Our Endorsed Chaplains
Tim Anderson - Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center
Tim became a Christ follower at age 38 while working as a district manager for Mazda North American Operations. He felt the Lord leading him out of sales to attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where the opportunity to pursue a hospital chaplaincy came to him. In 2011, Tim became a chaplain resident at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (TMC) in Houston, Texas and received a degree in Clinical Pastoral Education. In 2012, he became a staff chaplain and was promoted to staff chaplain II in 2015 at Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center - Hillcrest in Waco, Texas. His responsibilities include the areas of pre-surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, L&D, and NICU. His duties include prayer, chapel services, death protocol, advance directives, and trauma/code/stroke response. When on call, Tim covers the entire hospital. In March 2015, Tim received his Association of Professional Chaplains Board Certification.
Ken Grano - Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
Ken serves as hospice chaplain at the Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region - Main in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has always enjoyed encouraging others when facing difficult life situations, and therefore finds chaplaincy personally rewarding. In addition to chaplaincy, Ken is ordained by his church, The Gathering in Fort Mill, South Carolina, where he is involved in teaching. He also enjoys studying apologetics and philosophy. Ken completed a B.S. in ministry from Amridge University in May 2002. He received an M.A. in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary in May 2007 and an M.Div. in chaplaincy from Liberty University - School of Divinity in May 2012. He completed his chaplain internship in January 2007 and a chaplain residency at the Carolinas Medical Center.
Dennis Hickey - Seton Hospital
Dennis completed his CPE residency at Seton Hospital in Austin, Texas and is serving as Hospice chaplain. He completed an M. Div. from Columbia International University and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Landscape at Kansas State University. He was ordained by Berean Bible Church in Gardner, Kansas. He writes, “For 40 years I have served at multiple levels in Christian ministries, missions and pastoral leadership both in the States and throughout the world. A few years ago, I realized my responsibilities were primarily organizational and administrative. I found myself yearning to get back to the basics of helping people in direct ministry and being energized when I was able to do so. My experiences the past 8 months as a Chaplain Resident have been stretching, energizing and affirming. I believe I offer a unique combination of pastoral experience, theological reflection, cross-cultural experience, and personal passion to the patients I seek to serve. Dennis and his wife Carol have been married for 37 years and they have 3 adult children.
Matthew Hoffman - Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center
Matthew serves as the Strategy Coordinator at Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center in Texas, where he oversees thirteen hospitals and eighty-five clinics. He has over twenty years of pastoral care experience as a church planter, pastor, and hospital chaplain. Matthew received a B.S. in social sciences from the University of Houston in 1996 and an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2000. Matthew aided in the founding of the palliative care program, launched and managed a comprehensive hospital-wide bereavement care program, launched and facilitated a successful community-wide cancer support group, served as an oncology chaplain for a 400+ bed hospital, served on the hospital's interdisciplinary executive cancer committee, and is experienced in organizational management and administrative development.
Joe Ivie - Polk Regional Hospitals, FL / BayCare Health Systems BayCare | Winter Haven Hospital, BayCare | Winter Haven Women’s Hospital. BayCare | Bartow Regional Medical Center
Joe serves as the Manager of Spiritual Care for the Polk Region Hospitals (BayCare Health Systems) in Florida. He has an M.Div. from Regent University, ordained, and is Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Shortly after coming to know Christ, he was called to the pastoral ministry and served at several churches in Florida and Virginia over the years. Joe writes, “When I made the transition from the church pastorate to hospital chaplaincy, I was not leaving pastoral ministry. The people that I was ministering to in the hospital and some of the reasons they needed my ministry changed, but the clear call of the gospel did not. I have always viewed my call to hospital chaplaincy as a continuation of the ministerial and pastoral call. I strive to always be an example of grace and compassion to others, to provide presence and guidance, and to be ready with an answer for the hope that I have. In other words, I have continued my work and calling to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and keep him at the center of any ministry that I provide.” Joe and his wife, Jennifer are Military veterans. They have 5 children, 4 adult sons and a daughter in heaven.
Matthew LeTourneau - Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Matthew serves as a hospital chaplain at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems. Along with chaplaincy, Matthew serves in Broken Chains Fellowship, a ministry of InFaith, with InFaith missionary Jerry David. Matthew is pursuing Board Certification.
