The headquarters of the Pentecost Today USA (formerly the National Service Committee) is located in Locust Grove, Virginia, about an hour and a half south of Washington, DC. The NSC relocated here from South Bend, Indiana in December 1990, and will relocate to Pittsburgh, PA in 2021.

From its earliest beginnings, the National Service Committee has had an office. The term “Chariscenter USA” was adopted in 1986. Previously the headquarters and office were called the “National Service Committee Office.” The headquarters office have served as a national center for the U.S. Bishops and for Renewal leaders since the 1970s.

The work of Pentecost Today USA is to serve and support Renewal Leaders in:

  • Facilitating networking among leaders of Renewal Centers, prayer groups, and national ministries
  • Providing guidance and information for individuals, prayer groups, Renewal Centers and dioceses looking for connections throughout the country, indeed throughout the world
  • Administering national and local events and collaborating on ecumenical opportunities

In recent years the National Service Committee has published a number of resource materials.

The National Service Committee has one full-time employee and four part-time employees. In addition, it has several contracted positions.

Alicia Hartle serves as Executive Director for Pentecost Today USA (formerly the National Service Committee). The rest of the staff are as follows:

  • Veronica Alvarado, Communications & Project Manager
  • Pete Faix, Director of Operations
  • Jennifer Ciskanik, Office Administrator

Walter Matthews retired in December 2020, after faithfully serving as Executive Director since 1984. Click here to see written and video tributes to Walter. Three of our long time staff members also retired in December 2020:

  • Claire Matthews: Fund Raising since 1995.
  • Barbara Carr: Office and Conference Assistant since 2000.
  • Anne Oyler: Office and Resource Assistant since 2005.
  • Jennifer Kinkopf, Administrative Assistant
  • Stacey March, Administrative Assistant and Transitional Liaison

Tributes and blessings for Walter, Claire, Barbara, and Anne can be sent to us at: or our mailing address. All messages will be forwarded to them.

Contracted positions include:

  • Sr. Mary Anne Schaenzer, SSND, Editor, Pentecost Today
  • Sharon Fox, Production Manager, Pentecost Today

Contact us at:

Pentecost Today USA (formerly the National Service Committee)

PO Box 628
Locust Grove, VA 22508
Fax: 540-972-0627