Chaplain McAlexander graduated from Topeka College of the Ministry in 1978 and spent seven years pastoring his home church in Mayetta, Kansas. While there he served as City Councilman, Fire Chief and Mayor. He left there to serve two years as Dean of Students at Christian Heritage College.
In 1986 he felt a strong call to military ministry and began Seminary at Cincinnati Christian where he received an MA in 1987 and a M.Div. in 1988.
In August of 1988 he came on active duty and received orders to Third Battalion, MCRD, Parris Island.
Next Chaplain McAlexander received orders to USS Mobile Bay, CG-‐‑53 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. The ship was deployed for DESERT STORM; Keep the Peace, Southern Watch and the Mount Pinatubo Evacuation. Mobile Bay served as the Northern Picket Ship for DESERT STORM.
In July of 1993 he received orders to Post Graduate School at Fuller Theological where he received a Doctor of Ministry Degree.
From there he moved down the coast to Naval Station San Diego where he served as Special Projects Officer for Urban Missions, establishing a outreach ministry that ministered to over 250 children a week.
Something new awaited Chaplain McAlexander in New Orleans. He served as Coast Guard District Eight Chaplain, where he had pastoral oversight for 133 units scattered over 26 states.
Answering a need to have airborne qualified Chaplains he volunteered to attend Army Airborne School and received his jump wings in November of 2000.
In 2000 orders came to serve Marine Air Group 13, Yuma, Arizona. It was from Yuma that MAG-‐‑13 embarked on USS Bonhomme Richard and deployed for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Chaplain McAlexander returned to the Coast Guard in 2003 serving as the Deputy Chaplain of the Coast Guard and orchestrating 26 Coast Guard Chaplains serving in operations following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The Military Chaplain Association selected him as Coast Guard Chaplain of the year.
Air War College was the next assignment. Chaplain McAlexander received a Masters in Strategic Studies and completed Joint Professional Military Education 1 and 2.
Following Air War College orders came to the Third Marine Regiment in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
While there he earned his Fleet Marine Force Qualification. Chaplain McAlexander was promoted to Captain and transferred across the street to serve as the Command Chaplain Marine Corps Base Hawaii where chapel attendance grew from 70 to 350.
He reported as the Force Chaplain for Commander, Navy Cyber Forces Command, Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek-‐‑Fort Story, Virginia. Shortly after arriving he was realigned under U.S. Fleet Cyber Command-‐‑U.S.TENTH Fleet, as the Fleet Chaplain.
In his last tour he served as the Pacific Area Chaplain on Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California. Pacific Area is comprised of 13,000 people, covers nine states and 74,000,000 square miles of ocean.
Kal currently serves as the Executive Director for the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
Chaplain McAlexander holds a Bachelors Degree in Sacred Literature from Topeka College of the Ministry (Topeka, KS), a Master of Arts in Church Growth from Cincinnati Christian Seminary (Cincinnati, OH), a Master of Divinity from Cincinnati Christian Seminary (Cincinnati, OH), a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from Air War College (Montgomery, AL), also earning his Joint Professional Military Education 1 and 2. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA).
Chaplain McAlexander’s personal decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and numerous unit awards, campaign and service medals.
Chaplain McAlexander is married to the former Cynthia Marie McCulley of Topeka, Kansas. They have three children, Josh, Jess, Kalie and two daughter-‐‑in-‐‑laws, Rachelle and Jessy with two grandchildren, Landon and Raelynn.