Chaplain Ministries Staff Bios


Doug Lee, Director

Gary Hitzfeld, Administrative Assistant

David Tubley, Associate Director

Mack Griffith, Associate Director

Del Farris, Associate Director


Executive Director
Presbyterian and Reformed Commission
For Chaplain and Military Personnel (PRCC)
MNA Chaplain Ministries Director

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Douglas E. Lee was born and reared in Minneapolis, MN.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Radio and TV Production from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO. After graduating from seminary, Chaplain Lee served 16 years as a Presbyterian pastor in three churches. He also served as an Army chaplain for over 30 years – 15 years in the Reserve Components; 15 of them on Active Duty.  Doug retired from the Army in September 2008 and now serves as the Executive Director of the Presbyterian and Reformed Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel (PRCC).

Chaplain and Mrs. (Nancy) Lee live in Marriottsville, MD and are the proud parents of four children, and fifteen grandchildren.

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Douglas E. Lee was born and reared in Minneapolis, MN.  He received his Bachelors Degree in Radio and TV Production from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.

After graduating from seminary, he served as a Presbyterian pastor for 16 years in Florida, Washington, and Minnesota. While in Washington he was selected for a chaplain commission in the Washington State Army National Guard in and later transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve.

During the years 1977-1989, Chaplain Lee served in several Reserve Components assignments: Army National Guard – 81st Mechanized Infantry Brigade; US Army Reserve – 174th General Support Group, 457th Transportation Battalion, 103d Corps Support Command, 56th Material Movement Command, and the 302d Maintenance Battalion.  In 1989, he was selected to serve on Active Duty in the Army Active/Guard Reserve program.  His first assignment was as the Recruiting Chaplain for Second U.S. Army, Atlanta, GA.   In 1992, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Reserve Command, Ft. McPherson, GA, as the Chief, Plans/Policies/Operations chaplain.   In June of 1998, Chaplain Lee graduated from the Army War College at Carlisle, PA, after which he received orders back to the U.S. Army Reserve Command as the Command Chaplain. In July 2004 he became the Army Chief of Chaplains Director, Reserve Components Integration, Arlington, VA. In October 2005 he assumed the duties of the Army Assistant Chief of Chaplains for Mobilization and Readiness. After almost 31 years he retired from the Army on 1 Oct 2008.

His military education includes the Army Chaplain Basic and Advanced Courses, Command and General Staff Course, Air Assault School, and the Army War College. He is also a graduate of the Air Force Air War College.

Chaplain Lee’s awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 20 year device), the Army Reserve Components Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Air Assault Badge. He is authorized to wear the Pentagon Army Staff Identification Badge.

Chaplain Lee currently serves as the Endorser for the seven denominations of the PRCC.

Chaplain and Mrs. (Nancy) Lee live in Marriottsville, MD and are the proud parents of four children, and fifteen grandchildren.

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RE Gary Hitzfeld
MNA Chaplain Ministries/PRCC Administrative Assistant

Gary was born in Alice, TX on December 15, 1947. He resided in Texas until 1984, when his work in financial management with regional department stores took him to Des Moines, IA as Controller for Younkers. He met and married his wife Diane in 1987. They received Christ the same year and soon afterward, the Lord took them to Hattiesburg, MS for employment. By an act of providence, they stepped into the wrong church building one Sunday morning, and (now PCA Stated Clerk) L. Roy Taylor was used by God to help them find their church home in the PCA.

The Lord called Gary and Diane to full-time administrative ministry at a missions conference at First Presbyterian Church where Gary was ordained an Elder, having served previously as Chairman of the Diaconate. In 1999, they sold their home in Hattiesburg and moved to the Atlanta, GA area, raising support to work for Dr. Archie Parrish and Serve International, Inc. The Hitzfelds helped Dr. Parrish develop the Kingdom Campaign Prayer Training materials (, and Gary assisted with prayer conferences around the country.

Gary’s assistance to Archie included the church revitalization ministry of MNA. When Archie retired as MNA Coordinator for Church Vitality, Dave Peterson hired Gary in 2004 as Administrative Assistant for MNA Chaplain Ministries,.

Gary and Diane have relocated to a small ranch outside of Cuero, TX, near San Antonio. Diane is the Communications Director for Desire Street Ministries, and in their free time, they enjoy their dogs, cats, and Arabian horses. They are members of Christ PCA in Victoria, TX.

