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Spiritual Life Council

The Spiritual Life 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 Spiritual Life 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
Spiritual Life Council Members

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

The 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 Council, image

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

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

The 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 Neace, Chaplain's CouncilRev. David Neace
Waccamaw Baptist Association  |  843-248-9358  |  dneace@coastal.edu

The 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. David Nerbun, Chaplain Council, imageRev. David Nerbun
St. Michael’s Catholic Church  |  843-290-4106  |  dnerbun@coastal.edu

The Rev. David Nerbun, known as Father David, is the vicar for family life for the Catholic Diocese of Charleston. He is in residence at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Murrells Inlet. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 2011 and holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering, philosophy and theology. After two years at St. Gregory the Great Church in Bluffton, S.C., he returned to academic studies to complete a licentiate and doctorate in theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. During this time, he also taught and did formation work at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. and St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas. A native of Sumter, S.C., he is the fifth of seven children and has 16 nieces and nephews. His interests include rugby, basketball, kayak fishing, gardening and shell collecting.

Rabbi Avi Perets, Chaplain Council, imageRabbi Avraham “Avi” Perets
Temple Emanu-El  |  843-449-5552  |  aperets@coastal.edu

Rabbi Avraham “Avi” Perets joined Temple Emanu-El 16 years ago, bringing his lovely wife, Mira, and their three children, Ron, Matan and Eden. He was born in Israel and attended school in both the United States and Israel. He has earned numerous degrees in his study and the congregation of Temple Emanu-El is fortunate to have a leader whose abilities and vision is surpassed only by his dedication, quick wit and love of Judaism. His educational background includes: Maimonides University Rabbinical School, rabbinical ordination; University of North Florida (UNF), master's degree in educational leadership; *Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus Jerusalem, Israel, B.A. in philosophy and concentration in history, political science, and Jewish philosophy.

Rev. Henry Brent Richardson, Chaplain Council, imageRev. Henry Brent Richarsdon
Christ United Methodist Church  |  843-331-4442  |  rrichards@coastal.edu

The 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. Greg Smith, Chaplain Council, imageRev. Greg Smith
Trinity Church  |  843-608-8833  |  gsmith1@coastal.edu

The Rev. Greg Smith is the senior pastor of Trinity Church, an Anglican congregation welcoming people home with Good News about a Great God. He previously served as Church of the Holy Cross’ college pastor to The Citadel’s St. Alban’s Chapel and established a Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. Additionally, he started the I’On campus of Church of the Holy Cross and has served as a church planter and as a leader with Apartment Life. Smith graduated from Wheaton College in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in music and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity School for Ministry. He has also worked as a paramedic/firefighter on Chicago’s near north side where he learned the value of teamwork and rapid assessment of problems and solutions. He and his wife Anna have been married for 23 years building their own team: Zach (17), Caleb (14) and Gabriella (11) enjoy being keeping the “team” on their toes!

Rev. Joseph Washington, Chaplain Council, imageRev. Joseph E. Washington
United Methodist Church  |  843-446-5879  |  jwashingt@coastal.edu

The Rev. Joseph E. Washington has served as a minister in the United Methodist Church for over 40 years. After receiving his Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, he began pastoring in Boston, Mass., where he met his wife of 30 years, Dr. Dode Washington. In addition to pastoring in Boston, he served as the senior adviser to the mayor of Boston, and was also the chairman and CEO of the Organization for a New Equality, a non-profit agency that promotes economic opportunity for women, people of color and economically distressed communities. Before moving to Myrtle Beach in 2002, Washington lived in New York for 10 years and pastored St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in New Rochelle, N.Y., and Brooks Memorial in Jamaica, Queens. For the past 13 years, he has been on extension ministry in Myrtle Beach, where he started SharedCare, a health care collaborative that addresses the needs of low-income uninsured residents of Horry County. He established a mentoring program, which later became the mentoring program for students at Coastal Carolina University, and he also started a local chapter of The First Tee. In 2011, he founded the Academy of Hope, a year-round public charter school based on the principles of international business. Most recently, he served as executive secretary for Africa for the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. In this role, he managed relationships with bishops, churches and local missionaries stationed throughout Africa. In every new venture he undertakes, Washington strives to do God’s work through promoting justice and equality.

Rev. Tom WoodleRev. Tom Woodle
The Well By the Sea Episcopal Church  |  843-457-1057  |  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. Prior to his retirement in 2018, he was the director of career services and a professor in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Coastal Carolina University.