Katherine Fowler lovelace - Liberty HomeCare & Hospice
Katie serves as a Hospice chaplain at Liberty HomeCare & Hospice in Thomasville, North Carolina. Her calling to the chaplaincy involves a commitment to person-centered care, and she has been privileged to journey with people amid life’s transitions as a loving presence, spiritually encouraging them to use their faith to cope and move forward. She attends to people with wide-ranging losses and helps them negotiate the varied expressions and stages of grief. She walks alongside family members as their loved ones transition through different changes in their life, as well as supporting staff caregivers at the various facilities and her fellow Hospice team members who tirelessly care for residents/patients. She helps residents/patients and their family members turn toward faith for comfort, peace, and meaning at end of life and provides compassionate spiritual support and counseling in accordance with the resident/patient’s identified belief system. Katie completed a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Gardner-Webb University in May 2012 and was ordained in August 2014 by the Peoples Baptist Church in Kings Mountain, North Carolina “as investment markers on her call.” Katie writes, “Chaplaincy is my heart, and it is my desire to dedicate my life to this service while honoring the life and mission of Jesus Christ.” Katie is married to Josh and they have a son, Ayden.
Jai Mahtani - Spectrum Health
Jai and his wife, Esther, were born and raised on the island of Singapore, where they grew up as Hindu and Buddhist until their conversion to Christ in their teenage years. Jai completed his M.Div. at the Protestant Reformed Seminary in Grandville, Michigan, and his D. Min. at the Houston Graduate School of Theology. From 1986-2010, he served in four pastorates, both in Singapore and in the United States. Jai believes that the Lord has now called him to serve as a chaplain. He has served at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital and at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since 2017, he has served as the full-time Hospice chaplain at Spectrum Health. Jai renewed his ordination on August 1, 2020 through an InFaith church, Day Bible Chapel in Saranac, Michigan. Jai and Esther founded the ministry, Selah Trails in 2009.
Gabe Manis – Suncrest Hospice of The LHC Group, INC, Tennessee
Gabe is a Marine veteran and worked in law enforcement for 7 years before being called to serve in ministry and attend seminary full-time at Gardner-Webb University. He was ordained by Central Baptist Church in Johnson City, TN where he served as the Congregational Care Assistant before earning 7 CPE units at the Mountain Home VA Healthcare System, TN. Recently, Gabe became the head chaplain at Suncrest Hospice of the LHC Group, Inc and oversees 3 counties. Gabe is married to Sarah and they have 2 children.
Mike (Myron) McConville – South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Mike came to know Jesus as his Savior in 1989 as a high school student. A few years later, He was called to ministry while serving as an active duty Marine. This calling was later fulfilled through a career as a Navy chaplain. Mike writes, “Since 2004 I have lived out my faith in Christ through serving our Marines and Sailors as a chaplain. I lived out this calling by being a grace-filled, loving influence in their everyday lives. As a chaplain who has worked in institutional settings since 2004, I have long maintained the sense that I am a guest in someone else’s house. When I engage outwardly with my faith, I have learned how to do so in a friendly, winsome manner that avoids lightening rod issues that might damage my credibility.” Mike is continuing the chaplain ministry as a resident at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio, TX. He completed a D. Min. from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, an M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bethel University. He was ordained through the Missionary Church. Mike and his wife have been married for 26 years and have 3 children.
April McCullen - Dignity Health / St. Elizabeth Community Hospital
In 2004, after much work in the software/ corporate industry, April felt God leading her to move to Atlanta, Ga. In 2005, she gave up everything she owned to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and started her new journey. She began teaching technology information systems at Covenant Christian Academy, Loganville, Georgia and worked to help build Global Destiny Ministries. April is a Military veteran and served with the U.S. Army under the 48th Brigade, Afghanistan Deployment, where she worked as a reintegration specialist/chaplain candidate. She completed an undergraduate degree, BS – Technology Management in April 2004 from Herzing College, Atlanta, Georgia. In May 2014, she received a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Luther Rice University and Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia and a M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary in May 2015. She completed 4 units of CPE at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, as a Chaplain resident. April had worked as a clinical chaplain for over four years at St. Luke’s Regional Hospital in Boise, Idaho, where she assisted in establishing the Bereavement Committee for the Children’s Hospital, specializing in fetal and perinatal loss. Currently, April is Staff Hospital Chaplain at Dignity Health / St. Elizabeth Community Hospital Red Bluff, CA. April’s work in ministry has included bringing peace and diversity to rural communities, advocating for patient rights, and spiritual coaching for the broken and outcast. Her life’s verse is John 16. 33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”(NKJV) April is married to Thomas Michael-Edward McCullen. They have 2 daughters.
Unique E. McKibbens – McGuire VA Medical Center
Unique is currently conducting her CPE residency at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and is working towards board certification. She is involved in her church in youth and pastoral ministry and identifies chaplaincy as her call and dream. She writes: “Chaplaincy is the ministry of presence. I want to be the person who sits with people in their pain.” Unique has an M.Div. from Virginia Union University and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from the ROC School of Urban Ministry. Her husband, Terry, is a Navy Veteran.
