In July of this year I will have 20 years of correctional experience, including 5 different facilities in Region I and Central Office. Some of my strong points include leadership, relationship skills, organization and passion for making a difference.
I serve as the Program Chaplain for the Department of Correction, specifically overseeing the Faith & Character Residential programs. My responsibilities include; place the orders in My Florida Marketplace for Chaplaincy needs, maintaining FDLE certification to conduct NCIC/FCIC background checks, help manage the volunteer database on FAST. I also submit a weekly faith & character residential reports, and compile the monthly performance evaluations numbers for Chaplain Taylor In addition I conduct training for volunteers and staff as requested, answer the phone and e-mails for chaplain requests around the state and assist Chaplain Taylor with any other duties as requested.
I supervised 2 staff chaplains and 1 clerk typist and was responsible for chaplaincy services at Gulf CI, Gulf Annex, Franklin WC, and Gulf Forestry Camp. During that time I helped oversee and order chapel equipment for the newly constructed annex chapel. I filled in for the Lead Chaplain in Region I when he was on leave.
I supervised a staff chaplain and clerk typist at Apalachee East and West Unit and River Junction. I managed chaplaincy services at the three units working with my staff chaplain. One highlight of my time at ACI was sanding down and re-finishing all the theater seats in the East Unit chapel which were covered with gang graffiti. The chapel inmates and I felt like it was time to clean God's house,and I obtained permission to purchase two palm sanders and we went to work.
I was asked to go to Wakulla to provide chaplaincy services for the new facility. Personnel asked me to go since they had three chaplains at ACI and only two positions. I agreed to go with the understanding that I would transfer back closer to home as soon as possible since the drive was 63 miles one way. There was no chapel so we started in a classification office and held services in the VP and inmate dinning area. I joined the monthly ministerial association and began building the volunteer base for programming at Wakulla CI.
I worked under Sr. Chaplain Bill Hunter who was at the East Unit and provided chaplaincy services for the West Unit.
I was hired by Chaplain David Ring as an OPS chaplain. Most of my duties consisted of daily rounds in CM. I also filled in the preaching rotation.
I started at Liberty CI and spent 2 in training there before I was transfered to ACI by the Lead Chaplain C. Breaden to help Chaplin Counselman at ACI. Chaplain Counselman retired in December of 2004 and I was by myself at the East Unit until June of 2005 when Chaplain Hunter was hired. During this time I was also attending the Florida Baptist Theological College full time and served as the youth pastor at my local church. In addition I had 4 teenagers and a wife at home, those were busy years.
I started a construction business with a partner in Ohio. We built the business from the two of us to 16 employees in the next 16 years. In July of 1991 a friend of mine asked me to go with him to a prison in Indiana as a volunteer for a three day seminar on what it means to be a godly father and husband. This is where my life drastically changed, that day I re-committed my life to God, within two years my wife and I would sell our house, move to Florida and I would return to college to become a prison chaplain.
After graduating from a 2 yr college in Kansas I fulfilled my dream of becoming a police officer. This was also the year I got married and it soon became apparent that I would need to make a choice between my marriage and my job. I was working nights and my wife was working days and all of our family members lived in other states. I choose my marriage and after 35 years I know I made the right decision.
I attended from January of 1994 until May of 1996 to complete a Bachelor of Theology degree.
Hesston College is a Mennonite College, which is my denomination, my classes were mostly mandatory classes, for electives I choose history and psychology classes which I enjoyed.
I grew up on a wheat farm in North Dakota, small school with all 12 grades in one building.
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