Navy chaplain preaching at Immanuel on Sunday

The Rev. Matthew Prince, a U.S. Navy chaplain, will be the guest preacher Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 605 S. Walnut St., Seymour.

He is preaching as part of Immanuel’s 150th anniversary celebration and as a way of honoring the brave men and women who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Founded in 1870, Immanuel has had members serve in peacetime and in conflict throughout its history and at the present time.

Commander Prince joined the Navy in 2006. He graduated from Officer Indoctrination School and Naval Chaplain School in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

Before the Navy, he was a schoolteacher and coach at Green Park Lutheran School in St. Louis and was a pastor and church planter in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

His operational tours include 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, 1st Tank Battalion, the USS Frank Cable (AS 40), Submarine Squadron 15, TAD orders to the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and Destroyer Squadron Two.

His tours ashore include 1st Recruit Training Battalion and Regiment at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, 6th Marine Corps Recruiting District, 5th Coast Guard District and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Prince’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), Iraq Campaign Service Medal and multiple unit and service awards, and he is authorized to wear the Fleet Marine Force pin.

Married for 24 years, Prince’s family includes his wife, Susan, a teacher, their four children, Hannah, Rachel, Sarah and Luke, and their dog, Biscuit.

The public is welcome to Sunday’s services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. The 9 a.m. service will be live-streamed online at and broadcast live on WZZB AM 1390 and FM 99.3.

The overall anniversary theme, “Celebrating our Past, Embracing our Future,” is based on Psalm 90:1, 16: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations…Let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children.” An anniversary committee chaired by Craig and Linda Moore and Mark and Jane Nolting is coordinating the celebration.

For information, call the church at 812-522-3118, email [email protected] or visit