Thanks for checking out the chaplain’s page! I am very privileged to serve full-time (since July, 1990) with the great Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office – assisting all law enforcement and emergency services agencies in our county, as needed. What a tremendous staff of sworn and non-sworn personnel.
Bozeman Prison Ministries, who does volunteer work in the jail and with the prisoners, hired me, and I am approved by the sheriff. My financial support comes from individuals, churches, and organizations. Bozeman Prison Ministries sets the budget and my salary; all contributions are sent to the board treasurer who pays the bills and my salary. The chaplain’s car is donated courtesy of Danhof Chevrolet, Amsterdam, Montana.
As chaplain, I work and ride with the patrol deputies, jail staff, dispatchers, and other law enforcement agencies in our county and in other counties as needed in times of crisis. I wear the brown Sheriff’s Office uniform. The crosses on my collar and badge identify me as the chaplain. I am on call 24-7-365, and there are four volunteer chaplains who back me up and assist when needed.
(From ICPC) Law enforcement chaplains do some or all of the following:
Counsel law enforcement officers.
Counsel other members of a department.
Counsel the families of law enforcement officers and other department personnel.
Visit sick or injured officers and departmental personnel in homes and hospitals.
Make death notifications.
Provide assistance to victims.
Teach officers in areas such as Stress Management, Ethics, Family Life, and Pre-retirement classes and courses.
Serve as part of a department's Crisis Response Team.
Assist at suicide incidents.
Serve as liaison with other clergy in the community.
Provide for the spiritual needs of prisoners.
Furnish expert responses to religious questions.
Offer prayers at special occasions such as recruit graduations, awards ceremonies, and dedication of buildings.
Serve on review boards, award boards, and other committees.
Deal with transients and the homeless.
Other: I am . . .
· the state rep for the International Conference of Police Chaplains
· the state chairman of the Montana Law Enforcement Chaplains
· an instructor at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy, teaching Stress Management and Family Stress
· a pulpit supply source - to preach or to share the chaplaincy ministry
Our chaplaincy programs in the state are growing because of the excellent ministry of our chaplains. We’d be happy to help any agency get a chaplaincy program started; for more information, contact me or the links above. I have a newsletter that goes out three times a year.