After many ashore and at sea postings during 22 and a half years in the Navy, Barrie Yesberg PCHA RAN (Rtd), is very happy to put down roots at RSLWA as the new Chaplain.
Having been deployed three times to the Middle East and once to East Timor under UN peacekeeping activities, Barrie brings a wealth of military experience to the new role.
“I am looking forward to working with veterans at ANZAC House and I’m very pleased to be bringing these services to RSLWA members,” Barrie said. “With the advent of ANZAC House Veteran Central (AHVS) and the growth of RSLWA services, Chaplaincy will add to the care and complete the services offered to veterans and their families. The programs on offer will help provide meaning, purpose and connection, which are vital aspects of a person’s well-balanced life."
“Veterans will know Chaplains from their time in the ADF and will have a level of trust that was built up over their years of service, so my Chaplaincy role offers another avenue of support that is confidential and pastoral through the Spiritual.”
While in the Navy, Barrie’s shore postings included Fleet Command Chaplain in Perth, Darwin, and Sydney followed by Command Chaplain Joint Health Command in Canberra, before his retirement at the age at 60.
He later moved into the Navy Reserve and was promoted to Principal Chaplain as part of the Principal Chaplain’s Committee.
When this position was disbanded under a Chaplaincy restructure he again moved into retirement in July 2020. In 2016, Barrie began conducting part-time Chaplaincy with the Australian Federal Police out of Perth covering areas in Western Australia, South Australia and parts of Northern Territory.
Before joining the Royal Australian Navy as a full-time Chaplain Barrie was a Pastor with Churches of Christ in Western Australia working in parishes at Carnarvon, Roelands, Norseman, Bunbury and Cottesloe.
While in Cottesloe, he was a Chaplain in the 13th Brigade unit with the Army Reserves.
Barrie is a member of the RSLWA, Naval Association Australian, Naval Officers Club WA, the Peacekeepers Association, Disaster Recovery Australia and Chaplain to the Royal Naval Association. He is also a member of the Churches of Christ Global Mission Partners Board, of which he is the Chair.