Rev. Henry McLauren—New York Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center
Henry is currently a staff chaplain at New York-Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center in New York City and is working towards board certification. He has an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Wells College. He is the founding pastor of Anointed Grace Ministries, in New York City. Henry and his wife, Dietta, have a tremendous vision of reaching the hurting and broken people of New York City with the love of Jesus Christ.
Paul Mills – Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Army National Guard
Paul is a Marine veteran and has served in full-time pastoral leadership positions for 18 years. His most recent pastoral position was at The Journey Church in Hockessin, DE. With tremendous pastoral gifts and compassion for people, Paul is seeking direct accession as an ARNG chaplain as well as VA chaplaincy. He is currently serving as a Hospice chaplain at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in MD. Paul completed a seminary degree from Piedmont Seminary, a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Carolina University and has completed CPE units. Paul writes: “I love helping people, listening to them, and helping them no matter where they are in their lives. I am especially passionate about our military members and veterans who have served our great country. I want to help people know that God loves them and that through Jesus there is hope. Paul is married to Mindy and they have 2 daughters.
Doug Peterson - Truman Medical Center
Doug was born into a Lutheran family in Wisconsin and found himself subject to the Vietnam-era draft after leaving college, starting what would become a forty-year relationship with the U.S. military. Only after he entered the service (as a Russian linguist) did Doug encounter a gospel appeal through a Baptist outreach ministry, which brought him toward a spiritual awakening. After his discharge and a fling with Mormonism, the grace of God intervened, leading him back into the service as a Czech linguist. During a tour in Germany in the late '70s, the Lord brought Doug under the ministry of a missionary to the military community and confirmed in him evidence of the new birth through a personal trust in Jesus. Those deeply transformative years of spiritual growth led Doug to again leave active duty to pursue training for vocational Christian ministry. Doug completed his M.Div. at Grace Theological Seminary, and then returned to active duty in 1989 as an Army chaplain. Upon retirement (CH LT COL) in 2014, Doug sought follow-on ministry, which began in 2015 as a resident in Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Kansas Health System. He completed a second year CPE fellowship to develop approaches to pastoral care for organ transplant patients and their families, with a final unit focus on palliative care. In July 2017, Doug began a chaplain position with Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Andrae Lamar Ransom - Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Andrae serves as the evening full-time chaplain in addition to providing educational training and mentorship to new CPE residents at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare where he completed 2 years of CPE. He has an M.Div. in Healthcare from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Florida State University as well as Board Certified through the Spiritual Care Association. He writes, “My call to hospital chaplaincy arose out of my obedience to Jesus Christ in Matthew 9:35-38. As a follower and servant of our Lord he has gifted me with the ability to minister to those who are most vulnerable due to sickness, trauma, and grief.” Andrae was ordained in 2008 by the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship Ministries, Inc. in Sanford, Florida and served on their pastoral staff from 2011-2014. He is married to Angel and they have a 4-year old daughter.
Monica L. Rikli - UCHealth Memorial Hospital
Monica serves as an ICU staff chaplain at UC Health in Colorado Springs, CO. She has a MA from Denver Seminary in Counseling Ministries and Spiritual Formation, is ordained and Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) along with CM Certification. As a Hospital chaplain, Monica writes, “ I am called to go… as the hands and feet of Jesus, to people who are hurting, marginalized, and sick. To bring them the living, breathing, Word of God. I meet people often on the worst day of their life. I walk beside them and help remind them of where their hope and strength come from. I remind them to eat and sleep, and I help them be the voice of their loved ones who cannot talk. I am honored to walk along with our amazing medical staff as they provide great medical attention to our patients. I sit, or stand, or walk, with them as they grieve their own losses. I like crisis and trauma support. I like knowing that I am right where Jesus wants me to be for this moment. I seek to honor and glorify Him in every way, every day. I am not at all a perfect person, or perfect Christian, but I promised God that where He leads, I will follow, and when He asks, “Who will go?” I say, “I will go”.” Monica has been married to her husband Tom for 32 years.
Robert Tonkin – St. Vincent Ascension Hospital
Robert writes, “I love working as a hospital chaplain. For me the journey to hospital chaplaincy began with my own experience as a pediatric cancer patient out of which grew a heart present with others when they walk through difficult journeys. In chaplaincy, what seems like a bunch of random life experiences and gifts have come together for a holy purpose, being a representative of God’s grace, compassion, and love to the wounded, broken, anxious, and grieving patients in the hospital and to the staff who take care of them.”
As a hospital chaplain, Rob works with pediatrics through end of life care. He has an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Wooster College. He is currently a staff chaplain at St. Vincent Ascension, Evansville, Indiana and is working towards board certification. He was ordained by Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Fremont, Ohio.
