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 applying for Hospital chaplain positions. 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.
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 - Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
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 Protest 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. To gain experience in this field, he has been working as a part-time chaplain at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital and at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2017, Jai became the Associate Director of The Shepherd’s Way of The Institute of Reformed Biblical Counseling. Jai and Esther founded the ministry, Selah Trails in 2009.
April McCullen - Providence Hospital
After working in the software/corporate industry for many years, April felt God leading her to a new chapter in her life. She began teaching technology information systems at Covenant Christian Academy, and worked in the effort to help build Global Destiny Ministries. After her second year of teaching in youth ministry, April was called to serve her country in a full-time capacity with the U.S. Army under the 48th Brigade, Afghanistan Deployment, where she worked as a reintegration specialist/chaplain candidate. April completed a B.S. in Technology Management from Herzing College, an M.A. in Christian Counseling from Luther Rice University, and an M.Div. from Luther Rice Seminary. She completed four units of CPE at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, as a chaplain resident. April is currently staff hospital chaplain at Providence Hospital in Seaside, Oregon. April worked as a clinical chaplain for over four years at St. Luke's Regional Hospital, where she assisted in establishing the bereavement committee for the children's hospital, specializing in fetal and perinatal loss. 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.
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.
Eric Bandy (CH 1LT) Army National Guard
Along with serving in the ARNG in North Carolina, Eric also serves as Campus Pastor at the Port City Community Church in Jacksonville, NC. 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 CPT) - Ohio Army National Guard serving at Fort Bragg
Brett commissioned as a chaplain in 2014 in the Ohio Army National Guard. He also served as Associate Pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Baptist Church in Canton, Ohio before his deployment to Jordan and his current appointment at Fort Bragg. 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. He is currently completing his packet for Air Force Active Duty Chaplaincy. Brett has been married to Naomi for 10 years and they have two wonderful children ages 6 and 3. 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 CPT) - Army Reserves
Archer is serving as battalion chaplain for 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.
Kyle Beshears - Air Force Reserves Chaplain applicant
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 currently serves as a Teaching Pastor at Mars Hill Church in Mobile, AL and is an Assistant Professor at The University of Mobile in the School of Christian Studies. He completed a B.S. at Moody Bible Institute, M.R.E. at Liberty University, and is a Ph.D. candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in World Religions. Kyle writes, “Despite these amazing appointments, the call to chaplaincy has never dimmed. I continually sense 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.” He is married to Heather, and in response to a clear call from God, they are currently pursuing adoption.
Bill Berry (CH MAJ) - Arkansas Army National Guard
Bill became planter/pastor of Sovereign Grace Church Northwest Arkansas (www.sgcnwa.com) in 2017 along with serving as Brigade Chaplain for the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade. He holds degrees from Liberty Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of Sovereign Grace Churches Pastors College. He is hoping to pursue his D.Min. at Covenant Theological Seminary. Prior to the planting of Sovereign Grace Church, Bill pastored churches in Arkansas and Texas. He also spent time as Chaplain in the US Army Reserves and as an Active National Guardsman. He and his wife Jennilee have been married for 13 years and have six children. Bill enjoys anything outdoors, the Arkansas/Mississippi delta, and playing sports with his boys.
David Brooks - 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 CPT) - Army Active Duty
Travis received appointment as an Army Active Duty Military Chaplain in August of 2017 after serving as an Army Reservist chaplain. In May 2012, InFaith endorsed Travis as a chaplain candidate. Travis was selected to serve one summer at West Point as a chaplain candidate. He received his M.Div. with pastoral emphasis from Moody Theological Seminary in April 2016, and received an award for distinguished expository preaching/homiletics. 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.
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. Jason serves in the 1/502nd Infantry Regiment to over 750 soldiers and their families at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. As an Army chaplain, Jason is completely embedded in the lives of these soldiers, operating as both a peer and a pastor.
Kurt Geib (CH MAJ) - National Guard Bureau Active Duty
Kurt is serving a three year active duty tour at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. He has served in the Army National Guard for over twenty years, and was drawn to the opportunity to truly care for people and their needs through chaplaincy. Kurt has a B.A. in English from Shippensburg University, a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College, and a Masters of Religious Education, chaplaincy concentration, from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. At the time of his call to chaplaincy, Kurt was ministering at The Fold Family Ministries, a residential outreach to teens in Vermont. Because income was tight, he decided to go back in the Army National Guard. With his education and experience, he was directed to the chaplain candidate program. Kurt was accessioned the day his battalion left for Afghanistan, and he was able to join and minister to the infantrymen he had grown to love fondly. In addition to the ARNG, Kurt has served in the pastorate and taught at the Carson Long Military Institute.
