Meet the your

2019 Elected Officers

Chris Wade,President

Chris has over 20 years of public safety experience working in both fire and law enforcement as a firefighter/EMT, police officer, and chaplain.  In 2015 he graduated from Multnomah Seminary in Portland, Oregon with his M.Div in Chaplaincy with a focus on public safety chaplaincy.  He is also an instructor and Master Fire Chaplain with the Federation of Fire Chaplains.  He currently serves as Chaplain for South Carolina State Fire and is based out of the state fire academy in Columbia.  Chris has a heart to see all public safety chaplains in the state equipped to serve those to whom they are called and to see our first responders find healing when times are tough.

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Bennie Durham, Vice President

first started as a volunteer Chaplain with Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in December 2001. The following year, I became a reserve deputy as well. I served in those positions until July 2017 when I was asked to become a full time Chaplain and Deputy. At 59 years old, I went back to the Criminal Justice Academy for 12 weeks to obtain my Class 1 Law Enforcement certification. Prior to becoming full time, I was Senior Pastor in three upstate SC Southern Baptist Churches for a total of 30 years. I have an Associate Degree from Fruitland Baptist Bible College, Bachelors Degree from Liberty University and a Masters Degree from North Greenville University. I am a basic certified Chaplain through ICPC. I love chaplaincy and look forward to serving with chaplains across our state through SCPSCA! 

Kelly Mason, Secretary

I am an ordained non-denominational pastor since 2019.  I have been heavily influenced by Ron Carpenter Jr. with Redemption Church and am actively involved in volunteer ministry at Lexington County Sheriff's Department since 2015. 


I have a background of investigation in various states and am currently licensed privately and through the South Carolina Attorney General's Office in Insurance Fraud.  I am a diehard mother and take the road less traveled.  My desire is to leave a legacy behind for her son and light the path of Christ for other people. 


I am on fire for the Lord and ready to be there for my family of law enforcement.  I am ready to serve, share and encourage others in SCPSCA through Jesus Christ.    

Dave DeDonato, Past President

Ordained as a United Methodist minister in 1976, Dave is a 32-1/2 year Army veteran having served as a field artillery officer (Vietnam) and chaplain. He served seventeen years (Army & civilian) as a healthcare chaplain & clinical ethicist. His public safety chaplaincy service began in September 2005 with Lexington County Public Safety & Sheriff's Office. Dave has served as Lexington Police Department senior chaplain since March 2009. He holds a Masters-level credential with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and serves as ICPC SC Area Representative and Region 8 Treasurer. Dave is also a Master Fire Chaplain with the Federation of Fire Chaplains. His vision for SCPSCA is to support SC public safety chaplains with training, networking, and spiritual care. No public safety chaplain should ever feel alone in what they do. We are an association of chaplains helping chaplains. Blessings!

Harry "Sunny" Mooney, Treasurer

I am an ordained Southern Baptist pastor and have been pastor of Ghents Branch Baptist Church in Denmark, SC since October 2016.  I previously served pastorates in Illinois, South Carolina and a Vietnamese mission in Texas.  I have participated on short-term mission trips in Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and to Pusan, South Korea.  I hold a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BS in Business Administration with a heavy emphasis in Accounting coursework from Murray State University.  I am the volunteer Chaplain for the cities of Govan and Bamberg.   


Steven Bell,  Training Director 

Steven has 3 years of public safety experience working in law enforcement as a chaplain.  In 2019 he graduated with his Doctor of Education in Community Care and Counseling. He also holds a Master of Divinity in Christian Leadership and Bachelor of Arts in English Education. Steven currently serves as Chaplain for Bluffton Police Department and is developing/leading the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team for Bluffton Police Department.  Steven has a heart to serve those who are serving and protecting our communities on a regular basis by being available 24/7 for our first responders to aide each of them in finding healing when times are tough.