Eric Bandy (CH 1LT) Army National Guard
Along with serving in the ARNG in North Carolina, Eric also serves with Samaritan’s Purse as a chaplain with Operation Heal our Patriots. He received his M. Div. from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary and received a Bachelor of Music from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI. He and his wife, Angie have served in ministry together for several years. Eric’s call to the military began when he was quite young. With several family members serving in the Vietnam War, he always felt a strong call to military service. In 2008, he was recruited to join the National Guard by the current Michigan Adjutant General. Eric writes, “I couldn’t shake the pull on my heart to do more to reach Soldiers, so in October 2011, I began my Master of Divinity at Liberty Theological Seminary, graduating in October 2015. In March 2019, I commissioned as a Michigan Army National Guard Chaplain. The whole process ended up taking 8 years, and there were so many times I was tempted to give up, but God just would not let me. With the high rates of divorce, suicide, sexual assault, and addiction among soldiers it’s a ripe mission field and unfortunately the workers are indeed few (Luke 10:2). I could not ignore the call of Jesus to “Go” (Matt. 28:18-20) and bring hope to these young men and women who are lost and hurting, serving in a very challenging environment.”
Brett Barner (CH CAPT) - Air Force Active Duty
Brett commissioned as a chaplain in 2014 in the Ohio Army National Guard and in 2019 re-branched into the Air Force as an active duty chaplain. He is currently serving at Kirkland AFB, New Mexico. He served as an Associate Pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Baptist Church in Canton, Ohio. He completed a bachelor’s degree from Massillon Baptist College in Theology and an M. Div. from Piedmont International University. Brett brings tremendous compassion, wisdom and a strong skill set to the Military Chaplaincy. Brett is married to Naomi and they have two children. Both Brett and Naomi grew up in the church and in very loving and supportive Christian families. Brett writes that he wanted to join the military when he was a Senior in High School, but he felt God’s calling to ministry. He never thought these two would lead to each other until during a chapel service at Massillon Baptist College, where he heard, for the first time, about the military’s Chaplain Corp. Attending a men’s retreat featuring military chaplains, he felt the calling to a life where he could serve others, God, and his country all at the same time.
Archer Glen Basuel (CH CAPT) - Army Reserves
Archer is currently serving as battalion chaplain for the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment at Fort Shafter, Honolulu, HI and previously served the 411th Engineer Battalion in Fort Shaffer, Honolulu, under the 9th Mission Support Command. Archer was born in the Philippines, where he grew up in a Christian home. He received Jesus as his personal Savior at the age of thirteen and surrendered to the ministry at the age of twenty after graduating from college with a political science degree. Archer enrolled at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and completed his M.Div. in 1991. Upon graduation, he accepted the call to join the pastoral staff of Tuguegarao Baptist Church in the Philippines. He was commissioned by his church to do church planting and missions with the Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in the Philippines and with other local and global mission organizations. In February 2005, Archer felt the call to move to the U.S. and become the senior pastor of Maui Philippine Baptist Church in Maui, Hawaii, where he served until 2011. He is currently serving as the senior pastor of Village Park Baptist Church in Waipahu, Hawaii. The decision to pursue the army chaplaincy is driven with a purpose of serving God through ministry to individuals who are willing to offer their lives for the sake of others. Archer believes that God's kingdom should be strengthened even in the fields of the U.S. Armed Forces. Soldiers, as peacemakers, need constant encouragement to be always at peace with God in order to be more efficient in their service to country and fellow men. He is married to Melanie and they have 2 children.
Kyle Beshears – Navy Reserves Chaplain
As an Air Force veteran (’03-’09), Kyle came to faith in our Lord Jesus during his enlistment. Since then, the Lord has done an incredible work in his life. He serves as instructor of Christian studies and associate dean of the School of Christian Studies at the University of Mobile, and teaching pastor at Mars Hill Church in Mobile, AL. He recently wrote a book, Apatheism: How to Share When They Don't Care, which was released March 2021. He completed a B.S. at Moody Bible Institute, M.R.E. at Liberty University, and a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in World Religions. Kyle commissioned to the Navy Chaplaincy, August 2020 Kyle writes, “Despite these amazing appointments, the call to chaplaincy had never dimmed. I continually sensed a clear calling to bear the Lord’s name well within the military community, to be a witness for the gospel to all, to provide pastoral care for brothers and sisters in our faith, and to counsel biblically any who desire the wisdom and guidance that only God can provide by his Spirit-empowered word. The Holy Spirit has molded my heart to desire the sanctification of myself and His people, and to yearn for the regeneration of the lost. I know the military community: its challenges, stresses, and crevasses of darkness. Our service members navigate through a milieu of ethical dilemmas, PTSD, and marital and family stress. For believers, it can be a time of disorientation. For unbelievers, it is a season ripe for asking the deepest questions of purpose and meaning in life. I want to be a light for the Lord Jesus Christ; I know that he has given me this mission.” Kyle is married to Heather, and they have a daughter, Whitney Grace.
