TRACEN Petaluma

Meet the Command Chaplain

LCDR Kevan Q. Lim

Command Chaplain Lieutenant Commander Kevan Qinxin Lim was born in Singapore. His family moved between Singapore and the United States three times before settling in Gig Harbor, Washington in 1992. He was naturalized as a United States citizen on 3 March 1999.

In 2006, LCDR Lim graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington with a degree in Business Administration. In 2008, concurrent with entering the Seventh-day Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, LCDR Lim was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy Chaplain Candidate Program. In 2011, LCDR Lim graduated from Andrews University with a Masters of Divinity, and subsequently superseded to Active Duty.

In July 2011, LCDR Lim reported to Combat Logistics Regiment 37 (CLR-37) in Okinawa, Japan, where he provided ministry, counseling, deployment training, and morale-boosting programs to over 1100 Sailors and Marines, and deployed in support of EXERCISE FOREST LIGHT 2012, EXERCISE COBRA GOLD 2013, and EXERCISE FREEDOM BANNER 2014. In August 2014, LCDR Lim reported to Carrier Air Wing NINE in Lemoore, CA, where he provided Chaplain support to over 1800 Sailors during workups, a seven-month WESTPAC deployment aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS, and the post-deployment period. In June 2017, LCDR Lim reported to the United States Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, where he serves as the command Chaplain for 500 permanent party staff members and their families, and a rotating population of students from seven “A” schools and other tenant commands.

LCDR Lim is endorsed by the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prior to superseding to Active Duty, he had six years of pastoral experience in churches in Washington State and Indiana.

LCDR Lim’s personal decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal (2 Awards), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Pin. LCDR Lim pinned on his current rate in September 2019.

LCDR Lim was married to the former Ms. Mara Lea Brueske on September 1, 2019.