Chaplain Biographies

Doug McMahon

Doug McMahonDoug McMahon grew up in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, and is a graduate of Asbury College (Kentucky), Wheaton College Graduate School (Illinois) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago). Before attending seminary, he was the Assistant Director of The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge, one of Chicago’s largest shelters for homeless families with children. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Chicago in 1987, and has served as the pastor of Irvingwood-Acacia Presbyterian Church, Chicago; the founding pastor of Oviedo Presbyterian Church in Central Florida Presbytery; and as the pastor of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg. Doug, also, is a leader in the area of new church development in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay and is co-pastor of a new faith community in downtown St. Petersburg, the Missio Dei Community. Doug is married to Robin Gipson and they have two grown sons, Patrick and Robert.

Libby Shannon

Libby ShannonLibby Shannon joyfully joined the staff of the Center for Spiritual Life as the Associate Chaplain in August of 2010. She grew up in Bonita Springs, Florida and is an alumna of Eckerd College. Libby graduated in 2005 having studied Religious Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She received a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia in 2008 where she served as president of the student body during the 2007-2008 year. Prior to returning home to Eckerd, Libby served in the capacity of an interim associate pastor for youth and families and as a resident volunteer at the Stony Point Center in New York. She currently serves as a national committee member for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship and was ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2010.