Brady Bolen – Army Chaplain Candidate Applicant
Brady is currently serving Active Duty at 7th Special Forces Group at Elgin, FL as a Religious Affairs Specialist. He completed a BS degree in Youth Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and will begin an M. Div. degree at Dallas Theological Seminary, August 2021. He and his wife, Katie, are attending Destiny Christian Church in Florida where they are involved with youth ministries and small group Bible studies. Brady writes, “Working as a Religious Affairs Specialist (Chaplain Assistant) in the US Army has placed me in the unique position to be surrounded by chaplains and other deeply spiritual individuals on a daily basis. These influential leaders took me under their wing and helped me focus on the path God has for my life. It was through prayer, fasting, and seeking wise council that I was able to clearly see that God is leading me towards Army Chaplaincy.”
David Brooks (CH 1LT) - Army National Guard
David Brooks was endorsed for Military chaplaincy in May of 2017 and is a native of North Carolina. He received accession to Military Chaplaincy in the Army National Guard in April of 2018. He is currently serving First Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia along with working in a clinical role. He has a M.Div. from Gardner-Webb University in addition to an MA in Mental Health Counseling. He was ordained by First Baptist Church of Bristol, Virginia in November of 2016.
James Campbell (CH CAPT) - Texas Army National Guard
James is currently serving in the Texas Army National Guard as a Military Chaplain. He has completed a BA in Spanish from Texas Tech University and a M.Div. from Liberty University. He was ordained by his home church, University Avenue Church of Christ, where he serves as the Military Outreach Minister to the Texas Army National Guardsmen in the Austin and San Antonio Texas area. James writes: "God has a plan for everyone's life. He has provided me with opportunities and allowed me to develop as a warrior for His purposes. I know what it is like to be an infantry private, a sergeant, and an officer. I know the uniqueness of each position and it has helped to plant the seed into a soldier's heart. I love soldiers and their families and I want to see them flourish in Christ. In many respects, I will be the only light of Christ that many of my soldiers will ever witness. It is a huge responsibility and I understand its magnitude, but God will give me the strength to continue on."
Travis Dalsis (CH CAPT) - Army Active Duty
Travis received appointment as an Army Active Duty Military Chaplain in August of 2017 after serving as an Army Reservist chaplain and chaplain candidate and was selected to serve one summer at West Point as a chaplain candidate. He is currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC after recently serving at Fort Polk, LA. He received his M.Div. with pastoral emphasis from Moody Theological Seminary and was granted the distinguished expository preaching/homiletics award. He completed a CPE residency at St. Vincent's Medical Center and served as a Hospital Chaplain in addition to serving as campus pastor at Friendship Church in Shelby Township, Michigan before receiving accession to Active Duty Chaplaincy. Travis is married to Leah and they have 2 children.
Michelle Dieters (capt) - Air Force Reserves
Michelle was selected by the Air Force Reserve Command Chaplaincy to serve as a chaplain at Travis AFB, CA. She will begin a CPE program at Emory Health and plans to begin her doctorate after CPE. She completed an M. Div. from Liberty Theological Baptist Seminary and was ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. She is currently serving in a pastoral mentorship with CH MAJ Donny Crandell at the Faith Community Church in Cold Springs, Nevada. Michelle has ministry experience in both military and civilian life in Celebrate Recovery, Marriage Ministry, Discipleship, and church leadership. She works as a Civilian for the Air National Guard, DOD as Program Manager.
Michelle and her husband Gene have 2 children.
Jason Garlock (CH CPT) - Army Active Duty
Jason received accession into active duty Army military chaplaincy in June 2015. He was called to the ministry as a senior in high school, and God gave him the opportunity to serve in the military. By delaying service for educational opportunities, Jason was able to pursue other passions in ministry, like youth ministry and hospital chaplaincy. Currently, Jason serves in the Aviation Combat Unit in Hawaii and previously the 1/502nd Infantry Regiment to over 750 soldiers and their families at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. His next assignment will be Fort Benning GA. As an Army chaplain, Jason is completely embedded in the lives of these soldiers, operating as both a peer and a pastor. Jason is married to Kayla and they have 3 children.
Joshua Grimes (CH MAJ) - Army Active Duty
Josh's call to military chaplaincy was one of several "steppingstones". While he gave his life to Christ during his junior year of high school, the aspiration to enter vocational ministry did not occur until his final years of college. Attending Texas Christian University by way of an Army ROTC scholarship, a series of experiences with a campus ministry and his local church led Josh to consider chaplaincy as the course for which God was preparing him. After receiving approval for an education delay, Josh entered the chaplain candidate program and completed a Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. While there, he interned in a local church in the pastoral care and young adult ministry departments. These experiences were transformational in preparing Josh's heart to serve soldiers and their families and fostered a love for the local church having served a two-year church plant residency with the Soma Churches, Washington. Josh entered the army chaplaincy in 2009, serving first at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and then at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Washington and Fort Hood. His next assignment will be Fort Leavenworth, KS as an Ethics Instructor, and chaplain. Josh will be completing an EdD soon. Josh is married to Mary-Catherine and they have four children.
