When it comes to pastors, spouses, and issues in their hearts, Ruth Ann Batstone brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the table. She has counseled and mentored women through World Harvest Mission's year-long Sonship discipleship curriculum since 1990. She is a therapist in private practice and also teaches at seminars, conferences, and women's retreats. With her husband Stu, Ruth Ann has ministered overseas in Europe, Russia, Japan and South America as well as in the United States, Canada and Mexico. They have been married since 1965 and love to travel, snorkel, ride bikes and shamelessly dote on their twelve-and-counting grandchildren.
Alan took early retirement in 2006 following almost 30 years in transport aircraft sales / sales management to devote his energies to merciful Christian service. He has been involved in prison ministry for 10 years, and has served PCA churches as Deacon and Ruling Elder. Most recently, he helped to establish a new, all-volunteer, mentoring ministry to prisoners. His church, First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, was the catalyst for this work of mercy and service. In almost three years the ministry has trained more than 115 mentors from 36 local Chattanooga churches to serve men and women in two State facilities in Georgia and Tennessee. Discussions are underway to replicate the mentoring ministry in other prisons in the State of Georgia. Alan has been married to his lovely wife, Marilyn, for 40 years. They have one grown son, Samuel, and a precious granddaughter, Kaylee.
Steve is a Colorado native. Educated at Westmont College, Denver Seminary, and Covenant Seminary, Steve entered the ministry in South Carolina, where he pastored a church, planted another and started an adoption agency. For eighteen years he also served as senior pastor of Peace Presbyterian Church, Cary, NC. He currently serves as “pastor at large” in Helena, Montana, where he joined the MTS team in 2014. Steve and his wife Via live just north of Helena, Montana. They have eight children and eight grandchildren.
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Cristina and her husband, Darcy, moved to the US in the late 80s and have been involved in church planting longer than they have been married! They have served twelve years among Brazilian immigrants and the last nine among Americans in the most diverse corner of the world: the metropolitan New York area, where Darcy serves as executive pastor and multi-site lead pastor at Queens Presbyterian Church. As a church-planting spouse, Cristina has experienced the power of the barrier-breaking gospel of Christ and the pain of finding herself in the desert, which gives her a true heart for women in ministry. At her local church she administrates an ESL program, co-leads a women’s fellowship, and serves on the Mercy Team which addresses various community needs. Cristina has acquired a taste for ethnic foods, coffee, dark chocolate, cultural diversity, traveling and her iPhone, which combined with her journalistic background, make her very resourceful if anyone is hungry or thirsty. As she helps in the development of global networks, Cristina meets women who are hungry and thirsty for something far more valuable: the refreshing grace that can be freely experienced, even in church planting.
There are some things that a person never forgets. They are indelibly etched into his mind. For Mark Casson, it was the words of a Superior Court Judge who told him in March, 1989, “I hereby sentence you to life in prison with the possibility of parole. The key word here, sir, is possibility. You may never parole from prison and in fact, you may die there. Do you understand this sentence I am imposing on you?” These words were spoken only a few weeks after Mark was converted to Christ through jail/prison ministry. For the next 15+ years, he would spend his days growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Mark availed himself of the few Bible studies and courses which were available to him, and he spent much of his time in the Word, teaching others and ministering from the “inside”. Mark went to five parole hearings and was denied parole each time. It was at the sixth hearing that he heard the words, “By unanimous decision, we find you suitable for parole.” On February 19, 2004, he walked out of prison a twice freed man. Mark has continued his active Christian life on the outside. For nine years he and his family lived in Fresno CA, where Mark served as a ruling elder at Sierra View Presbyterian Church (PCA). In 2013 they moved to Chattanooga TN, where Mark currently serves as a ruling elder at First Presbyterian Church (PCA). Metanoia is now headquartered in Chattanooga. Since his release, Mark has been involved in the Dare to Hope program, which takes a message of hope into the prisons in his area. He has been blessed to return to prison more than a dozen times through this program. He has been actively involved in teaching Bible Studies, Sunday School, and the occasional exhortation from the pulpit. He has worked with people at the local Rescue Mission, and he continues to minister to children at a local children’s shelter with the members of his church. In 2007 Mark was added to the Board of Directors of Metanoia Ministries. Sensing Mark’s burden for prisoners, his love for the great commission and his desire to see men and women changed through the power of the gospel, the Board called Mark to be their Executive Director in 2008.
