Dr. Henry Curtis McDaniel, Jr. is a native of Chesterfield County, VA, graduated cum laude from CIU in Columbia, SC and has a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2009, he earned a Ph.D. in Civic Rhetoric (public oratory) at Duquesne University. Recently, he served as interim senior pastor for New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, FL. Curt uses the resources of his Ph.D. to research, to write and to teach on the ministry of the church in a post-Christian culture, founding The Center for Reaching a Post-Christian Conditioned Culture in 2015. He is the author of When I Need God the Most and co-author with his wife Karen on the three-book series, Life Brighteners. Several books and resources covering preaching/teaching in a post-Christian conditioned culture and America’s Judeo-Christian Culture are currently in production. Curt has a passion for gardening and furniture-making. He loves MLB, Bichon Frise dogs and college football. He and his wife, Karen, have 3 children, Curtis, Megan, and Heather.
Jack was born in Atlanta, GA. Although he grew up attending a Methodist church, he did not know what it meant to be a Christian until his freshman year at Presbyterian College, where he accepted Christ (at a Waffle House of all places). Upon graduation he moved to Greenwood, SC where he worked for three years as a youth director. He also met his wife Carrie at that time and they married in 2006. In 2007 they moved to St. Louis to attend Covenant Seminary. Upon graduation in 2010, Jack was called to Chapin Presbyterian to serve as the youth pastor. In October of 2014 he transition into the role of family pastor. Jack and Carrie have two kids, Chase and Caroline. Jack is also a reserve chaplain (Lieutenant) in the United States Navy. He enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his family.
Josh joined our staff in December 2013. He is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin (B.A. 2003) and of Covenant Theological Seminary (M.Div. 2008). Before coming to Chapin Pres, he served as the RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) Campus Minister at the University of Iowa for 5 1/2 years. Josh was born and raised in Quincy, IL, and he was married to his wife Julie in 2003, who he describes as “God’s greatest gift to me apart from Jesus.” Josh and Julie have two beautiful children, Samuel, and Adelaide. They also have a child they can’t wait to meet whom Jesus called to be with Himself before birth, Jonah Kristy. The Vahles love having friends over for dinner, going for family bike rides, and the South Carolina winters!
Trevor joined the staff of CPC in February 2016. He graduated from Nazarene Bible College with a B.A. in Counseling for Christian Ministry and is currently working on his Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary. His passion is to share with students—and everyone for that matter—the life-changing message of the Gospel, which is essentially that God made it, we broke it, Jesus fixed it, and He is restoring and recreating it. Trevor is married to his best friend Noelle and they have two children, Benji and Abbey. Trevor and Noelle were born and raised in Southern California and are still getting used to boiled peanuts, calling the interstate the freeway and having to ask for unsweetened tea. When not with students you will find Trevor hanging out with his wife, turning into Iron Man and shooting fireballs across the living room with his son, or having a tea party with his daughter.
Allen came to CPC in March of 2006. He has been serving in music and worship ministry since he was in high school. In 1984 he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Music in Theory and Composition. His desire is to equip the Church to express its love for God with voices and instruments and with many styles of music.
Jackie Linder has been the Director of Children’s Ministries at Chapin Presbyterian Church since 2009. Previously she served in the same position at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Irmo, SC. She graduated from Winthrop College with a combined degree in elementary and special education. She taught second grade at Pelion Elementary for four years before becoming a full time mom. She also worked part time at Irmo Elementary as a teacher assistant and at Lake Murray Elementary as a substitute. She currently serves on the School Improvement Council at Chapin Elementary School. Jackie is married to Steve. Together, they have four daughters, one son, a son-in-law and two precious granddaughters.
Andrea graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Social Work. Before moving to Chapin, SC, she worked with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in a daycare setting, taught parenting skills to pregnant teenagers and teenagers with children in the Nashville, TN, school system. She was a teacher in a Mother’s Morning Out program at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Andrea resides in Chapin with her husband and three boys.
Helen is currently the CARE Coordinator at Chapin Presbyterian Church and was originally hired in August 2004 as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She moved to Chapin, SC, from the Virginia area where she served at Columbia Baptist Church in several different capacities such as Assistant Director of Social Needs, Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Senior Adult & Women’s ministries. Helen served as a trainer for church volunteer coordinators with the International Association of Volunteer Coordinators. Helen has 2 grown children and 4 practically perfect grandchildren.
Gingi has worked as an administrative assistant at Chapin Presbyterian Church since 2011. She is a 1989 graduate of The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration – Marketing. Gingi is married with one daughter and two grown step-sons.
Diana has been employed with Chapin Presbyterian Church since 2006 as the Administrative Assistant for the church office. Prior to that she worked at BB&T as Executive Assistant in the commercial loans office and at Ellett Brothers in Chapin, SC. She also worked at BellSouth for seventeen years in Columbia, SC. Diana currently resides in Saluda, SC with her husband, Raymond.