Todd Pynch

Title Executive Chaplain, Chaplain One
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Todd has served as a Chaplain for 22 years. He first started as a volunteer Chaplain with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Corvallis, Oregon. In January 2003, Todd founded Crisis Chaplaincy Services and he continues to serve as our Executive Chaplain. Todd has received extensive training in critical incident stress management and is involved with several peer support teams for various agencies.

Because of his training and experience in crisis intervention, he is a part-time instructor at Chemeketa Community College and teaches several seminars each year for emergency service agencies. He was also a responder to Ground Zero after the attack on America on 09/11. Todd has been a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains for several years and serves as the Oregon Area Representative for that organization.
Todd has been involved in emergency services since 1975 when he first volunteered as a Cadet with the Stayton Police Department. He later worked with the Oregon State Police for 2 1/2 years and served as a Reserve Deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office during the time that he was a volunteer Chaplain there.

Todd was born and raised right here in the Willamette Valley. After graduating from Stayton High School, Todd attended Western Baptist College in Salem and eventually graduated from there with a Bachelor of Science degree in pastoral ministries in 1987. Todd has been married to his wife, Martha since February 1983 and they have two children, Cari (21) and Andrew (13). The Pynch’s are members of the Salem Evangelical Church and are actively involved in service within their congregation.

After Todd & Martha were married they spent 17 years in the ministry. Thirteen of those years were spent at Northside Church in Corvallis where Todd served as the Senior Pastor. Because of a deep desire to serve emergency service workers full time, Todd resigned as the pastor of his church in December 2002 and he and his family took a huge leap of faith in starting Crisis Chaplaincy Services. God has honored their commitment and the work of the chaplaincy continues to grow. In his free time he loves to hunt, camp and ride his motorcycle.