The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is elected by the membership for 2-year terms in the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All other Executive Committee positions are appointed by the incoming President.  Below you’ll find the Chaplains who serve on the current committee. These members serve as volunteers for the organization. Please feel free to contact any of them for more information about the association or address any specific questions.

Click any name for contact information and personal information about each board member.


President - Cynthia Vaughan

Rev. Cynthia Vaughan

Rev. Cynthia Vaughan
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
P.O. Box 7833
Wilmington, NC 28406
(910) 667-7760
Contact by email



  • CPE Supervisor at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington NC since 2009
  • Endorsed by the United Methodist Church
  • I enjoy reading, living near the ocean, reflecting on the things I have already done and dreaming about the things I am yet to do! (Can you tell I am close to retirement?!)
  • Contact me with your ideas, your concerns, your questions
  • Contact me if you are interested in participating in the leadership of the North Carolina Chaplains’ Association


Vice President - Greg McClain

Rev. Dr. Greg McClain

Vice President
Rev. Dr. Greg McClain
Johnston Health
509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-8171
Contact by email



  • Director of Spiritual Care and Volunteer Services at Johnston Health
  • Endorsed by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • I enjoy singing in my church choir, growing a vegetable garden, reading, and golf
  • I am currently surveying literature for evidenced based research which supports the value that chaplains add to healthcare
  • Contact me if you have concerns, celebrations, or ideas for ways we can make NCCA even better


Secretary - Chelsy Mitchell

Rev. Chelsy Mitchell

Rev. Chelsy Mitchell

More information coming soon!






Treasurer - Delbert Minner
Delbert Minner

Rev. Delbert Minner

Rev. Delbert Minner
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care
902 Kirkwood Street NW
Lenoir, NC 28645
(828) 750-4785
Contact by email



  • Chaplain/Faith Community Liaison at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, Caldwell County, NC (has worked there since 2011)
  • Endorsed by The Wesleyan Church
  • Joined NCCA as a CPE Student at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2010 and assumed the role of treasurer in June of 2016
  • Enjoys watching/attending sports events, deer hunting, model trains, reading and spending time with my first grandson, Oliver, who just turned 1
  • Currently pursuing a DMIN in Pastoral Care and Counseling through Gardner Webb University (School of Divinity)
  • Married 30 years to Cynthia, with two children, Heather Minner Lynn (graduate of ASU, married, age 26) and Ryan Minner, age 24, who just graduated from UNC-G in Media Studies
  • As the treasurer, I work closely with the Educational Chair and Administrative Coordinator preparing for the educational events. I will aid members of the NCCA as the registrar at the educational events with room reservations, meal restrictions, and keeper/reporter of the financial records
  • Finally, I love it when members register for the education events as early, and correctly, as possible using the NCCA website.


Administrative Coordinator - Jeanell Cox

Rev. Jeanell Cox

Administrative Coordinator
Rev. K. Jeanell Cox
905 Hwy 321
Suite 208
Hickory, NC 28601
(919) 321-8903
Contact by email



  • NCCA Administrative Coordinator and Chaplain at Glenaire Continuing Care Retirement Community
  • Endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Enjoys cooking, reading, crafts, time with my family, playing flute, Netflix and handbells
  • Married to Christopher Ingram, and busy with three sweet boys ages 9, 8, and 5
  • Contact me if you have any questions about your membership, dues, registration for educational events, or need assistance with our website
  • Contact me with ideas about how to make your membership experience more user-friendly


Publicity - Melanie Childers

Rev. Melanie Childers

Publicity Chair
Rev. Melanie Childers
Watauga Medical Center
PO Box 2600
Boone, NC  28607
(828) 266-1178
Contact by email



  • Director of Pastoral Care at Watauga Medical Center (has worked there since 1998)
  • Endorsed by the United Church of Christ
  • Enjoys hiking, snow shoeing, reading, and exploring the natural world
  • Currently researching the role of spirituality beyond theism
  • Contact me if you have successes or educational events you’d like to publicize
  • Contact me if you’d like to be featured, or nominate someone to be featured, in our member spotlight

Publicity Committee Co-Chair: Ellen Abercrombie


Education - Dewey Smith
Dewey Smith

Rev. Dr. Dewey Smith

Education Chair
Rev. Dr. Dewey Smith
Hospice and Palliative Care, Charlotte Region
1420 E 7th Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
(336) 681-3678
Contact by email



  • Serves as Hospice Chaplain in Charlotte
  • Retired US Army Reserve Chaplain
  • Education Chair of NC Chaplains’ Association
  • Contact Dewey with ideas for speakers or for educational events

Education Committee Members: Martha Brown, Joanna Buckley, Gregory McClain, Walt Windley


Advocacy - Saundra Casey
Saundra Casey

Rev. Saundra Casey

Advocacy Chair
Rev. Saundra Casey
Johnston Health
509 N. Bright Leaf Blvd.
Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-8171
Contact by email



  • Endorsed by the Baptist General Convention (also known as “Converge Ministries”)
  • Chaplain at Johnston Health and Licensed Therapist practicing in Smithfield, NC
  • Currently a Ph.D. student
  • Enjoys family time, yoga, Zumba, reading and being a band mom
  • Interested in research, advocacy and organizational leadership within chaplaincy
  • Contact me if you are interested in advocacy related issues for chaplaincy


Marketing - Seth Cotton
Seth Cotton

Rev. Seth Cotton

Marketing Chair
Rev. Seth Cotton
Centra Health System
1902 Grace Street
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 947-5114 Ext 227
Contact by email



  • Hospice Chaplain with Centra Hospice
  • Endorsed by The Wesleyan Church
  • I enjoy reading, Netflix, hiking, woodworking, and being a parent
  • Contact me if you have an interest in marketing for the North Carolina Chaplains Association


Past President - Beth Jackson-Jordan
Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan

Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan

Past President
Rev. Beth Jackson-Jordan
Department of Pastoral Care, Carolinas Medical Centers-Northeast
920 Church St., N
Concord, NC 28025
(704) 403-3335
Contact by email



  • Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
  • Endorsement is through the Alliance of Baptists
  • Enjoys hiking, gardening, traveling, playing piano and reading
  • Currently interested in research on CPE as a methodology for training persons in ministry
  • Contact me if you are interested in serving in a leadership position in NCCA


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