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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. We are available to support those in the CCU family including students, faculty, staff, and parents.

What does the Spiritual Life Council do?

  • Provides interfaith, inter-religious and emotional support through care, compassion, and conversation
  • 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 | catchthefiremyrtlebeach.com/

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.

picture of Emily KirbyRev. Emily Kirby
The United Methodist Church  |  678-327-3965  |  ekirby@coastal.edu | ccuwesley.org/

The Rev. Emily Kirby serves as the Associate Pastor of Little River United Methodist Church and the campus pastor for the Coastal Wesley Foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Georgia and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. A native of the Metro-Atlanta area, she has been involved in multiple ministry settings including disaster recovery, Christian education, youth ministry, and local church leadership. Her heart is with college students and continuing to empower their personal awareness of what their gifts and graces are, leading to a fulfilled and faithful life. Her interests are boating, camping, bike riding, and being outdoors with her husband and young son as much as possible. 

Rev. Robertson Donehue, Chaplain Council, image

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

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

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, imageFr. David Nerbun
St. Michael’s Catholic Church  |  843-290-4106  |  dnerbun@coastal.edu | coastalcatholics.org/

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 | emanuelnyc.org/

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.

2021-2022 Associate Spiritual Life Council Members

Jordan Schiffmacher | 910-315-8908 | jshiffma@coastal.edu | grandstrand.younglife.org/

Clay Finklea | 217-779-5990 | rockc3.com/coastal/