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CDR David A Tubley, CHC, USN, RET
PRCC Associate Director
MNA Chaplain Ministries Associate Director, Military Chaplaincy

Chaplain Tubley was born on 27 March 1954 in San Diego, California.  The son of a career Marine Corps officer, he moved eighteen times in twenty years, growing up in California, Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Spain.  Attending four high schools in four years, he graduated from Jacksonville Senior High School in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Following high school Chaplain Tubley entered Oberlin College in Ohio, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in philosophy.  He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and did post graduate work in Organizational Management at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He earned a Masters in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Prior to entering the Navy, Chaplain Tubley was a campus minister with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, worked in two Fortune 500 corporations, served as an associate pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and was a staff chaplain at a Level I trauma center in Orlando, Florida.

Chaplain Tubley’s duty as a Navy Chaplain includes tours with First Battalion First Marines Camp Pendleton, California; First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Camp Pendleton, California; Naval Station Rota, Spain; First Battalion Tenth Marines Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Headquarters Battalion Second Marine Division Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

During his tour in Coast Guard District 17 Juneau, Alaska, Chaplain Tubley designed a resiliency enhancement curriculum utilized with all 2200 Coast Guard personnel in Alaska from 2001 to 2004.

While with the Spiritual Fitness Division (CREDO) Navy Region Northwest Bremerton, Washington, Chaplain Tubley conducted spiritual enhancement, personal growth and marriage enrichment retreats for Navy personnel in the greater Washington state from 2004-2007.

In 2006, in conjunction with 6 Seconds, Chaplain Tubley designed, developed, and delivered a Professional Development Training Workshop, the “Inside Path to Change,” on organizational change and emotional intelligence.  More than 25 instructors were trained by Chaplain Tubley to deliver this workshop to 900 Navy Chaplains worldwide.

In 2007, Chaplain Tubley served as the representative of the Naval Chaplain School in designing and developing a week long follow-on course to the 2006 workshop.  The “Ministry Tools for Times of Change” delivered by 6 Seconds personnel focused on advanced skills for chaplains as change agents within the Navy.

From 2007 to 2009 Chaplain Tubley was a member of the pre-commissioning crew of the USS MAKIN ISLAND (LHD-8), setting up all the spiritual and religious programs aboard this new ship and  caring for its 1,000 member crew.

In 2009 Chaplain Tubley reported in as Director of the Professional Development Naval Chaplaincy School and Center in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to oversee the design, development, and delivery of all Navy Chaplain Professional Development Training Courses and Workshops worldwide.

His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 gold stars), the Navy Commendation Medal (w/2 gold stars), and an Air Force Achievement Medal.  Chaplain Tubley was the 2003 Coast Guard recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Chaplains Association.

Chaplain Tubley is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.  He is married to the former Alice Grace Rice of Tulsa. Oklahoma.  Chaplain and Mrs. Tubley have two sons, Andrew and Peter.  They currently reside in Mystic, South Connecticut.

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Mack Griffith

Chaplain (COL) Mack Griffith
United States Army Reserve, Retired
Formerly Director of Family Ministry, United States Army Reserve
Associate Director, Presbyterian and Reformed Chaplain Commission (PRCC)
MNA Chaplain Ministries Associate Director, Military Chaplaincy

Chaplain Griffith was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in 1983 serving as a Signal Battalion Chaplain in the Florida Army Guard. In 1987 he transferred to the North Carolina Air National Guard serving as a Chaplain with the Military Airlift Command, C130 Aircraft. Returning to the Army Chaplaincy in 1991, Chaplain Griffith served as Group Chaplain for the 426th Area Support Group and then later as Brigade Chaplain for the 31st Armor Brigade. In 2004 he went on active duty serving as the Director of Family Ministry for the United States Army Reserve. At his retirement ceremony he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service to Soldiers and Families. Chaplain Griffith retired from the Army 15 November 2011.

