfect testimony for anyone seeking to share their faith. His favorite author is C.S. Lewis, and he reads extensively in histories and biographies, and embraces the writings of Oswald Chambers for his devotional reflections. When asked about his hobbies he always smiles and replies that Marlys is his most favored hobby, and although he loves fly fishing and aviation in its many aspects, he will do anything to spend time with his beloved high school sweetheart.