William Paul Hand - Mississippi Army National Guard Chaplain Applicant
Paul Hand will serve in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was ordained in 2012 by Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon, MS along with completing an M. Div. from New Orleans Baptist Seminary in 2015. He has served in church pastoral roles since 2011 and is now the senior pastor at Lake Como Baptist Church in Bay Springs, MS. He and his wife, Melinda, have led marriage conferences and retreats for several years. He served as an enlisted soldier in the National Guard for 10 ten years and is looking forward to return as a chaplain. He writes, “I love the Army and can’t wait to be back serving our country as well as ministering to the young men and women serving as well! The ministry opportunities are endless!”
Pamela Hartsell - (CH CPT) Air Force Reserves
Pam dedicated her life to Christ at the age of thirteen, and soon after became an active participant in her community church. While serving in the 174th ATKW, the need for chaplains in that wing was brought to her attention. Sensing God calling her to this ministry, she applied to Liberty University's chaplaincy program. Pam graduated from Liberty Theological Baptist Seminary in August 2015 and became ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. In July of 2018, she was appointed to Military Chaplaincy in the Air Force Reserves and is serving the 914th Air Force Reserve Unit in Niagara Falls. She looks forward to applying her skills and talents to minister to soldiers, fulfilling her spiritual goals while also providing a patriotic service to her country. Pam is married to Jason and they have four children.
Benjamin King – (1LT CH) Air Force Reservist
Ben is serving as a USAF Reservist chaplain and has been the full-time Associate Pastor of Kingston Christian Church in Kingston, WA for 10 years. He completed an M. Div. from Western Seminary and a B.S. in Worship Arts from Corban University. He is a gifted pastor and musician. Ben writes, "I sense God's pleasure when I am with the airmen in the 446AW and love being able to impact people for Jesus and bring hope to hurting people." Ben is married to Shannon and they have 2 young children.
Andrew Lawson – Air Force Reserves Chaplain Candidate
Andy began to discern his call to military chaplaincy while enrolled in the Master of Ministry program at Grace School of Theology. He is applying to the Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program. He is currently enrolled in the M. Div. degree program at Grace School of Theology and completed a Master' of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from the same school. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University and a B. S. in Psychology in Counseling and Criminal Justice from King University in Bristol, TN. Andrew's job experience has been immersed in education (Knox County Schools, TN), Family Counseling, CPE Intern and Ballard Health Chaplain, Adjunct professor and an Additions Group Leader with Fireproof Ministries along with several years in lay pastoral ministry at the Christian Fellowship Center in Knoxville, TN. He is married to Lesslie who is also involved in ministry and foster care.
Brooks Linde (CH MAJ) - Army National Guard
Brooks graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary with a M.Div. and Th.M. and was ordained by Linebrook Church in Ipswich, MA. He serves as the chaplain of the 133rd Engineer Battalion for the Maine Army National Guard. He teaches in a Christian school and previously served as the senior pastor of Lamoine Baptist Church in Lamoine, ME. Brooks is married to Coleen and they have three children.
Andrew Mahoney (CH CAPT) - Iowa Air National Guard
Andrew serves as Senior Pastor of Meriden Evangelical Free Church and is a chaplain in the Iowa Air National Guard. He graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary in May 2012 with an M.Div. and Northwestern College in 2008 with a BS degree in Religion. He was ordained by Christ Community Church in Beaumont, Texas in 2015. Andrew is married to Jena and they have three children. Andrew writes, “My goal in life is to serve Jesus Christ in every conceivable way possible, knowing that I will fall short, aka Peter, but relying on his grace and its sufficiency for all things in my life.”
David Meyer (CH LT COL) - Army Active Duty
Dave was InFaith's first endorsed military chaplain. He has been serving in the Army for over twenty-five years: first as a reserve chaplain assistant, then as a reserve chaplain, and since January 2003 as an active-duty chaplain. He has served units at Fort Bragg, FT Polk, Elgin AFB, Florida with the Green Beret SF, Fort Riley and currently Wiesbaden Germany where he is the Plans, Operations and Training chaplain for the US Army Europe (USAEUR). Dave is married to Katherine and they have two children.
