Archive for USACCRA Board Members

CH (COL-R) Scottie Lloyd, President

Scottie Lloyd served for over 30 years, Active and Reserve, with the Army as an infantry officer and primarily as a chaplain (1975-2012). Overseas he served in Germany Korea, Haiti, Kuwait, and on special assignment to a variety of places in the Middle East. His last position was as the Director of Personnel and Ecclesiastical Relations for the Army Chief of Chaplains retiring in May 2012.

He possesses a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, a Master of Divinity degree from Christ Seminary-Seminex, a graduate of the USA Command and General Staff School, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, is a graduate of the Army Clinical Pastoral Education program (4 units), and is nearly finished with a Certificate in Archaeological Excavation from Palomar College (San Marcos).  

He is endorsed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Scottie is married to Karen (Anders) Lloyd with two sons and two grandchildren. Scottie serves in a variety of organizations both locally and nationally primarily supporting military veterans and the poor.


CH (COL-R) Mark Roeder, Secretary

CH (COL-R) Mark Roeder currently serves as the pastor of Grace Church, United Church of Christ in Ft. Wright, Kentucky. Mark joined the Army Chaplain Corps in June 1990 and culminated his career serving as the Deputy Commandant, US Army Chaplain Center and School. Just before his retirement, he was honored as a local Hometown Hero at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame, a highlight of his career coordinated by the US Army Chaplain Center and School Staff. Prior to his stint as an Army chaplain, he served as a hospital chaplain, as well as the Associate Pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Cincinnati. In addition to his pastoral duties, Mark currently serves as the Coordinator for the local UCC Clergy Group. He and his wife Susan are enjoying life in Ft. Thomas, KY, located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Ohio. Susan and Mark are the proud parents of two adult daughters.

Gerri Merkel, Member-at-Large

Ms. Gerri (Caroline) Merkel, claims Nebraska as her home state.

From 1984-2014, Gerri served as a Director of Religious Education with the USA Chaplain’s Office – 20 ½ years in Germany (Augsburg, Bremerhaven, Bad Kreuznach, and Hanau) and 9 ½ years at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, retiring in 2014 with 30 years of service.

A particular growth-giving, and spiritual experience of serving as a DRE was ministering ecumenically with the many denominations/faith groups, and supporting the Chaplains, military and their families. It was/is indeed a privilege to do so.

She presently resides in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Soon she hopes to move back to Nebraska to be closer to family.

Pete Sniffin, VP for Membership

Chaplain Sniffin holds a B.A. in English from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), a Master of Military Art & Science from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He is also a graduate of the The Hill School in Pottstown, PA where he now serves as a member of the Board of Visitors. He is also a former Board Member of the National D Day Memorial and Reformed Theological Seminary’s Chaplain Ministry Institute.

Chaplain Sniffin retired after 36+ years commissioned service in the U.S. Army. His last duty assignments included Assistant Professor In the Department of Command, Leadership & Management and College Chaplain for the U.S. Army War College; the 41st Commandant of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center & School where he led the institution to its first-ever recognition as an Army “Institution of Excellence;” Director of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Center, and as the Chief of Religious Support Operations for the Afghanistan combat theater.

Chaplain Sniffin has served as an ordained Teaching Elder from the Eastern Pennsylvania Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) for 31 years. Currently, Chaplain Sniffin serves as the Senior Advisor for Chaplain Outreach for Ligonier Ministries and as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership for Liberty University.

Chaplain Sniffin is married to the former Rose Marie Finney of Rocky Mount, VA. They have two college-aged daughters: Olivia and Amelia. 

Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Karen J. Diefendorf, VP for Local Chapters

Following the completion of her recall to active duty, January 2014, she served a Tyson Prepared Foods plant as a part-time chaplain while also serving as a chaplain with Hospice Care of South Carolina. She completed her formal pastoral career as Director, Chaplain Services for Tyson Foods, Inc., directing the largest corporate chaplain program in the world, retiring in April 2021.

She continues active ministry by hosting a weekly radio program, “Encounters With God” on Wreaths Across America Radio and serving on five boards, Wreaths Across America, Philippine Mission of the Churches of Christ, US Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association, Marsh Center for Chaplain Studies, and Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality at the University of Arkansas.

She holds an undergraduate degree in Christian Education and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Lincoln (IL) Christian College and Seminary (now Lincoln Christian University) and a Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Ethics from Yale University. Karen completed all residency requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree from Lexington Theological Seminary. She was honored to receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree from Seoul Christian University, Seoul, South Korea.

She is married to husband, Walt, for 44 years and they have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Dennis W. Madtes, Treasurer

Proud father of three Army sons and retired Army Chaplain with a specialty in resources management. After retiring, he continued in resources management working in positions at US Special Operations Command, US Africa Command, and currently HQ Marine Corps Program and Resources in the Pentagon. Active in the American Legion he just completed three years as the Commander of the largest American Legion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He serves as the membership chairman for the post of more than 1480 members. Most importantly, he holds the position of Retired Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.