About Mike
and Kathy

Mike

Mike grew up in Louisiana’s Cajun country, playing football for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana). In his junior year, Mike entered the U.S. Marine Corps’ Platoon Leadership programs, which lead to a ten-year commitment as a US Marine Infantry Officer. During this time, Mike laid the groundwork for a lifetime of leadership training and experience.

Mike left active duty to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Theological Seminary (where he met and married Kathy). Upon graduation, Mike spent a year as a hospital chaplain in a Clinical Pastoral Education program in Columbia, SC. After a year as a pastor and law enforcement chaplain near Brevard, NC, Mike entered the U.S. Navy as a chaplain.

Over the next twenty-six years, Mike served in a multitude of commands with the U.S. Marine Corps and with the U.S. Navy. During his career, Mike spent ten months in the Persian Gulf combat zone during Desert Shield/Desert Storm; ten months as the Combined Forces Chaplain in Kabul, Afghanistan; and fourteen months as II Marine Expeditionary Force Chaplain at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. For more details on Mike’s military career, click here.

Mike’s last duty was as Commanding Officer for the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center. He retired in 2011 with thirty-six years of military service and thirty years on active duty. Upon retirement, Mike was diagnosed with moderate to severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Using his expertise as a counselor and his experience with PTSD/moral injury, Mike and Kathy have written a book about their family’s journey through this struggle with PTSD. They use their own experiences as well as theological insights to show their family’s journey to embrace the difficulties presented by returning warriors.

Mike now teaches chaplaincy at Columbia International University’s Seminary. Mike is completing his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Aberdeen. His primary focus is chaplaincy. To read Mike’s CV, click here.

Mike and Kathy have been married for more than thirty years. They have three children, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Mike and Kathy currently live in Blythewood, South Carolina.

Mike is available as a speaker or consultant on leadership, chaplaincy, and PTSD/moral injury. Click on Contact Us below to send your questions or to invite Mike to speak to or consult with your group or institution.

Kathy

A native of South Carolina, Kathy graduated from the University of Georgia before she met Mike at Southeastern Theological Seminary. Kathy’s life then became one of moving every year or two to places such as Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Keflavik, Iceland.

Kathy’s volunteer experiences with military spouses and in military chapels comprised her work early in their marriage. She also taught university religion courses to active duty Marines and sailors, which provided her with insights into the military community that she would not have had as a normal spouse. With Mike, Kathy taught many workshops on deployment issues and other family issues. She also taught many workshops for women and families.

When the Langstons were stationed in Rhode Island, Kathy earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in English (Composition and Rhetoric) from the University of Rhode Island. Currently, Kathy teaches professional communication at the University of South Carolina.

Mike’s diagnosis of moderate to severe PTSD came as no surprise to Kathy. She spent several years learning as much as she could to help ease Mike’s way back from war. The knowledge she gained during that time and the changes that she made to their environment form the core of their book, A Journey to Hope: Healing the Traumatized Spirit.

Mike and Kathy have been married for more than thirty years. They have three children, a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. Mike and Kathy currently live in Blythewood, South Carolina.

Kathy is available as a speaker or consultant to spouse groups, families, and others on PTSD/moral injury and the challenges facing those who love warriors with PTSD/moral injury. Click on Contact Us below to send your questions or to invite Kathy to speak to or consult with your group or institution.

Mike and Kathy are also available as a team to speak or consult on PTSD/moral injury.Click on Contact Us below to send your questions or to invite the Langstons to speak to or consult with your group or institution.