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Lieutenant JG Ethan Walker

Name Ethan Kimball Walker M.D., Ph.D

Position Chaplain

Rank Lieutenant JG


Character Information

Gender Male
Species Human
Age 39
Date of Birth 2351
Place of Birth Deep Space

Starfleet ID

Serial Number DL-646-5923
Security Clearance Level 5
Duty Shift Alpha
Office Deck 3 - Chaplain's Office
Quarters 04-1007 EN
Roommate Ellsworth Hudson
Commendations

Physical Appearance

Height 5'9"
Weight 165lbs
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Brown
Physical Description Babyfaced and young looking. Easily gives him the appearance of a man ten years younger than he is. Ethan doesn't bother to hide it or attempt to make himself look older than he is. He's happy with the man he is, inside and out.

Always clean shaven, mostly because his beard doesn't grow in thick enough to be presentable. It works in his favor, giving him a friendly air that allows his job to be done just a little bit easier.

Very light on his feet, almost frail in appearance. Doesn't have a very commanding presence. Can sometimes work in his favor. He's not a pushover or a weakling by any stretch, he simply is somewhat slight in stature and appearance.

Softspoken in timbre, but not afraid of making himself known if he feels it is necessary. Still, he prefers the 'turn the other cheek' approach.

Family

Spouse Bethany (died, 2375)
Father James Walker (died 2352)
Mother Angie Walker (died 2352)
Other Family Zanat th'Jor

Personality & Traits

General Overview Soft-spoken, even-tempered and gentle. Rarely raises his voice. He's off the conviction that raising one's voice to be heard, is less effective than keeping an even tone. It forces the other to listen harder, and by listening harder, it makes it easier for him to make his point.

Extremely hard to agitate or upset. Prides himself on his even temperament. It has frustrated more than one peer as well as anyone who's every tried to stand toe to toe against him regarding his faith. He doesn't get angry, that simply isn't his way.

Always willing to help, regardless of the past interactions with the person. He's always willing to forgive and mend the relationship.

Extremely pious and is often found in his room or office meditating or reflecting on a particular verse or book of the bible. He takes his faith seriously and though he never pushes it on others, he isn't afraid to witness to them. If they agree or don't agree is their choice, but he doesn't tone his own beliefs back just to appease them. That doesn't mean he pushes his beliefs, he simply doesn't hide them.

- Has what is sometimes considered a 'unique' approach to religion. Ethan is a devout Christian, and believes that God did create the Heaven's and the Earth. However, he believes that even though he created that; what has 'evolved' and become life all over the Galaxy did so on its own, thanks to the spark of life God gave them.

- A student of all faiths, he believes the central themes are the same. That doesn't mean he thinks their faith is right, he simply believes one should embrace all men of faith. That goes for Earth religions as well as extra-terrestrial ones as well.
Strengths + Compassion. Not simply because he's a priest, but because he's a good man.
+ Approachable and well-respected by those who know him. Has a trustworthy air.
+ Has an uncanny ability to disarm people and situations that would otherwise become volatile.
+/- Doesn't give up just because someone has no faith. Believes strongly that faith is held in them by the divine.

Weaknesses - Attended Starfleet Academy, but not a leader of men. Prefers the one on one interaction.
- Not comfortable making decisions for a group as a whole. He is not suited nor does he wish to hold command; Departmental or otherwise.
Ambitions To help those in need and to spread faith, hope and love.
Hobbies & Interests Reading, writing, theology. Ethan enjoys spending time in quiet reflection, or in private sessions with crewmembers who need a little counseling.

Though he doesn't generally, he has been known to spend time in the holodeck or suites with friends. He doesn't often go alone.
Orientation Heterosexual
Language(s) Spoken Federation Standard, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Bajoran

Personal History Ethan's life began with tragedy. His parents, missionaries for the Catholic Church, were on the far side of the Alpha Quadrant missioning to a colony of human refugees fleeing persecution for their genetic anomalies on a barely hospitable world. When James and Angie found out that they were pregnant, they immediately sent to the church for replacement. They wanted to raise their child back at home, with their own families. They felt that even their cause was righteous, they were not prepared to risk the life of their infant son.

Once replacement missionaries arrived, the Walker's set off for the long journey back to Earth. They knew that their son would be born along the way, but they were committed to giving him the best life possible. Enroute to Sol, their vessel was attacked by a Borg cube fleeing a small Starfleet offensive. The attack killed both his parents. The infant Ethan was saved by the quick thinking and skillful hands of the ship's Doctor.

That Doctor, Zanat th'Jor, adopted the young boy despite the fact that he was Andorian and raised him as if he was his own. th'Jor took special attention to insure that Ethan was raised with the beliefs that his parents shared and would have wanted him to have but also taking care to keep him open-minded to the other faiths and belief systems that existed across the Galaxy. The result was Ethan's current philosophy - 'Faith in all by faith in one'.

