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Coastal Carolina University Chaplain Council provides students and the campus community support in their spiritual engagement and growth. Members of the council are recognized by the University. Chaplains agree to serve students and to honor the diverse religious traditions each individual brings to our community and make recommendations to the University in regards to faith based programs. Chaplains may be asked to serve in official ceremonies, provide support to the campus during crisis and participate in other programs as available. 

Rev. Mark Burlinson
Christ Community Church

Rev. Burlinson serves as executive pastor of Christ Community Church in Conway. He is originally from England and came to Conway in 2002 via Toronto, Canada. He and his wife Jane have three college-age sons, so he has insight into student life. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, camp and walk on the beach with his family.


Rev. Tom Crouse
Cornerstone Church

Rev. Crouse is a lead pastor at Cornerstone Church in Myrtle Beach. He earned his Master of Divinity degree at Seminary of the East, a division of Bethel Univesity in St. Paul, Minn. He was instrumental in the founding of Your Life Matters Pregnancy Center which still thrives today. Early in his career, Crouse was a business consultant, a business owner, a television host and a professional wrestler! His varied experience is a valuable asset as a preacher and counselor. In 2005, Crouse wrote and published "Don't Strike the Rock," a book on "living for the glory of God and not self," he explains. He and his wife Cheryl have three children, two boys and one girl.

Rev. Tim Lijewski
St. James Catholic Church
843-347-5168 ext. 222

Rev. Lijewski serves as pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Conway. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in pre-medicine from Wofford College. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Charleston in July 1993, and served as parochial vicar at the Cathedral in Charleston and as the Bishop’s Master of Ceremonies. He also held positions as pastor of several churches in South Carolina. He took a three-month sabbatical at The Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy, in 2011. Lijewski enjoys his two dogs, a rescued boxer and a pit-bull mix; traveling to foreign countries; college sports; horseback riding, western style; and is fluent in Spanish.



Rev. Tim McCray

Rev. McCray is a graduate of Brooklyn College with a degree in business management and of the New York Theological Seminary. He is the founder and CEO of Rehoboth Community Development; founder of the Joshua Academy, a mentorship program for middle and high school students; president/CEO of AMBE Development LLC which supports minority construction companies; founder/chairman of Grand Strand Connection, a social network for minority professionals; founder of the Black and Latino Coalition of South Carolina, a coalition that unites minority South Carolinians with common interests through education and by engaging them in the political process; and vice president of Elite Construction Company. McCray is a member of several other business and philanthropic boards within the Myrtle Beach community. He is the father of one son, Timothy McCray Jr.


Rev. Leslie McIver Sr.
Christ United Methodist Church

Rev. McIver completed his undergraduate degree at Furman University, and attended the Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio, and the Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is currently an ordained clergy member of the United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach. His involvement within the community and his religious affiliation includes the Salvation Army, the Access and Equity Commission, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Horry County United Way, the Child Evangelism Fellowship, the Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the S.C. General Commission on Religion and Race (UMC), the S.C. Hispanic Task Force (UMC), and being on the executive board of the Pee Dee Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He held positions as a board member for the Waccamaw Region Transit Authority and Smith-Jones Community Center; was a founding member of the Conway Rotary Club; a co-founder of the Conway City of Character Program; and former chairman of the Horry County Council on Aging.  He traveled to Central America on mission trips through the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission. McIver has one daughter, three sons and three grandchildren.



Rev. Henry M. Moody Jr.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Rev. Moody received his Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts (psychology) from Clemson University and his Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. His internship was at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Phoenix, Ariz. In over 37 years as an ordained minister in South Carolina, Moody served congregations in Columbia, Lexington, Camden, Florence and Myrtle Beach. He retired in the spring of 2013. Throughout his ministry, he has worked extensively with ecumenical and interfaith groups. In his retirement, Moody is developing a Lutheran campus ministry to serve Coastal Carolina University, with the hope of eventually expanding to also serve Horry-Georgetown Technical College. He offered the invocation at Coastal Carolina University’s 2014 Remembrance Day as well as the invocation and benediction at the 2014 spring graduation. Moody has been married for over 42 years to his college sweetheart, the former Patricia Russell, also from the Columbia area. Pat is a retired teacher and reading interventionist. They have an adult daughter, Rami, who lives in Florence.

Rev. David Neace
Waccamaw Baptist Association

Rev. Neace serves as the Baptist Collegiate Minister for the Waccamaw Baptist Association (WBA). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to serving with the WBA, he served at Anderson University for four years.  While in Anderson, and in coordination with North Anderson Baptist Church, Neace helped plan a church and served as one of the teaching pastors. Neace and his wife are members of Palmetto Shores Church, and during his time off, he enjoys traveling and playing golf.

Rev. Angelo Pappas
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

Rev. Pappas has been the priest at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach for the past four years. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland at College Park and received his Master of Divinity at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Pappas continued his post-graduate studies at St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in Yonkers and has now been in the ministry for 26 years. He was a member of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) at Boston University and the University of New Hampshire and currently serves as the spiritual advisor on Coastal Carolina University’s Chaplain Council.

Rev. Rhett Talbert
Kingston Presbyterian Church

Rev. Talbert is the pastor of Kingston Presbyterian Church in Conway. He was formerly a marine biologist (chasing sea turtles at Kiawah Island and along the entire South Carolina coast) and photographer for the USC Marine Lab and Hobcaw Barony near Georgetown before entering the seminary in Atlanta. He has served as pastor for several other churches in the Myrtle Beach area. Talbert and his wife Pamela have five grown children and six grandchildren. They enjoy visiting bed and breakfasts, hiking, traveling, and anything associated with the South Carolina coast.

Rev. Tom Woodle
The Well By the Sea Episcopal Church

Rev. Woodle is an ordained Episcopal priest and vicar of The Well by the Sea Episcopal/Anglican Church in Myrtle Beach. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in religion, a master’s in education, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. In addition, he is the director of career services and a professor in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Coastal Carolina University.