Chaplain Steven Souders receives presidential award

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Steve Souders

Congratulations to Cmdr. Steve Souders, command chaplain of the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, who recently was awarded the President's Meritorious Service Medal for his work in 2011-14 as director of the Mayport Ministry Center.

According to a prepared statement about the citation, Souders led a ministry center that delivered proactive pastoral care to 5,000 sailors and their families associated with 19 ships, including 6,700 instances of pastoral counseling, along with worship and religious education events, community relations projects, training sessions and burials at sea.

"Commander Souders' exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service," reads the statement signed by Rear Admiral P.A. Gumataotao.

Souders recently reported to Dr. Wayne Wiatt, Clergy Excellence director at the Florida Conference, that he has been named command chaplain of the naval station's chapel. The position includes coordinating pastoral care for 70 tenant commands, homeported ships, personnel and their families.

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