Others went out to the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty seas - Psalm 107:23
Others went out to the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty seas- Psalm 107:23

Board of Directors


Rev. David Butler, President - St. John's Lutheran Church

Gary Santos, Vice President - ISS Shipping

Matt O’Toole, Secretary - Hapag Lloyd

Michael McGinnis, Treasurer - S.C. Ports Authority

Tally DaPore - Grace Episcopal Church

Sergio Fedelini - Mediterranean Shipping Co. (U.S.A.) Inc.

Cathy Smuniewski - Geodis USA, Inc.

Sam Hines - K&L Gates LLP 

Darrell Johnson - http://hibbenumc.org 

Decon Paul Rosenblum - The Citadel

Howard Harder - Charleston Freight Station

Scott Adams - Liquid Transport

Joe Frick - Christ Our King


Honorary Members

The Reverend Mark Cooke

John Hassell - (retired) Maritime Association of Charleston

The Reverend Jim Whittemore - (retired) Seamens Church Institute

The Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society is a Christian charitable organization that exists for the purpose of welcoming and serving the needs of those men and women who make their livelihood in the port or at sea without regards to nationalithy, race, ethnicity, politics or religion.


Each year, more than 65,000 seafarers arrive on hundreds of vessels to the Charleston Port. Most crews consist of persons from diverse third-world countries and from many cultures. Three to four nationalities are common for one vessel, with a crew of around 25 seafarers. Many are lonely, away from home and their families for up to a year at a time. The need and opportunity for ministry to these brothers and sisters is tremendous.

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Call at (843) 856-7046

Email:  chapssmail@gmail.com

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Charleston Port & Seafarers' Society

PO Box 2442

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

Please Support Our Partner Organizations: Charleston Motor Carriers Association; Charleston Women in International Trade; http://www.cwitsc.org/ Custom House Brokers & Freight Forwarders; http://cbffac.com/ Maritime Association of Charleston; http://www.maritimesc.org/ Propeller Club of Charleston; http://www.propellerclubchs.com/

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