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Chaplain Council

The Chaplain Council seeks to positively impact the campus community by nurturing hope, peace, joy and resolve while encouraging spiritual growth in an ecumenical and caring environment.

What does the Chaplain Council do?

  • Provides interfaith, inter-religious and emotional support
  • Serves as a resource to the campus community
  • Assists in processing faith questions
  • Provides appropriate guidance when requested
  • Promotes acceptance, kindness and consideration within the community
  • Participates in programs on campus at the request of students, faculty or administration
  • Assists with and respond to crisis as needed
  • Provides spiritual counseling
  • Encourages spiritual development through outreach within the community
Chaplain Council Members

Rev. Matthew Brown, Chaplain's Council, imageRev. Matthew Brown
The Rock Church  |  843-448-1195  |  mbrown5@coastal.edu


Rev. Brown serves as the student pastor at The Rock Church in Conway. He received his Bachelor of Science in computational physics from Francis Marion University. His took his first ministry job in college ministry and he has continued serving college students and staff. He was instrumental in opening C3 coffee bar and The Rock Church near the Coastal Carolina University campus. He and his wife Kelly have two children: Ruby Brown and Judah. 

Rev. Marc BurlinsonRev. Mark Burlinson
Catch The Fire Myrtle Beach  |  843-246-0094  |  mburlinso@coastal.edu


Rev. Burlinson and his wife Jane are team leaders for Catch The Fire Myrtle Beach, a new church focused on each person becoming all God intended and making a difference in this area. The couple has three college-age sons, love to help students succeed and encourage leaders to grow. He is originally from England and came to Conway in 2002 via Toronto, Canada. In addition to master's and bachelor's degrees in theology, he has a bachelor's degree in plant science from the University of London.

Rev. Robertson Donehue, Chaplain's Council Rev. Robertson Donehue
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church  |  843-364-6458  |  rdonehue@coastal.edu


Rev. Donehue serves as pastor of St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Conway. He is originally from Charleston, S.C., and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Arts in theology from the University of Durham. He spent five years as a Benedictine monk in Three Rivers, Mich., before returning to Charleston to serve as the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Grace Episcopal Church. He attended seminary at the Sewanee School of Theology and received a Master of Divinity degree in May 2016. Rob and his wife Davis were married in January 2015. His interests include history, theology, and architecture, and he's quite fond of wearing fun and colorful socks.

Rev. Tim Lijewski
St. James Catholic Church  |  843-347-5168 ext. 222  |  tlijewski@coastal.edu


Rev. Lijewski serves as pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Conway. He received his Bachelor of Science 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. In 2011, he took a three-month sabbatical at The Pontifical North American College in Rome. 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 McCrayRev. Tim McCray
Ministry  |  843-467-0050  |  tmccray@coastal.edu


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 in the Myrtle Beach community. He is the father of one son, Timothy McCray Jr.

Rev. Henry MoodyRev. Henry M. Moody Jr.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  |  843-497-8822  |  hmoody@coastal.edu


Rev. Moody received his Bachelor of Arts in 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, Arizona. 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. She is a retired teacher and reading interventionist.

Rev. David NeaceRev. David Neace
Waccamaw Baptist Association  |  843-248-9358  |  dneace@coastal.edu


Rev. Neace serves as the Baptist Collegiate Minister for the Waccamaw Baptist Association (WBA). He holds a bachelor's degree in 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. Henry Brent Richardson, Chaplain's CouncilRev. Henry Brent Richarsdon
Christ United Methodist Church  |  843-331-4442  |  rrichards@coastal.edu


Rev. Richardson serves as the director of student ministries at Christ United Methodist Church. He was born and raised in Conway and attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he majored in business management. He is dedicated to working with students on college campuses as well as reaching those who struggle with addiction and recovery.

Rev. Tom WoodleRev. Tom Woodle
The Well By the Sea Episcopal Church  |  843-349-2357  |  twoodle@coastal.edu


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.