Travis Moen (CH CAPT) - Army Active Duty
Travis felt a calling to ministry when he joined the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M, where he matured under the mentorship of a Christian upperclassman. Travis joined the U.S. Army as an armor officer after graduating college. His four-year service included one deployment to Iraq, where he discovered that full-time ministry was his calling. Travis began studying at Dallas Theological Seminary, preaching in a small retirement home and making pastoral visits to a nearby hospital at the same time. These experiences led him to the position as pastor of Bible Fellowship Church in Dighton, Kansas. With a passion for soldiers and a heart to take care of their spiritual needs, Travis returned to the service as a military chaplain and received accession to military chaplaincy in February 2015. He served at Fort Bragg and is now stationed at Elgin AFB. Travis is married to Kim and they have 3 children.
John Matthew Mooney (CH CAPT, BBC) - Montana Army National Guard
John's military career began in January 2009 with a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant into the chaplain candidate program. Currently, he serves the Montana Army National Guard moving there in 2019. On October 20, 2011 he was appointed as a chaplain in the Texas Army National Guard. Along with military and hospital chaplaincy, John was the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Vidor, Texas. As senior pastor, he encouraged the congregation through Christ-centered spiritual leadership, preaching, teaching, and leading by example as a moral compass. John is a licensed and ordained pastor from Wolfe City, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M Commerce and received a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and M.Div. from Truett Seminary at Baylor University. John writes, "My family and I are excited about where we are in our journey of life and excited about the possibilities of where God may call us."
Florence Moss (CH CPT) - Army Reserves
Florence has honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserves since 1996 and has been a Christian her entire life. Her decision to pursue the Army chaplaincy was a proactive approach in building the kingdom of God while continuing her military service. Florence has an M.Div. from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary, an MBA in business administration from the University of Phoenix, a B.S. in recreation, parks and tourism from the University of Florida, and an A.S. in communications/journalism from Miami Dade College. She completed the Army's combat medical ministry course and the clinical pastoral education extern program at the Madigan Army Medical Center and a CPE residency at CHI Health in Omaha, NE. She was assigned to USAR Battalion Chaplain, 393rd Military Police Battalion (CID), Bell, California and is now the Battalion Chaplain for the 724th MP Bn in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Danielle Poston - Navy
Danielle completed both a BA in Religion and M. Div. from Liberty University _ Rawlings School of Divinity and was ordained by New Heart Gathering in Charleston, SC. She has served in various ministries both professionally and as a volunteer in areas such as youth, hospice care, family and special needs children and is a Tricare Certified ABA Therapist. Danielle has an adopted son.
Steve Richardson (CH CPT) - Air Force Active Duty
Steven’s relationship with God began at the age of thirteen, but he felt a true call to ministry in 2004 as a student at Liberty University. This call was solidified through his seminary education (M.Div.), which he completed in August 2015, sensing a specific call to chaplaincy ministry in 2013. Steve was ordained and licensed by Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His experience with men's discipleship and his work in the healthcare industry along with Hospice chaplaincy has uniquely prepared him for a life of service as a Military Chaplain. In June of 2018, he was appointed to serve as an active duty Air Force Military Chaplain. Steve is married to Stephanie and they have 2 children, Luke and Lydia.
Mark Sadaka (CH CAPT) - Arkansas Army National Guard
Mark serves as a chaplain in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He is ordained and received his D. Min. degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in addition to a M.Div. degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA in Bible/Theology from Central Bible College. He has been on staff at New Covenant Academy of Springfield, MO for 9 years where he serves as Bible teacher and Bible Department chair. He is a very gifted and relational teacher to his high school students. Mark served in the Army National Guard for 6 years and returned in 2018 as a Military chaplain to serve, pastor and counsel the soldiers in his unit. Mark writes, “I have walked in the shoes of the soldiers I am wishing to serve. I know what many of them and their families will face when being deployed and want to be there to assist in any way that I can. My focus in doctoral studies was how to help the millennial generation become and stay active in church in a post-secondary educational world. I would like to use what I have learned in the lives of the soldiers that would be entrusted to me.” Mark is married to Stacey and they have four children.
Jacob Santiago – Air Force Chaplain Candidate Applicant
Jacob is seeking to enter the Air Force Chaplain Candidate Program. He is an active-duty Air Force veteran and currently serves in the Air Force Reserves. He is enrolled in the M. Div. program at Moody Theological Seminary and has completed an MBA and a Master's in Biblical Studies. Jacob has a strong pastoral / leadership identity and co-founded a church in Chicago called CityGate. There he serves on the Worship Team, Men's Ministry, Mentor Ministry along with preaching during Sunday Worship services. He loves people; discipling and "pouring himself into others.” He writes, “While serving active-duty, I witnessed the great work and impact of the Chaplain Corps and was able to serve on the worship team at Maxwell AFB and Scott AFB. My heart jumps for joy at the idea of combining ministry to the Lord and service to my country and fellow servicemembers.”
