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Welcome to the Chapel!

Welcome to the Ellsworth Air Force Base Chapel Community -- We are proud to serve alongside you, whether here at home or at a deployed location. We minister to military members and their families of all faiths. We invite you to explore the many chapel programs that promote spiritual growth and fulfillment. Our mission is to model, teach, and cultivate faith and values.

We look forward to meeting and serving you.
~ Your Chapel Team

Worship Schedules

Roman Catholic:
Sunday Catholic Mass
9:30 a.m. at the Black Hills Chapel

Catholic Religious Education
Sundays, 11 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. at the Chapel Activity Center 

Catholic Calendar:
Daily Mass:
Monday through Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Black Hills Chapel

Protestant Calendar:

Protestant Worship Service:
Sundays, 10 a.m. at the Freedom Chapel

For more information, call the base chapel office at (605) 385-1598

Monthly Chapel Events

Chapel Prayer Breakfast
· Program runs Sept. through May 
· Second Thursday of each month 
· 6:30 a.m. in the Freedom Chapel Annex 
· All base personnel are invited

Protestant Parish

Baptisms and Marriage
· Infant and adult baptisms are arranged with chaplains on an individual basis and are conducted within his or her denominational guidelines.
· Weddings are arranged in consultation with a chaplain and are conducted after fulfilling requirements for pre-marriage counseling. Contact the Chapel at least three months in advance of your desired date before making any arrangements.

Protestant Singles of the Chapel
· A warm environment where spiritual growth occurs through personal relationships, education, and outreach.
· Contact Doyle Spader (605-787-6846)

Protestant Women of the Chapel 
· Bible Study and Fellowship
· Special service projects

Protestant Men of the Chapel 
· Activities focus on Spirituality, Education, Social Services, and Recreational fellowship.
· PMOC sponsors monthly prayer breakfast for all base personnel

Protestant Youth of the Chapel
· 7th - 12th Grade Youth Group
Every Tuesday at Freedom Chapel 1830-1930
· If interested in volunteering, call:
SrA Roger Reboller at 605-385-1455 or by e-mail.
SSgt David Carter at 605-385-6550.

Other Faith Opportunities

For information on local Jewish, Muslim, or Eastern Orthodox services or any other Faith Groups, please call the chapel at (605) 385-1598.

To see a Chaplain

If you need a Chaplain during duty hours, call 385-1598. After duty hours, weekends, or holidays call the Command Post at 385-3800 and ask for the Duty Chaplain.

Chaplain Staff

David Knight, Maj.
United Methodist (Wing Chaplain)

John Ritter, Capt.
Coalition of Spirit-Filled Churches

Gregory Lawrence, Capt.
Presbyterian Church of America
Benjamin Quintanilla, Capt.
Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches

Chaplain Assistants

Shannon Olson, Tech. Sgt. 
NCOIC, Chapel Operations

Christopher Flavin, Staff Sgt. 
NCOIC, Chapel Resources

Support Personnel

Gerald McManus  
Roman Catholic Priest

Rita Dupres 
Protestant Religious Education Coordinator

Hannah King
Protestant Religious Education Coordinator

Keri Meis 
CTOF Account Manager

Roman Catholic Parish

Baptisms and Marriage 
· Baptisms are celebrated on an individual basis with required baptism formation classes conducted as needed. Parents who wish to have their child baptized must attend. 
· Couples wishing to be married in the Catholic Church are required to complete their marriage preparation with the priest, conducted on an individual basis. Contact the chapel six months prior to the wedding date. 

Catholic Youth of the Chapel provides high school students monthly socials activities. 

Catholic Women of the Chapel provides monthly women's fellowship and study. 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 
· The Formal process by which non-baptized adults are received into the RC Church. 
· Sessions run Fall until Easter. 
· Candidates are referred to the local diocese for formal instruction and have mentors. 

Lay Minister Opportunities 
· Lay Eucharistic Ministers 
· Lectors 
· Ushers 
· Altar Servers 
· Musicians, Choir Members 
· Catechists 

Parish Councils 
Both Protestant and Roman Catholic parishes have coordinating/advisory groups that provide participants opportunities to assume leadership roles and offer a voice in the direction of the base chapel programs. Meetings are held monthly - we welcome your comments and suggestions! 

Religious Education

Programs run September through April at the Chapel Activities Center

AWANA (Sept. through May):
Wednesday 6 p.m. at the Chapel Activities Center
For more information, contact the RE Coordinator (385-1598)

Roman Catholic: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
· CCD 4-year-olds through High School
· Adults
For more information, contact the RE Coordinator (385-1670)

Chapel Resource Center

With the best Chapel Library in the Air Force, the Chapel Resource Center provides interfaith materials for encouraging spiritual growth in the Ellsworth AFB community. 

· More than 5,000 books, 700 video tapes, 200 audio tapes. 
· Monthly children's reading enrichment program. 
· Opportunities for volunteers to learn the workings of a library. 

Check out the Ellsworth Chapel on Facebook for information on Catholic and Protestant programs.

Higher Grounds

The Higher Grounds is available free to all dorm residents. It's located upstairs of Building 3602 (Above the Bone Yard). For more information, contact Chaplain Foley at 385-1598.