With 9 years of non-profit administration experience and 6 years as a small business owner, Jamie has developed a passion for process and finding the best approach for the long term. Whether it's graphic design, marketing or operations, she loves solving problems creatively and getting the job done. Jamie lives in Chicago with her husband, Peter and son, Cullom. She serves alongside many dedicated individuals at a church plant of Holy Trinity Church on Chicago's north side. In her often-elusive spare time, she loves listening to people's testimonies, drinking high-maintenance lattes, making her son giggle and walking around the city with her family.
Jenny is an urban peacemaker who has a heart for reweaving the city of Indianapolis where their family have been engaged in the renewing of the Public Schools. Jenny and Jason have been married 22 years and have 4 children. Jacob in college, Julian and Judah in High School and Jackie in Middle School. Jenny and Jason began their church planting journey in Seattle and were part of a church revitalization. They attended the Church Planting Assessment Center in 2001 and received an earth shattering recommendation of Not Recommended Now. Thinking they had missed their calling they dove into the deep, hard work of soul searching and faced into the Assessment Centers recommendations. After doing due diligence, they returned to the Assessment Center and received the green light to move forward with church planting. She has served with her husband in leading Redeemer Presbyterian Church (since 2002). Jenny works with the Central Indiana Presbytery to encourage pastor's wives, coaches and mentors church planting wives and leads a Parakaleo Network meeting alongside of each Presbytery meeting. Jenny serves as an Assessor and has filled in as Interim Assessment Administrator. She is also the Coaching Systems Director for Parakaleo. When she is not immersed in church planting she loves porch sitting, drinking good, dark coffee and collecting miniatures for her dollhouse.
Andy and his wife Holly reside in St. Louis MO where the are members of New City Fellowship PCA. He grew up in the PCA, attended Covenant College and came on staff with MNA Disaster Response in 2012 after having served as a volunteer and key leader. He serves as the Regional Specialist for Chicago Metro, Central Indiana, Illiana, Northern Illinois, and Missouri Presbyteries.
Cheryl worked with Mission to the World (MTW) from 1998-2014, serving in Jamaica and the Medical Department in the U.S. office in Atlanta, GA. Cheryl joined MNA Special Needs Ministries as Assistant in April 2014. She uses her administrative gifts and international experience to support all the aspects of this ministry. She enjoys behind-the-scenes support that enables those on the frontlines to serve others more. When she isn't working she enjoys baking, cooking, various hobbies and cheering on the Phillies and Penn State football.
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!
Born in Baltimore, Maryland Chuck was educated at the University of Baltimore and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. For over twenty years he pastored in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before being called to Washington, D.C. in 2003. There, Chuck and his wife Debby started and continue to develop Ministry to State, a ministry to people in government in our national, state, and international capitals. Chuck has traveled and preached extensively throughout the United States, South Africa, Central Europe, Asia and Haiti. He is the author of Obama Prayer, Work Excellence (which was translated into Chinese), and Rulers: Gospel and Government.Chuck and Debby live in the District of Columbia. They have four children and five grandchildren.
Maria and her husband, Craig, moved to a distressed urban Baltimore neighborhood in 1980 to plant Faith Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic, socio-economically diverse church committed to ministry in Word and deed. The church presently operates a Christian day school, tutoring program, sports leagues, and other ministries. Her memoir, A Thousand Resurrections, describes what happens when a pastor's large family meets the grit of the city, weaving together stories of redemption and loss, elation and discouragement, and the ever-elusive quest to balance ministry, marriage, and motherhood. Maria's poetry, essays, and nonfiction articles have appeared in many publications, and she enjoys speaking at retreats and conferences (especially when dark chocolate is involved). She loves cheering for church planters through her work with Parakaleo and pointing them to Jesus. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, four adult children, one awesome son-in-law, and her energetic thirteen-year-old.
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).
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 (www.Kingdomprayer.org), 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.
Arklie and his wife Katherine live in Elizabethton TN and worship at Memorial PCA where he currently serves as a Ruling Elder. He has been leading the ministry of MNA Disaster Response since 2005, overseeing the growth and development of staffing, volunteer training and mobilization, a DR warehouse, and the Sheds of Hope project.
