Meet Our Chaplains
Chaplains are here to listen, serve, and care for people no matter their spiritual perspective.
Chris Kelly: Chris is an ordained local pastor with over 35 years of ministry experience. Whether it be a financial, health, or marriage crisis, Chris is passionate about coming alongside people in need and showing them God's abundant promises for their life.
Gordon Wohlers: Gordon has served as a pastor for many years. His love for working with people comes from his zest for life and desire to connect people's lives to the story of God. His passion is to serve people of all ages in showing and showering them with God's love, grace, compassion, and kindness.
Todd McKellips:Todd has experience as a pastor and public safety chaplain. God has put on his heart a passion to promote strong marriages, creative lifestyle choices, healthy communication and spiritual well being.
Lisa: Her heart and desire is to serve her community by Meeting people where they are in life whether it’s needing prayer, resources, or walk alongside others to reflect the hands and feet of Jesus and to assist organizations that help out those in need.
Dale: I have served the Church for over 35 years, in all sorts of ways and feel privileged to get to share what I’ve discovered about navigating life, being a parent, and loving your spouse. If you need someone to help you search for answers to the tough questions life creates, are looking for tools to help you through your current season of life, or just want someone to pray with you I’d love for you to consider me a resource.
Rev. Taeler Morgan (MDiv., PCUSA): Taeler is the pastor of Gather Tacoma. Gather is a faith community for people who have questions, are exploring a faith journey, or haven't felt at home in the traditional church and are looking for a place to belong. As a faith community, we invite people to experience the love of Jesus around our shared table, on a shared journey, and for a shared purpose.
Taeler is passionate about Jesus, her family, creating community, developing leaders, reading, and bread baking. Taeler, her husband Tim, and their two kids, Eliana and Leo, love hanging out in their neighborhood, having fun at the Lakewood Family YMCA, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and finding adventure in the ordinary.
Captain John Kelley and Captain Kyna Kelley: They have served in pastoral leadership and ministry through The Salvation Army all along the west coast. Together they have pastored, lead, and developed a wide variety of programs to help individuals reach their full potential through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Captain John and Captain Kyna arrived in Puyallup in July of 2018, and serve as the Administrators and Pastors of The Salvation Army Puyallup Valley Corps.
John and Kyna both grew up Tucson, AZ and began a relationship after meeting in Jr. High School. They have been married for over 20 years and have five children ranging from ages 26 to age 8. As a family, they enjoy participating in many activities and coming to The YMCA here in Puyallup.
Captain John Kelley and Captain Kyna Kelley have a desire to love all people in all walks of life. They believe that true joy can be achieved when all areas of the body, mind, and soul are attended to. Captain John Kelley is a compassionate, calm and sincere listener and encourager. Captain Kyna Kelley is full of energy, joy, and spirit-filled passion. Individually or as a team, they are always available and willing to come alongside others in the journey to wholeness.
Brett Latin: Brett has served in pastoral ministry for over 20 years in the areas of youth, discipleship, evangelism, missions and is now the lead pastor of Sozo Church which is a new church plant here in Puyallup.
Brett’s heart is to help people find freedom in Christ through understanding how much God loves and cares deeply for them. Brett is a good listener and is available if you need someone to talk to about life’s challenges. Feel free to connect with him. He would enjoy meeting you and hearing your story.
Brett and his wife Kerry have two boys and a dog who are full of life and keep them young. His family is active in the life of the YMCA and appreciates the opportunities the YMCA offers.
Dory Lemley: Dory began her Chaplain training over 30 years ago at St. Joe's hospital as she studied Clinical Pastoral Education, which led to her serving as a Volunteer Chaplain at Multi-Care. Along with serving as a Chaplain, Dory's ministry experience includes serving in many different capacities in local churches. Dory has many strengths including her active listening skills and her ability to feel and show empathy to all. However, her greatest strength is her strong and wavering faith in Jesus, which is apparent in how she loves and treats others.
Mark Willson: Mark's passion is to come alongside people wherever they are in their journey with Jesus. He is deeply committed to the YMCA's holistic focus on developing body, mind, and spirit. Mark shares, "we are integrated beings, created for more than just isolated existence focused on ourselves."
James Floyd: James Floyd is the Lead Pastor of Intrepid Christian Church in Gig Harbor. He has been serving as a volunteer chaplain since February 2015, because the YMCA provides great opportunities to live out Jesus' command to "love your neighbor." He is here to listen, pray with or for you, and help to find answers to spiritual questions.