GCI Chaplains in different stages of their careers can help your church succeed

GCI chaplain candidates are working toward a Master of Divinity Degree and acquiring ministry experience to qualify as chaplains. A typical chaplain candidate working toward active duty provides a minimum of four years of service on staff at his church. Our candidates serve in a variety of roles including site pastors, student leaders, kids’ church pastors, and associate pastors. 

GCI chaplains in Guard or reserve units can continue to serve on mPact church staffs.

Several retired chaplains also serve mPact churches. Our chaplains are sound ministers and capable staff officers with a wealth of institutional knowledge and connections in military communities.

Kurt Spond and wife Mary Grace Church Southern Pines Groups Pastor / Military Ministry

Kurt retired in 2021 from a 25-year Army career. He participated in the military Skillbridge program with Grace Church Southern Pines. Skillbridge allows military leaders to intern with a civilian employer for six months prior to leaving the military. Kurt was offered a full-time position as the Groups Pastor and Military Ministry Pastor. Kurt’s pastor’s heart, combat experience, and understanding of the resources available to Grace Church’s military families make him a valuable member of the team. His wife Mary brings years of ministry experience to Grace Church as she supports small groups, children’s ministries, and outreach opportunities. They have 3 adult children and 1 precious granddaughter.

Todd Capen and wife Heather
Manna Church Anderson Creek Site Pastor

Todd is a former Army staff sergeant who used the GI bill to complete his Master of Divinity at Manna University through the chaplain candidate program. Todd has served as site pastor for two years and brings valuable military leadership ability to this position. Heather also brings a wealth of experience leading children’s ministry and small groups. Todd will soon accession as a chaplain in the North Carolina National Guard, and will be able to continue to serve on staff at Manna while also advancing the Kingdom in his unit.