The Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. was born October 4, 1952, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – the first born of the Rev. Kenneth and Anna Beale, and elder brother of Keith Beale. As a youth, Ken earned his God & Country Award, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, and was elected a Vigil Honor Member (Order of the Arrow) in the Boy Scouts of America. Ken graduated in 1970 from Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

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Chaplain (COL) Philip A. Winn, Jr. assumed duties as the State Chaplain for the Minnesota National Guard on 15 March 2020. Chaplain Winn enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Forward Observer in 1988, and graduated as the Honor Graduate of the Forward Observer Advanced Individual Training course in Fort Sill, OK, 1989. He served in Korea from 1990-1991 with the 2nd Infantry Division as a Driver, Forward Observer, and Fire Support Specialist.

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Dr. Desiderius ‘Desi’ Klempay, a native of Pancevo, Yugoslavia, was Professor of Music at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN, an organist at Wooddale Church (1988-2010). He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Music and Organ Performance from California State University, Los Angeles; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the University of Minnesota and an Organ Diploma from the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria. Desi and his wife, Martha, reside in Plymouth,MN.


In addition to oftentimes being our special music guest, Tamara is also our Special Music Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music Education, Bible and Psychology and works for Michael’s Arts and Crafts. At the present time, Tamara is working towards certification in professional genealogy. Tamara thanks God for her talent and her parents for their support.


Bev Johnson, and her husband, Johnnie, have been members of the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation since September of 2008. Prior to joining the FSMCF staff, Bev’s professional career was spent in administrative and customer service management.


Carol Nygaard is a 2nd generation Chapel Foundation member. Her parents, Oz and Doris came to the Chapel in 1989. Carol was born in Minneapolis and is the oldest of 4 children. Carol’s career has been spent in the field of accounting.