PFC Board & Directors

Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincy Staff & Board

Dennis Hysom

Executive Director

dhysom@presfedchap.org

Chaplain, Colonel Dennis Hysom, USA, Retired, serves as Executive Director of the Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

Mark Smith

Co-Director/Associate Endorser

msmith@presfedchap.org

Captain Mark W. Smith, CHC, USN, Retired, serves as a Co-Director of the Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies.  He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Chaplain Mark Smith retired after thirty years as a chaplain in the US Navy, serving with Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard commands. He received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and served a Presbyterian church in Washington state for four years before joining the Navy Chaplain Corps. He has served on board a ship, at the Navy’s boot camp, in Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, and at Naval Medical Center San Diego. After earning a Master of Theology in Ethics from Princeton Seminary, Mark taught ethics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He then served with the First Marine Expeditionary Force, including a year at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. Tours with the US Coast Guard Pacific Area and Naval Surface Forces Pacific followed. He was then selected to be the Commanding Officer of the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center, and his final assignment was as
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon. 

Mark’s academic pursuits include co-authoring chapters in two books, Combat Stress Injury by Figley and Nash, and the APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, edited by K.I. Pargament.  He also co-authored one journal article in Spirituality and Clinical Practice and has been plenary speaker at more than seven conferences. 

Mark is married to Jan Smith, and they have two adult sons.

Doug Slater

Co-Director/Associate Endorser
dslater@presfedchap.org

Chaplain, Colonel Douglas J. Slater, USAF, Retired, serves as a Co-Director of the Presbyterian Federal Chaplaincies. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Ch Slater retired in May 2019 from the Air Force after serving 30 years on Active Duty and 2 1/2 years in the Reserves. He received a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Ch Slater also serves part-time as Stated Supply pastor at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, Willow Spring, NC.

Doug and Sharon live in Apex, North Carolina. They have 3 adult children and one grand daughter.  

 

 

 

 

The Board of Directors

Barbara Sherer

President

(PCUSA)

Shelia O’Mara

Vice-President

(CPC)

Ray Jones

Presbyterian Mission Agency
(PCUSA)

Thomas Craig

Secretary

(CPC)

Rev. Kelly Wadsworth

CFO and Treasurer

(PCUSA)

Les Hyder

Elected Member  

(PCUSA)

Michael Sharpe

Stated Clerk  

(CPC)

Joanne Martindale

Elected Member

(PCUSA)

J. Herbert Nelson

Stated Clerk

(PCUSA)

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Dennis Hysom
 202-630-6225
dhysom@presfedchap.org

Doug Slater
919-446-1987
dslater@presfedchap.org

Mark Smith
202-642-9422
msmith@presfedchap.org

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