Meet the your
2022 Elected Officers
Bennie Durham, 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!
Allison Hoffman, Secretary
I've been a member of SCPSCA since 2019.
I've been a Dispatcher for 20 years, 17 of them for various Public Safety agencies including Greer Police and Fire and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. I am an Ordained Minister and Pastoral Counselor, and am currently studying the Pastoral Care Specialist program through Arizona Christian Counseling. I have several certifications in Suicide Assessment and Prevention. I live in Greer, SC with my husband Leo and 3 fur children.
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.
Cathleen Cathcart, Spiritual Care Director
I have served as pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg since 2012. In 2018, I became chaplain of Glendale Fire Department and water rescue volunteer. The following year I graduated from Spartanburg Emergency Services Academy and began full-time as a firefighter. As of March 2022, I work part-time with State Fire as a program assistant for Community Risk Reduction. I have an AA and AS from University of South Carolina Union and a BLS from University of South Carolina Palmetto College. I am an ordained minister and attended Emmanuel College as well as Columbia College. I have also served on foreign mission teams through Revival Fires to Russia and The Netherlands. I am honored to serve with South Carolina Public Safety Chaplains.
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!
Chris Wade, Past 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.