Stephanie Hubach served as Mission to North America’s Special Needs Ministries Director from 2007 to September 2016, when she transitioned to MNA Special Needs Ministries Consultant. She currently serves on the Lancaster Christian Council on Disability (LCCD) and on the advisory board for Chosen Families. For eight years prior to her appointment at MNA, Steph and her husband Fred led the Special Needs Ministry at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ephrata, PA. Steph also formerly volunteered as a member of the board of directors for The Arc of Lancaster County, chairperson of the Lancaster County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory Board and president of the board of directors for the Infant Evaluation Program of State College, PA. Steph is the author of Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability(Presbyterian and Reformed Publishers, September 2006), director of a Christian Education DVD series by the same title, and author of All Things Possible: Calling Your Church Leadership to Embrace Disability Ministry (Joni and Friends, August 2007). She has been published in ByFaith magazine, Covenantmagazine, Focus on the Family magazine, and Breakpoint online magazine. Steph has written for Not-Alone.org, a blog for parents of children with special needs, written by Christian authors who have children with disabilities. Steph also coordinated a writing team for Christianity Today to provide a Disability Ministry Track in The Ministry Essentials Bible, which was released in September 2014. Stephanie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College), and has an M.A. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Steph and her husband Fred have been married for 32 years. They have two deeply loved sons: Fred and Tim, the younger of whom has Down syndrome. The Hubachs are thrilled to have added a daughter-in-law to the family, Cecelia--who married Fred in 2013. The family resides in Lancaster County, PA.
Sherr and her husband Steve live in Jackson MS, where Steve serves on the pastoral staff of Redeemer PCA, and she is involved in women’s ministries both on a local and national level with the PCA. Sherry attended Bellhaven College and RTS, and has been serving with MNA Disaster Response since 2005, starting as a volunteer before coming onto full-time staff. She oversees all volunteer mobilization, communications and administrative support.
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.
Rick and his wife Shirley live in Frisco, TX, and attend Christ Community Church of Frisco (PCA). Rick is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel serving 23 years and was a Financial Advisor for seventeen years. He was at Keesler AFB, MS, during Hurricane Camille and was part of the response team. He started with MNA Disaster Response in 2008 during the Iowa Flooding disaster as a volunteer and became a specialist in July 2010. He has developed a disaster response preparation plan for presbyteries and churches, and serves as a regional specialist for Houston Metro, North TX, and South TX Presbyteries.
Mrs. Michelle "Shelly" Marshall is married with two children, Emily Ann and Owen Langley Marshall. Shelly was raised by a single mom who expected her children to fend for themselves, achieve good grades, and make something of their lives. They frequented the Polish Catholic Church in her hometown of Syracuse, New York, but the services were conducted completely in Polish. Shelly's early adult life revolved around work and drinking. In her early thirties, Shelly got seriously sick, which led her to re-evaluate her lifestyle and an obvious problem with alcohol and cocaine. She checked herself into a drug and alcohol program where she found temporary relief in Alcoholic's Anonymous (A.A.) and Cocaine Anonymous (C.A.) .Shortly thereafter, one of her friends from the meetings invited her to church. A few Sundays later the Lord graciously changed her heart. Miraculously, Shelly became a new creature in Christ with absolutely no desire to ever drink or drug again. Shelly has a rich background in bookkeeping, office management, database set-up and management, tax preparation, and utilizing a wide variety of computer programs. She had her own bookkeeping business for many years serving lawyers, restaurant owners, and small business owners. Shelly has a real heart for prison ministry. Her prison ministry experience began when she married her husband who spent 10 years in prison. When her husband graduated from seminary, they founded Metanoia Ministries (MM) together and opened a discipleship home for men just getting out of prison. For five years Shelly served as the matriarch and assistant to the director as she helped her husband oversee MM, keep the ministry books, and interacted daily with each of the men who lived in the home. When MM needed more beds to meet the growing number of applicants, Shelly used an inheritance she had received to help Metanoia Ministries move into a new 14 bed facility. She said, "It is God's money, and so it should be used for God's purposes." Shelly participated in some of the new resident interviews, she regularly served as an extra pair of eyes and ears, and she managed all the finances for the ministry. Today, Shelly holds the title of Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Metanoia Ministries. Her responsibilities include designing all the handsome correspondence course covers, setting up and maintaining a comprehensive database, copying and reproducing all of our course materials, mailing all the course material to instructors, students, and chaplains, interacting with all our instructors and students, and handling a dozen other odds and ends that pop up week to week. Shelly is thankful she has the opportunity to serve brothers and sisters in Christ who are in prison. She knows what it is like to be imprisoned in sin as well as the joy of being set free by the Sovereign Grace of God. She sees the need. Her prayer is to be a small part of the solution to that need.
Curt and his wife Kelly live in Orlando FL where Curt serves as Assistant Pastor of Discipleship for Willow Creek PCA. Curt as been involved with MNA Disaster Response since 2005 when he started out as a volunteer and helped start the ministry of Lagniappe PCA. He has been involved in MNA Disaster Response as a strategic leader in ministry development and currently serves as a regional specialist for Gulf Coast, Grace and Southeast LA Presbyteries.
