“Exploring the Moral Landscape: Military, Theological, and Academic Intersections” Plenary


Dr. Warren Kinghorn is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke Divinity School and Duke University Medical Center, and also a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center where he directs the Psychiatric Emergency Care program.  Formed by his role as a psychiatrist working with returning combat veterans, he is interested in the intersection between Christian theology and trauma theory and has spoken at local and national conferences about the role of religious communities in the care of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Elyse Gustafson, a First Lieutenant and chaplain candidate in the US Army Reserve, is attached to the 48th Combat Support Hospital at Ft. Meade, MD while she continues the process for ordination in the Episcopal Church. She is presently the assistant to the rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA and a part-time CPE chaplain at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she aids in the facilitation of discussion groups for veterans. Elyse is a graduate of several military schools including Cadet Field Training at West Point, Advanced Individual Academic Development, the ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course, the Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course, and the Combat Medical Ministry Course. She holds degrees from Wheaton College and Duke Divinity School. Her academic interests focus at the intersections of theology and military ethics.

Chaplain Colonel Herman Keizer, Jr., United States Army (Ret), is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church and served as a Chaplain in the Army for thirty years.  After his retirement, he then served as the Director of Chaplaincy Ministries for the Christian Reformed Church in North America until he retired in 2009.  He has received Distinguished Alumni awards from both Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Professional Chaplains. Chaplain Keizer’s military experience provided opportunities to serve in some unique and challenging assignment that provided experience and education across a wide spectrum of disciplines.