As the adopted son of a Doctor, on a Science vessel, Ethan's youth was dominated by the stimuli and learning experiences that could only be found by a vessel exploring the depths of space. He learned everything from particle physics to basic Warp theory and enjoyed every minute. Yet, despite all this learning, he felt the calling elsewhere. Not in Science and Engineering, but in Theology. Call it divine intervention or whatever you like, Ethan knew what he wanted to do.

At fifteen, an unusually young age, Ethan applied and was accepted to a prestigious Seminary school in Rome, Italy, run by the Catholic Church. He was welcomed with open arms, despite his youth and was eager to learn all he could while there. He studied for two years, obtaining a degree in Theology where most students required three years. Thus, at seventeen, he was completed and ready to join the Priesthood - at least that's what the Church expected.
Starfleet History Ethan again felt his place was somewhere else. The idea of having a Church and congregation of his own and having to constantly pander to the requests, needs and demands of the Church at large was not appealing. So, drawing on the education he had received at the hands of his adopted father, Ethan turned his attention to Starfleet where he gained admission into Starfleet Academy. It was here that he might Bethany, a young, bright and beautiful woman fresh from London and eager to make her mark in Starfleet. Ethan was quickly smitten, and they were married at the end of their first year.

While he initially chose to study Science at the Academy, Ethan quickly turned towards Medicine. He spent his four years at the Academy following the Doctor's preparation course and when the time came to join Starfleet Medical and begin the real Medical training, Ethan added a focus in Counseling - choosing to pursue his PhD in counseling in addition to his M.D. His professor's weren't exactly ecstatic about the idea, but knew it was his choice. While pursuing his PhD, he chose a path few did - Theology. Already being in possession of a Seminary degree, Ethan felt it only fitting the meld the two together like few had. Surely he wasn't the only person in Starfleet who felt the conflicting views of religion and science.

He completed his education at Starfleet Medical more than a year delayed from the expected date (considering his doubled focus), but the ceremony was bittersweet. Bethany, who had become a Science Officer aboard a Federation observatory upon their graduation from the Academy had been killed enroute to Sol by a Dominion Vessel who refused to yield passage to the Science ship, despite its mostly civilian crew and passengers. It was a stark reminder to Ethan of the fragility of life and the loss of his parents, that he had never known. Her death hit him hard, and he buried himself in his work.

Ethan joined the counseling Corps after a short sabbatical in Rome to quietly mourn and reflect on the loss of his wife. When he returned to the Fleet, he was assigned as a Counselor aboard the USS Archer. Ethan served for four years aboard the Archer, despite the somewhat hostile environment.

Aboard the Archer, Ethan found himself quickly at odds with the Chief Counselor. The Vulcan, despite his counselor's training, looked down on Ethan for his staunch belief in what he called, 'A Fool's Faith'. It was thoroughly disheartening to Ethan to see such blatant disregard for his own beliefs, but it only served to solidify his faith.

After his time aboard the Archer where nothing changed in his relationship with the Chief Counselor, despite his attempts to at least come to an amicable truce, Ethan transferred his commission to a mostly unknown team of researchers on Bajor who were assisting the locals in their own archaeological and anthropological heritage - officially known as the the Federations Attache to the Kai. He joined their team as the resident Theologian, spending his time with the new Kai and the various other prophets of note on the planet.

Having spent a few years furthering his own faith as well as that of his new Bajoran friends, Ethan felt it was time to return to the Fleet and offer his services again to the heart of Starfleet and so he sought out Vice Admiral Isfahani during a visit to Deep Space Nine in search of a new home within Starfleet.
Service Record Civilian Life:
2348 - Born enroute to Sol System. Both parents killed in Borg Attack. Adopted by Zanat th'Jor.

2363 - Enrolls at Seminary.

2365 - Graduates Seminary. Forgoes joining the Priest ranks in favor of Starfleet service.

Starfleet Academy:

2365 - Enrolls at Starfleet Academy - Pre-Medical focus.

2366 - Promoted at end of 1st Year.

2366(Summer) - Marries Bethany Jorgensen.

2367 - Promoted after 2nd Year at the Academy.

2368 - Promoted after 3rd Year at Academy.

2368 - Graduates Starfleet Academy.

Active Duty:

2368 - Enrolls at Starfleet Medical - Counseling/Medical.

2375 - Graduation from Starfleet Medical (Extended tenure due to double-major).

2375 - Death of Bethany Walker by Dominion forces, enroute to Starfleet Graduation.

2375 - Publishing of his PhD Dissertation: 'Theology in a Multi-Species Environment'

2375 - Transferred to the USS Archer - Counselor/Chaplain.

2379 - Transfer to Starfleet Diplomatic Office - Bajoran Embassy

2379 - Transferred to Bajor as special attache to the Kai.

2385 - Special commendation received on behalf of the Kai and the Bajoran Embassy for furthering the 'Faith and Strength' of the Bajoran people.

2386 - Transferred to USS Ardeshir - Ship's Chaplain/Counselor

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