Joshua Grimes (CH MAJ) - Army Active Duty
Josh's call to military chaplaincy was one of several "stepping stones". 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 also 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. Josh is married to Mary-Catherine and they have three 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!”
Pam Hartsell - (CH 2 LT) U.S. Air Force
Pam dedicated her life to Christ at the age of thirteen, and soon after became an active participant in her community church. She is currently a member of the 174th ATKW, and 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. 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 five children.
Brooks Linde (CH CPT) - Army National Guard
Please welcome CH (CPT) Brooks Linde as an InFaith endorsed Military Chaplaincy in the Army National Guard. He 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. In addition, he is the senior pastor of Lamoine Baptist Church in Lamoine, ME. He is married to Colleen and they have three young children.
Andrew Mahoney - Iowa Air National Guard
Andrew Mahoney 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. He is the founder of Midwest Spiritual Care and is the Hospice Chaplain for the regional area of Sioux land. He is seeking military chaplaincy in the Iowa Air National Guard. He is married to Jena, who is a hospice nurse, and they have two 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
David 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 and Fort Riley. Dave is married to Katherine and they have two children.
Travis Moen (CH CPT) - 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 in 2008, and began 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. He was endorsed in June 2014 as an Army Regular Commissioned Officer chaplain, and received accession in military chaplaincy in February 2015. He is currently serving at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
John Matthew Mooney - BCC (CH CAPT)
John's military career began in January 2009 with a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant into the chaplain candidate program. On October 20, 2011 he was appointed as a chaplain in the Texas Army National Guard. Along with military and hospital chaplaincy, John is the senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Vidor, Texas. As senior pastor, he encourages 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's 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 2 LT) - 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. She received accession to the USAR in February 2015. 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 was ordained for ministry on May 31, 2017. She recently completed the Army's combat medical ministry course and the clinical pastoral education extern program at the Madigan Army Medical Center. In addition, she is the executive pastor of Greater Trinity Church in Everett, Washington.
Ezra Robinson - Air Force Reservist chapalin candidate
Ezra Robinson is seeking to enter the Air Force chaplain candidate program. He received his BA in Interdisciplinary-Intercultural/Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute in 2013. After graduation, he and his wife, Elizabeth (also, a Moody graduate) moved to Cambodia to teach at a Christian school for four years. They returned to the States in 2017 so Ezra could begin his M. Div. degree at Moody Theological Seminary. They are involved in ministry both at church and school. Ezra is married to Elizabeth and they have two children.
William Justin Roper - Air Force Reservist chaplain applicant
Justin served as Pastor of Student Ministries’ for the last 10 years at Calvary Church and Hickory Grove Baptist Church and is currently the pastor of Charlotte Awake in Charlotte, NC. He was ordained by Calvary Church of Charlotte, NC and received his M.Div. from the Reformed Theological Seminary along with a B.S. in History from Appalachian State University. Justin writes, “As a kid my dream was to be a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force and to attend the United States Air Force Academy. My life in middle and early high school was consumed with receiving an appointment and endorsement to attend the USAFA, but at the same time believed the Lord has called me to be a pastor. So, my Junior year of high school I decided to no longer pursue the USAFA, and to be a full-time vocational pastor, and have been in full-time ministry for the past fourteen years in some capacity. However, my heart and love for the military has never waned.” Justin is married to Jenna and they have 3 children.
Steve Richardson - (CH 1LT) U.S. Active Duty Air Force
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 - Arkansas Army National Guard
Mark Sadaka is seeking Military Chaplaincy in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He was ordained in June 2018 and received his D. Min. degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2018 in addition to a M.Div. degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in October 2013 and a BA in Bible/Theology from Central Bible College in April 2009. 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 Military in the Army National Guard for 6 years and is returning 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.
Jonathan Shour - (CH CAPT) U.S. Active Duty Air Force
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.
Tyler R. Stauffer - Illinois Army National Guard Chaplain Candidate
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 have been serving as a minister to Soldiers ever since. 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 and will continue to serve in the ARNG. He is married to Brielle and they have 2 children.