Jonathan Shour (CH CAPT) - Air Force Active Duty
Jonathan left home to serve in the Air Force in 2005 and spent six years serving in California, Texas, and Maryland. During that time, he saw Chaplains first-hand and enjoyed both learning from them and benefitting from their guidance during his time as an enlisted Airman. It was from a chaplain's prodding that Jonathan began pursuing his education in order to become a military chaplain. Jonathan received his B.A. in Ministry: Counseling for Christian Ministries, from Nazarene Bible College in 2011, a M.Div. at Multnomah Bible Seminary, and received ordination from Real Life Ministries, Post Falls, Idaho in November 2016. Jon served as an IMA chaplain to the 341st MW, Malstrom AFB, Montana before being reappointed to Active Duty Air Force Chaplaincy in May of 2018. He is currently serving at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. He is married to Rebecca and they have 3 children.
Tyler R. Stauffer (CH CPT) - Iowa Army National Guard
Tyler writes, “As a follower of Jesus, he led me to the military nearly nine years ago. Through those years of service, I grew to love Soldiers and became a sort of pastor-in-the-ranks as I served as a Combat Medic. After 5 years God called me to a more intentional, large-scale ministry in the Chaplain Corps. I commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate in 2015 and accessed to chaplain in 2019. I love Soldiers, and I long for them to hear and understand the Gospel. My goal is to exemplify Christ to them and be a catalyst for redemptive community in the military, as God has called me to do, for his glory.” Along with Military chaplaincy, Tyler recently became Associate Pastor of Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in Meriden, Iowa. He completed his M. Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in December 2018. He is married to Brielle and they have 3 children.
Joshua Twiest (CH CPT) Michigan Army National Guard
Joshua writes, “ I am a man called by God to bring light to the darkness wherever He calls me. This has led me down the path to becoming a Chaplain with the Michigan Army National Guard as a full-time state support Chaplain, and a Battalion Chaplain. I value moderation over abstinence and relationship over divisiveness.” Joshua is ordained by Belmont Baptist Church and has an MA in Counseling through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary along with being a licensed counselor (LLPC) working for the Joe Martino Counseling Network. He served as a Youth Pastor for 8 years at Belmont Baptist Church and now serves as an Elder. Joshua is married to Lisa and they have 3 children.
Todd Wilson – Air Force Reserves Chaplain Applicant
Todd was ordained by the College Church at Wheaton and served both in associate and senior pastorates for 15 years which gave him a vast range of experiences in ministry and leadership, with people from all walks of life and in every kind of personal and familial situations. In 2018, he transitioned out of pastoring full-time to be the executive director of the Center for Pastor Theologians, which he co-founded 12 years ago. He has a BA in Philosophy and MA in Biblical studies from Wheaton and a PhD from Cambridge University. He will complete an MBA in 2021 from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. With a strong sense of pastoral calling and leadership along with a passion for public service, Todd is eager to express this calling and passion in the Military as an Air Force Reserve Chaplain. He is married to Katie. They have 7 children; 3 biological children and 4 adopted children from Ethiopia.
Calvin Woolard - Army Chaplain Candidate applicant
Calvin is seeking to enter the Army’s Chaplain Candidate Program for the North Carolina Army National Guard. He’s been serving as an Army Active-Duty Dental Specialist in the North Carolina National Guard since 2008 and spent 2 years in the Military Funeral Honors operation program. He is enrolled at Howard University as an M. Div. student and is the Youth Ministry Leader, Head of Outreach Ministry and a minister at Kingdom Life Community Church in Washington, NC. Calvin writes, “I contend that the Army Chaplaincy will give me the opportunity to use my life experiences to better serve and minister to my fellow soldiers and their families. Being a soldier myself, I know firsthand the many hardships and difficulty we can face.” Calvin is married to Larissa and they have 2 young sons.
Jeff Yoder – Army National Guard Chaplain
“I spilled my guts to a chaplain once. He listened to me and now…I think I’m ok.” Written in a clinical note by a Military Sexual Trauma (MST) specialist at the James H. Quillen VAMC, this simple sentence uttered by a former rough-and-tumble Marine grossly understates the healing that occurred that day. His story of finding forgiveness and grace, and many stories like his, have served as trail markers on my path to military chaplaincy,” writes Jeff. During that 3 years of CPE serving Veterans, I grew professionally, personally, but more importantly, I grew a heart for soldiers. Jeff completed an M. Div. at Emmanuel Christian Seminary and was ordained for ministry by The Rock Fellowship Church in addition to earning 10 units of CPE at the James H. Quillen VAMC. Currently, he serves as a Chrysalis Community Spiritual Director and interim pastor of The Rock Fellowship Church. Jeff received accession to ARNG chaplaincy during the November 2020 Accession Boards. He will serve as a Military chaplain in the TNARNG. He is married to Tosha and they have 3 children.