We are a group of Police Officers in California. Although we do not represent our employers, we do represent our profession as Christian law enforcement officers who have a vision for the lost. We recognize that repeat offenses are at an all time high and victimization of the innocent is a tremendous burden on society.
The financial, emotional and psychological toll of crime cannot be eased through programs alone. What is needed is a truly life changing experience that goes to the very core of the human condition. Our ministry is to those who are incarcerated. We believe the greatest service we can do society is to be part of a solution that offers the chance for reformation to the offender and as a result ensures they will no longer take advantage of the weak.
We are not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of salvation to those who believe and we know that this same power of salvation that brought us into right relationship with God can do so also for inmates and convicts across the country. With that mission in mind, we carry the uncompromised Gospel behind the gray bars and barbed wire of prisons and jails to share the love of Christ with the prisoners housed in them.
We hope you will explore and enjoy this website and pray that God will richly bless you as you commit your way to Him.
God bless you.
COPS Board of Directors
Ken Tutwiler, President
My name is Ken Tutwiler, President and Founder of Cops Out Preaching Salvation, (COPS).
I have been very blessed because I was raised by Christian parents in a Southern Baptist Church. When I was seven years old I asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart and save me from my sins. Shortly after I was saved, I was baptized. When I turned fourteen years old, I felt like I did not have a true understanding of what I did at the age of seven so I rededicated my life to the Lord and I got baptized again.
In 1982, I joined the United States Marine Corps. I moved away from home and unfortunately, I fell away from Christ and I started living a life of sin.
Back in 1986, I started my career in law enforcement working as a California Correctional Officer at the California Institution for Men in Chino, CA. One of my partners that worked the prison yard with me was a Christian. We would walk around the yard and he would witness to the inmates. Little did he know he was also witnessing to me. I was the prodigal son who needed to repent and so again I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ. Thank You Jesus for your grace and mercy, for it is truly sufficient!
I worked as a Correctional Officer for two years and then in 1988 I lateraled over to the California State Police where I served the public for three years. In 1991, I lateraled to a local Municipal Police Department where I am currently employed as a Police Detective.
I am married to a wonderful Christian lady. We have been married for over twenty-six years and we have been blessed with three wonderful children, a son in law and a granddaughter. We attend a wonderful church that is part of the Calvary Churches in Southern California.
Approximately nineteen years ago my former partner Skip Showalter, asked me if I would go with him to the California Youth Authority, (Heman Stark Correctional Facility) to support him as he preached. I went with Brother Skip and I fell in love with the ministry. I continued going with Brother Skip where I gradually got involved “Cell Ministries” and eventually preaching from the pulpit. One day I was reading Matthew 25:36 and I knew then without a doubt that God called me into prison ministry.
God has blessed me with wonderful Christian men like David Reynolds, Randy Ryder, Leon Phillips and Brian Dodson who serve on the Board of Director’s for COPS Ministry and Dr. Tim Hall and Dave Crain who serve as Executive Board Members to COPS ministry. Over the years God has added to the ministry with several committed men and women officers from different police agencies in Southern California who have a heart to serve the Lord.
God has expanded our territory as we have preached in prisons in California, Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana and Massachusetts. I am excited to see where God will continue to lead us.
Chaplain Ken Tutwiler
David Reynolds, Vice President
My name is David Reynolds, Vice President of Cops Out Preaching Salvation, COPS. I am a ‘Son of a Cop!’ I tease people all the time that I have been called worse and so has my dad!
Growing up my father was a fast moving commander in the Riverside County Sherriff’s Department. At the age of 13 my parents got divorced and my life was torn apart. I became a hardhearted youngster. Thankfully, I was sheltered from the many destructive devices that flood our youth today. I found my peace and identity in playing youth tackle football. In high school, football remained my identity. I was an angry young man that through the course of having three different varsity football coaches came to the conclusion that authentic fatherly leadership was an illusion. Moving on to college my professors confirmed and encouraged my disbelief in the existence of such leadership. Near the end of my college journey I was introduced to The Way, The Truth and The Light of Jesus Christ, the ultimate authentic fatherly leader!
It was in 1988, in a packed Fresno Sports Arena, filled with Amway distributors, when I was enlightened to the truth that the authentic fatherly leadership I didn’t believe in, could exist. I was introduced to Jesus Christ. I was introduced to the fact that He was real and authentic. Jesus wanted to love me and be my leader! I went to Fresno that weekend looking for a means of owning a business and left with a hope that my new desired concept of authentic fatherly leadership really existed.
Over the course of time The Holy Spirit healed my hard heart. My dad and I re-connected and is my best friend today! Without his constant guidance and love in my life I can’t imagine how lost I would be! My dad has been and continues to be a true example of authentic fatherly leadership in my life.
Being part of the COPS Ministries has blessed me with the opportunity to reach out to societies outcast and remind them that no sin is too dark or horrible for The Lord to forgive. Being part of COPS has allowed me to share the truth that authentic fatherly leadership does exist in Jesus Christ.
By the Grace of God there go COPS! Shalom