"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


Brigadier General Jim Walker, USMC (RET.) Executive Director

After General James “Jim” C. Walker graduated from Clemson University with honors in May 1976, he was commissioned a Lieutenant of Marines. During his 33 years of service in the United States Marine Corps, General Walker served in various command and staff positions around the world. His final military assignment was in the Pentagon as the senior military attorney for the Marine Corps. In that position he supervised nearly 1000 attorneys and support personnel around the world. General Walker and his wife Nancy have been married for 35 years and live in Boone, North Carolina.


Captain James R. Fisher, USN (RET.) Supervisory 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.


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 worked 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.


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.

Commander Daniel C. Stephens, USN (RET.)

Commander Daniel C. Stephens, USN (RET.) Chaplain

After being drafted during Vietnam, "Chaplain Dan" served in the Air Force for four years. Upon completion of his tour he attended Trinity Bible College Florida and Denver Seminary. He joined the USAFR chaplaincy in 1980 and then transferred to the USN Chaplaincy in 1988. During his 32-year career, he has served with every branch of the military and has been deployed in every war since 1971. For over eight years of his Navy career he taught Marriage Enrichment Retreats as CREDO Director. Dan and his wife Linda have been married for 39 years and have four children.