U.S. Navy Lieutenant Derek N. Vande-Slunt, deputy command chaplain for Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point (MCAS), North Carolina, started out as a volunteer chaplain for the New York Fire Department in 2000 at 25 years old.
U.S. Navy Lt. Derek Vande Slunt, deputy command chaplain for Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, reads the Marine’s Prayer during the National Day of Prayer breakfast at Miller’s Landing on Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, North Carolina, May 2, 2019. The MCAS Cherry Point Chapel held an open breakfast in celebration of the National Day of Prayer for service members and their families to come together and pray. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Micha Pierce)