D. Gregory Sapp
Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Hal. S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility
Greg Sapp was born and raised in northeast Florida and graduated from a small high school in Keystone Heights. He began his college career at the University of Florida in Gainesville but after receiving his A.A. transferred to Stetson University where he earned a B.A. in Religious Studies. He then earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis in the formation of Christian Doctrine. From there he attended the University of Virginia and earned the Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology. He began his teaching career in 1996 at West Virginia University and subsequently taught at Mercer University where he was awarded the Spencer B. King, Jr., Distinguished Professor Award. He returned to Stetson in 2006, and holds the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility with an appointment as Associate Professor of Religious Studies. He is a husband and father of three children.
Hal S. Marchman
Central Baptist Church pastor, Daytona Beach; Stetson University Class of 1950
In 2005, Stetson trustees Hyatt and Cici Brown gave the principle gift to endow the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility in honor of Hal Marchman, Stetson graduate and longtime minister in Volusia County. Hal was committed to bettering the lives of the marginalized and worked to help those with chemical dependencies and others who tend to be forgotten by society at large. In retirement, Hal became a part-time lobbyist for several non-profit organizations. Hal was generously recognized during his years in the community, but especially meaningful to him was the establishment of the Marchman Chair for Civic and Social Responsibility at Stetson University.
"The Marchman Chair was made possible by generous gifts honoring the life and community ministry of the Rev. Hal S. Marchman, a 1950 Stetson graduate and former trustee," said former Stetson University President Doug Lee. "A longtime Daytona Beach pastor, Hal has been a tireless advocate for the disadvantaged. We hope Stetson's focus on the model of his life and work will help us find new ways to live out our values commitments."