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Meet our Presenters – Logan-Mehl-Laituri

Logan Mehl-Laituri is co-president of Milites Christi, a founding member of Centurion’s Guild and a 2nd year MTS student at Duke Divinity School, where he is focusing on the role of conscience in Christian faith and national service. He was deployed with an infantry platoon to Iraq in 2004 before being reluctantly discharged from the […]

Meet Our Presenters – John Oliver

John P. Oliver, Rev. D.Min., ACPE Supervisor, BCC has been the Chief of Chaplain Service at the Durham VA Medical Center since 2005. He is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Samford University. John’s research, pastoral care and educational focus has been on training pastors and CPE […]

Meet Our Presenters – Bill Cantrell

The Reverend Bill Cantrell is Chief Chaplain for VA Mental Health and Chaplaincy in the Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) in Durham, North Carolina. Chaplain Cantrell has a broad range of experience as a parish priest, Navy chaplain, President/CEO of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and most recently extensive work at […]

Meet Our Presenters – J. Warren Smith

J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Duke Divinity School, is interested in the history of theology broadly conceived from the apostles to the present, but his primary focus is upon patristic theology. Dr. Smith’s current project centers on the theological foundation of Ambrose of Milan’s teachings on the life of […]

Meet Our Presenters – Rev. Shirley King

Reverend Shirley King is married to William M. King. They reside in Benson NC. She is the mother of three children, one deceased, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of eleven. She completed her Masters of Divinity at Shaw University in May of 2009. Rev. King brings a broad and very applicable set of life experiences to […]

Meet Our Presenters: Joshua Casteel


Joshua Casteel served as a US Army interrogator and Arabic linguist at Abu Ghraib Prison in the immediate wake of the prisoner abuse scandal. In 2005 he received an honorable discharged as a Conscientious Objector and in 2006 served on the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Joshua was featured […]

Meet Our Keynote Presenter: Lt. Col. Peter Kilner

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Kilner will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. His keynote is entitled “Making Sense of the Beauty and Tragedy of a Combat Deployment.” Join us at 6:30pm in Goodson Chapel. This keynote is open to the public.

He will also offer a breakout session entitled, “A Moral Justification for […]

Meet Our Presenters: Shenandoah Nieuwsma

Shenandoah Nieuwsma is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the happy wife of Jason Nieuwsma, a psychologist who works with chaplains and veterans at the Durham VA and the doting mother of two girls. She has an MA in American Studies from the University […]