TRACEN Petaluma

Meet the Command Chaplain

LT Erik D. Neider

Command Chaplain A native of Wabeno, Wisconsin, Chaplain Neider graduated from Marquette University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and was commissioned into the submarine service. He graduated from Concordia Seminary St. Louis in August 2010 with a Master of Divinity. He was commissioned directly into the Navy Reserve Chaplain Corps in 2015. He is endorsed by the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.

Chaplain Neider served as a junior officer aboard USS Springfield (SSN 761) homeported in Groton, CT from 2000-2003. From 2003-2005 he served as an instructor at Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY.

Chaplain Neider served as a line officer at Navy Operational Support Center St. Louis from 2005 to 2009 from which he was recalled to active duty with Navy Customs Battalion Sierra at Camp Patriot, Kuwait.

Chaplain Neider served as the Staff Chaplain for US Coast Guard District 11 from March 2017 to April 2020. Living in Alameda, CA, he provided spiritual support to the over 1500 Coastguardsmen across Northern California. In April 2020 in response to delays in the transfer season, he began serving as the interim command chaplain of TRACEN Petaluma. When travel is restored, Chaplain Neider will report to the USS America (LHA 6) in Sasebo, Japan to begin duties as Ship’s Chaplain.

Chaplain Neider’s personal awards include Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and Army Achievement Medal. His qualifications include Submarine Warfare Officer and Master Training Specialist.

Chaplain Neider’s wife Joelle is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have 3 children: Ben (16), Luke (14), and Ava (9). They enjoy running, biking, skiing, and reading.