Staff

"From the moment we got picked up at the airport, it was the best hospitality we've ever received. We cannot say thanks enough." -- Marine Staff Sergeant Harold and Melinda Bean


CAPTAIN JAMES R. FISHER, USN (RET.)

Dr. Thomas B. Webber, CAPT, USN, Ret. Director

After Dr. Webber, “Tom,” graduated from Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, Michigan) in May 1979, he started his career in the Gospel ministry. During his 40 years of service as an ordained minister, he has served at every level as a professional clergyman. From 1994 to 2019, Tom served in the United States Navy as a chaplain. He has served our nation through various command and staff positions around the world with the Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard. His final military assignment was as a “Plank Owner” of USCYBER Command, our newest Unified Combatant Command. Tom and his wife Karen have been married for 40 years and live near Boone, North Carolina.

CAPTAIN JAMES R. FISHER, USN (RET.)

Rev. Jim Fisher, CAPT, USN, Ret. Chaplain

Chaplain Fisher, “Chaps”, served as a U.S. military chaplain for over 30 years, fulfilling assignments with all branches of the armed forces. He has combat experience with both Marines and Soldiers and has been engaged in several operational tours aboard Navy ships. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Combat Action Ribbon. He is an alumnus of Virginia Tech, North Park Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and the U.S. Naval War College. Chaplain Fisher and his wife Lori have been married since 1977 and have three sons.

BRIGADIER GENERAL JIM WALKER, USMC (RET.)

Rev. Emory Lussi, CDR, USN, Ret. Chaplain

Chaplain Emory “Em” Lussi is a retired Navy Chaplain having served on a carrier, with Marines and the Coast Guard. In his last command he worked with Army and Air Force personnel. Em deployed on the USS John F Kennedy (2002-North Arabian Sea), with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines (2004) and VMAQ 3 (2010-2011), both in Afghanistan. Before the Navy, he was a pastor in Wyoming, a houseparent, and wildlife technician with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. He and Beverly have been married since 1977, have 4 children (Matt-Army, Jeremy-Army, Aaron-Marine, Bethany-married a Marine), and 12 grandchildren.

MARK AND SANDY LANG

Mark and Sandy Lang Program Manager & Facilities Manager

Mark and Sandy Lang have lived in Port Alsworth since 1976, when they moved from the Midwest to work at a lodge where Mark served as a pilot and fishing/hunting guide, and Sandy as a hostess and cook. From 1991 to 2009, the Langs ran their own lodge and raised their two children on the shores of Lake Clark. In 2010, Franklin Graham asked the Langs to help develop and manage Samaritan Lodge Alaska. Mark and Sandy are grateful that by God’s grace they have the opportunity to realize their greater dream to share the healing love of Jesus Christ to America’s wounded and injured service members and their spouses.

Pat-Flemming

Rev. Patrick Fleming Aftercare Manager

The Rev. Pat Fleming served as a pastor and community chaplain in New York State for 20 years. “Pastor Pat,” as he prefers to be called, is also a former tenured professor at the State University of New York at Canton. His expertise in the area of aftercare comes from designing and implementing an extensive follow-up program for families grieving the death of a loved one. He ministers to injured service members and their families on an ongoing basis as part of Operation Heal Our Patriots.  Pastor Pat and his wife, Karen, have been married since 1982 and have five daughters.

Greg Duvall

Rev. Greg Duvall Aftercare Chaplain

Rev. Greg Duvall is from San Antonio, Texas, and has spent most of his life in chaplaincy ministry and served seven years as a member of the U.S. Army. Trained as a corporate chaplain, Greg counseled individuals and couples; helped individuals through crisis, grief, and loss; and coordinated follow-up care. Greg is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds a master’s degree in corporate chaplaincy from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Shawna, have been married since 2004 and have three children. They adopted their youngest child from Thailand.

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