Mack is a Florida native, growing up in a Christian home, active members of the McIlwain Memorial Presbyterian Church in Pensacola. Chaplain Griffith graduated from Pensacola Christian High School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 1972. Upon graduation from college Chaplain Griffith worked in the office of the Court Administrator of the Florida Supreme Court. He then served as the Deputy Court Administrator of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. He is a graduate of the Army Chaplain Officer Basic Course, the Air Force Officer Orientation Course, the Air Force Chaplain Basic Course, the Army Chaplain Captain Career Course, Command and General Staff College, Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Course and the Chaplain Colonel Course. Chaplain Griffith was promoted to the rank of Colonel March 2007.

Chaplain Griffith has been a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America for 35 years. He first served as Pastor of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Learned Mississippi from 1979-1981 and Associate Pastor of McIlwain Presbyterian Church 1981-1987. From 1987-1990 he served as Associate Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, South Carolina. He then was Senior Pastor of Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church, Fairhope Alabama 1990-2000. From 2000-2004 Chaplain Griffith served as Ministry Director of Ridge Haven Conference Center, Brevard North Carolina before being called to active duty as an Army Chaplain. He was endorsed as a Chaplain his entire military career by the Presbyterian Reformed Chaplain Commission (PRCC), and served for two years as a member of the Commission before assuming his current role of Associate Director of the PRCC.

Chaplain Griffith has been married to his wife Chris for 42 years and they have two daughters, Catherine and Bethany, and three granddaughters, Mary Blake, Anna and Ruthie. Catherine, who is a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham Alabama and is married to Gary Noah a firefighter and paramedic. They are active members of Oak Mountain PCA where Gary serves as a deacon. Bethany, formerly on staff with Campus Outreach in South Carolina, has lived in New York City for the last six years and serves as the Westside Children’s Ministry Director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA).

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Del Farris

Del Farris
Associate Director for Civilian Chaplaincy, Presbyterian and Reformed Chaplain Commission (PRCC)
MNA Chaplain Ministries Associate Director, Civilian Chaplaincy

I am thrilled and extremely thankful that God in His providence has opened the opportunity for me to become the PRCC’s Associate Director for Civilian Chaplaincy. It is a great honor and privilege to serve my fellow civilian chaplains and to assist as needed with serving our military chaplains. What follows is a brief recount of how the Lord has used me through the years – all to His glory!

I grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas but went away for college to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. I received a B.A. degree in Journalism from LSU and following college went to work for Young Life in Kansas City, Missouri for a year before becoming the Area Director for Young Life in Odessa, Texas. I left West Texas for Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and received a Master of Divinity degree from RTS in 1985.

After seminary I taught Old Testament and New Testament at the Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas and was an assistant basketball coach. (The director of the Religion Department defended hiring a Presbyterian by saying he couldn’t find any Episcopalians qualified to teach the Bible, and the headmaster and Bishop accepted that explanation. And when you see me, you will know that being a basketball coach is also quite funny.) I then served as an assistant pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Little Rock before becoming the solo pastor of a church in North Carolina. I have been a Teaching Elder in the PCA for 27 years.

My chaplaincy experience began nearly 22 years ago in September of 1991after our family (my wife Hazel and two children, son Loddrick and daughter Hannah) needed to return to Arkansas following the pastorate in North Carolina. I began as an on-call chaplain at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock. By the spring of 1992, two other chaplain positions became available to me, one as a fee-basis chaplain for the Central Arkansas Veterans Affairs Hospital System and the other as a hospice chaplain. I continued as a chaplain for all three until I became the Director of the Pastoral Care Department at ACH in May 1995. I have been the Director of Pastoral Care ever since – until now.

I have been involved in the national leadership of the Pediatric Chaplains Network (PCN) since 1998 and served as President from 2003-2005. I was the Project Coordinator for the PCN’s development of a national training curriculum specific to pediatric chaplaincy. The Pediatric Chaplains Institute (PCI) was founded in 2007 as a week-long intensive training using the new curriculum. I have served as the Dean of the PCI since its beginning.

I have been a member of the ACH Bioethics Advisory Committee for 18 years, and I received a Certificate in Clinical Bioethics in 2001 from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Last year I was elected the first non-physican co-chairman of the Bioethics Committee. I served on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in the Medical Humanities Department for 10 years assisting with teaching Medical Ethics to second year medical students. In 1998 I began ACH’s palliative care program (PalCare) and served as Director of PalCare until 2006 while continuing to be the Director of Pastoral Care.

And saving the best for last, I became a grandfather for the first time in October 2012. All praise and glory to our great Savior and King!

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