Keith and his wife Marianne reside in Melbourne FL where they attend Covenant PCA. Keith began serving with MNA Disaster Response as a volunteer in 2004, served as a Key Leader during the response to Hurricane Katrina, setting up food distribution and establishing worksites, and has been instrumental in the development of disaster response training materials for local churches and key leaders. He currently serves the state of Florida as a regional specialist.
My wife Shirley and I have been in the PCA since 1982, and I was ordained as a PCA pastor in 1995. In addition to my position as MNA African American Ministries Coordinator, I also serve as part-time pastor at New City Fellowship, Chattanooga TN, and am a member of the Advisory Board of Covenant Theological Seminary. I earned my undergraduate degree from Howard University and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary.
Glen and Tracy live in Lexington NC and attend Meadowview Reformed PCA where Glen serves as a deacon. He is a trained EMT and firefighter, currently holding the position of Fire Marshall. In 2005 while serving as the Disaster Response Coordinator for Meadowview he coordinated the delivery of critically needed resources from the Carolinas to the Gulf Coast. Glen currently serves with MNA Disaster Response as a regional specialist for the Piedmont Triad, Eastern Carolina, Palmetto and Savannah River Presbyteries.
Since 1991, Tami and her husband Steve have co-labored in three church plants and currently serve Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Ohio. As associate director and co-founder of Parakaleo, she shares a life of gospel joy, hugs, and hope in Christ with church planting spouses and women in her community. Tami loves opening her home and mentoring women (chocolate is usually involved in both). She loves giving things away, which kept her from a career in sales, but led to the discovery of a passion for giving away hope in Christ. As crazy as it may sound, she enjoys attending her denomination’s General Assembly, going to church planting conferences, and serving at assessment centers. The daughter and sister of professional football coaches, Tami has become one herself, coaching women through life and ministry. She is a Creative Results Management Graduate Coach. Tami is a member of Steeler Nation and additional fanaticisms include organizing closets, drawers, homes, and churches. She is a retired nurse, a retired home school mom, and the sometimes tired but never retired mother of three.
Joel received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Samford University, where he met his wife, Holly. They have been members of Briarwood Presbyterian for almost 30 years, serving 18 of those years on the staff of the original Campus Outreach ministry. Joel’s roles included Administrator, Missionary Team Leader in Japan and Director of the Campus Outreach International Network (the mission sending agency of CO). In 2006, Joel became the first full-time director of Briarwood’s special needs ministry. In 2011, Joel accepted a call to join the staff of MNA Special Needs Ministries as Associate Director. Joel and Holly have a daughter in college and a son in high school.
Raised in a Christian home, I made a personal commitment to Christ at a youth rally at age 13, after realizing that “God has no grandchildren; only children!” During two years teaching at a mission school in South Korea, the Lord taught me what it was like to be the odd person out in another culture. When I returned stateside, it was with a new empathy for immigrants to the US. I began to volunteer tutoring immigrant children at the school my own children attended, and soon afterward started volunteering with others from my church in resettling refugees from Viet Nam. A few years later, the Lord led me to start a non-profit organization to serve immigrants, which I directed for 16 years. Next He then provided me with the opportunity to manage programs through the state refugee office, at that time known as the Maryland Office for New Americans (now the Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees) until my retirement in 2011. A few months before retirement, I began praying that the Lord would show me how He could still use the knowledge and skills He had taught me, and I received the clearest answer I had ever received to any prayer: the Lord told me that I was to work with churches to assist them in understanding immigration and reaching out to immigrants. During the 2 years following my retirement I actively pursued opportunities to speak at churches and conferences, but the Lord’s plan came into clear focus when I was contacted by Mission to North America and offered the opportunity to become the new Refugee and Immigrant Ministry Director, a position I took on in July 2014. I am excited to have a “front row seat” to see what the Lord will do!
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.
Arklie and his wife Katherine live in Elizabethton TN and worship at Memorial PCA where he currently serves as a Ruling Elder. He has been leading the ministry of MNA Disaster Response since 2005, overseeing the growth and development of staffing, volunteer training and mobilization, a DR warehouse, and the Sheds of Hope project.
Sherry and her husband Steve live in Jackson MS, where Steve serves on the pastoral staff of Redeemer PCA, and she is involved in women’s ministries both on a local and national level with the PCA. Sherry attended Bellhaven College and RTS, and has been serving with MNA Disaster Response since 2005, starting as a volunteer before coming onto full-time staff. She oversees all volunteer mobilization, communications and administrative support.
John, an ordained PCA pastor and member of North Texas Presbytery, and his wife, Betsy, live in Carrollton TX. When John began volunteering with MNA during the Katrina response, his passion for carpentry was rekindled. John oversees the Sheds of Hope ministry and is charged with further development of what has become an important component of our responses.
