Category Archives: Chaplains

Bud Sparling, 2001 EPC Moderator, dies at 79


budsparlingDarryl E. “Bud” Sparling, Moderator of the 21st General Assembly, died on December 4 in Denver, Colo. He was 79.

In addition to serving as Moderator in 2001, Sparling was a former member of the Permanent Judicial Commission and the Chaplains Work and Care Committee. He was also part of the committee that rewrote the Book of Discipline, which was ratified by the 17th General Assembly.

Following service in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Sparling entered Princeton Theological Seminary in August 1965. Upon graduation in 1969, he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) and returned to active duty as an Army Chaplain, a role in which he served assignments in the United States, South Korea, and Germany.

He was received by the EPC Presbytery of the West in 1982 when he was serving at Faith Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Colo. He later helped plant Covenant Community Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Colo., and served as Associate Pastor of Parker Presbyterian Church in Parker, Colo. In addition to his service at the local church, he and his wife, Carol, served with Youth for Christ and EPC World Outreach.

Sparling also was an adjunct professor of Denver Seminary, where he taught Presbyterian Polity and facilitated a required spiritual formation group for students.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; sons Matson and Bryan; daughter Meg; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Sparling Herber.

A memorial service will be held at Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church on December 17. Burial with full military honors will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on December 19.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Sparling’s memory be made to Parker Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 9030 Miller Road, Parker, CO 80138; or Christ Episcopal Church, 2950 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210.

Christmas decorations a ministry for EPC Chaplain Endorser


MarkInglesChristmasEPC Chaplain Endorser Mark Ingles was the lead story on KOAA News5 in Colorado Springs on December 25. He uses his Christmas lights display to benefit a local food bank.

“They surprised me on the 23rd when they came to my door to film my place, interview me, and also people driving by to see it,” Ingles said. “I was even more surprised when it was the lead story on the news Christmas night; that was so cool!”

Click here to watch the 2-minute feature story.

January 11 followup: The Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado reports that Mark collected 315 lbs. of food—enough for 260 meals. See

EPC Chaplain Timothy Mallard receives Ph.D.

Timothy Mallard

Timothy Mallard

Col. Timothy S. Mallard, Command Chaplain at the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon (Ga.) received the Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter, Wales, on July 10. His dissertation examines Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ecclesiology as a construct for the praxis of contemporary public theology, and further analyzes the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps as a model for this effort within democratic polities.

Mallard is the EPC’s senior ranking chaplain and is beginning a term on the Chaplains Work and Care Committee this year.

Congratulations, Dr. Mallard!

Chaplain Tim Mallard selected for Colonel


Chaplain-Tim-Mallard-selected-for-ColonelThe EPC is proud to announce that Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel, Tim Mallard (pictured at right with his wife, Sharon), US Army, has been selected for Colonel and will pin on his new rank in the near future.  Of course with new rank comes new responsibilities, and in turn, a likely new assignment.  Tim is currently serving with honor, distinction, and diligence at the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Together we congratulate Tim on this well-deserved recognition of his outstanding qualities, and wish he and his family the best as new opportunities and career adventures unfold.