Mike and his wife Trisha live in Henagar, Alabama. Mike, who is a licensed paramedic, serves as an administrator at a local community college and Trisha is a jewelry artist and volunteers with animal rescue. Mike has been a PCA ruling elder since 2006 and he and Trisha have been involved in disaster response since 2005, when their family served in Biloxi and Bay Saint Louis after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. They organized and managed disaster response efforts for sixteen months after deadly tornadoes ripped through their area in April 2011. Mike and Trisha attend Grace Community, a PCA church plant in Trenton, Georgia. They have three grown sons.
Mark and his wife, Yvonne, reside in Hopewell VA and ar members of the West Hopewell PCA, where Mark is a deacon. He works with the VA State Police and is an EMT. Mark serves as the regional specialist for Chesapeake, Heritage, James River and Potomac Presbyteries and is available to assist member churches in pre-disaster planning and training and development of traveling disaster response teams.
Born in Bayshore, NY was educated at Florida Southern College and Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando campus). He served as an Army officer from 1986-1995 and then as an Army Chaplain from 1996-2015, and then joined Ministry to State in 2015. He has also served as the assistant pastor (part time) for Harvester PCA since 2013. His work focuses primarily on coordinating and developing ministry in each state capitol. Thomas is married to Lorelei and they have one daughter, five sons, five graddaughters and one grand son.
While serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas, I came to know the Lord in a saving way on the night of November 18, 1986 at a Petra concert in Austin. Since that point, I cannot deny that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has walked with me in amazing ways! While at Fort Hood, I befriended another soldier who led me into a personal understanding of Reformed Theology that has structured and informed my Faith to this day. After being honorably discharged from the military and returning home to New Jersey, I began attending a Church in Brooklyn, New York. Through that congregation, I grew to understand that Christianity held the only consistent worldview possible, and that the Word of God held the only way by which a person might know truth in the first place. Through that church, I attended Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and from there, traveled to Monroe, Louisiana where I met my wife and began teaching at a small public school in Farmerville. When my wife wanted to complete her doctoral work, we moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where she attended the University of Mississippi and I taught at Oxford High School. I also preached regularly at Koinonia Baptist Church in Clinton, and later was called as an Assistant to the Pastor at Lawndale Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in Tupelo. After receiving her Doctoral degree, my wife accepted a position at Covenant College, and I was called into full-time ministry as the Christian Education Director at New City Fellowship PCA in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After serving there for 6 years, God led me to finish what I had started at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and I also discovered and transferred my membership to Grace PCA in Dalton, Georgia. At Grace PCA, I was a called as Assistant Pastor of Outreach and Assimilation and encouraged to pursue ordination in the PCA. In July of 2014, I was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, and I served as Pastor in the Interim at Grace from February to December of 2015. While serving in Dalton, I taught High School Bible courses part time at Christian Heritage School and became active at Walker State Prison mentoring several inmates and preaching at Grace’s Friday evening worship service in the prison. It was then that Mark Casson approached me concerning an opportunity to serve in prisons expanding the Mentoring Ministry of Metanoia Prison Ministries. The Lord has walked with me and led me in amazing ways, and I believe that He is not finished with me yet; as the psalmist sang in Psalm 71,
“Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.”
Paul has a broad range of pastoral leadership and church planting experience within the PCA, including the planting of two churches in different regions of the PCA and service as an RUF campus minister. He currently serves Tennessee Valley Presbytery in a full-time call in which he leads church planting and church renewal initiatives for the presbytery. Having served as a church planting pastor himself, he was a founding leader of the Southwest Church Planting Network. His experience also includes coaching church planters and coaching mission church launch teams. He and his wife Fran are the parents of four adult children and currently live in Knoxville TN.
A gifted communicator with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, Ashley has the ability to tackle challenging issues with creative and practical ministry applications. She served for four years as Director of Women’s Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson MS, where she led a wide variety of ministry initiatives. As the mother of a son with autism, Ashley has a personal passion to see families touched by disability reached with the good news of the gospel. Ashley and her husband, John, have three children and reside in Brandon, MS and attend Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church.
For almost ten years, Kristen has been the disability ministry leader at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, PA. She has already served on our team of volunteer Facilitators for four years. Kristen is an Occupational Therapist by training, an excellent problem-solver and a caring leader. In addition to living with epilepsy herself, Kristen’s son has learning disabilities. Both of these life-shaping realities have formed Kristen’s heart for gospel ministry to and through families touched by disability in their local congregations. Originally a native of Georgia, Kristen and her husband, Keith, have two teenage children and reside in Havertown PA.