COPS Associates

COPS associates are active member or retired law enforcement members that have answered the call of Matthew 25:36.  They serve the ministry in many different ways.  Travel throughout the country spreading the good news of Jesus Christ.  Most importantly they live their daily lives as examples of Christ filled men and women.  Examples of the many other law enforcement members they work with.  If you are interested in joining the COPS team please contact Ken Tutwiler and he will arrange an interview.  God bless and thank you for your interest in COPS!

Monica Quijano

I grew up in a Catholic home and went to Parochial school for twelve years.  As a family, we really only went to church together on Easter and Christmas Eve.

I knew that there was a God but he seemed so far away and so impersonal.  I could not recall a time I ever read the Bible.  My only experience with the word of God came from the weekly epistle that was passed out on Sunday mornings.  As I grew up I pulled further away from God, thinking that God was this being that was so far away and not really there, because if He was, I wouldn’t feel so lost.

I began my career in law enforcement a little over twenty years ago and shortly thereafter had a son as a single mother.  A couple of years later I married a wonderful man and together we parented our beautiful son.  I seemed to have everything that anyone could ask for, a wonderful man that loved me, a healthy child and a good career.  Yet despite all that I had going for me; I still felt this emptiness that just could not seem to be filled.

As I continued to search for something or someone to fill that void I was also looking for a school for my son to attend.  God with His infinite wisdom led us to enroll our son at a Calvary Chapel school.  As our son’s first year of school progressed he would share his Bible verses with me.  As I attended his chapel presentations and Sunday morning services at Calvary; little by little God was reaching out His hand to me.  I took His hand and gave my life to the Lord in August of 1997.  For the first time in my life, I felt completely filled.

Monica Quijano

Tina Certeza

I am currently a Police Detective with an agency in Southern California and have been so for over twenty years.  It wasn’t until I had thirteen years on the job that I first came to know the Lord and what a difference it has made in my career and family life.

I didn’t come to know the Lord until seven years ago and before that, I made some poor choices in life as a teenager and as a young adult.  I always felt an emptiness in my heart and was lost for many years not knowing what was needed to fill the gap.  The choices I made while living in the world at times still affect me, however, it’s a whole different ball game knowing that my Abba Father is there to guide me through it all.

My family and I have made Calvary Chapel our home and I am truly blessed to say as a wife and mother that my husband and children know and have accepted the Lord as their savior.  I have experienced and witnessed the Lord perform his work in and through my family.  Not to say that we don’t have our struggles but it is much easier weathering the storm with Him and other believers by our side.

It was twenty years ago that I met my best friend and sister in Christ, Monica.  Our friendship has grown even deeper as we started our spiritual journey together as Christians approximately six years ago.  With similar backgrounds and struggles, we are able to ground each other during tough times.

With so much brokenness in this world, what better place is there to share God’s word than to those who are incarcerated who need to know that there is a God and He forgives them for the sins they have committed, just as He has forgiven me time and time again.  I’m looking forward to this journey in my life and am completely open to God’s plan for me.

Assurance of Forgiveness – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  1 John 1:9

Shawn Hare

I am currently a robbery/Homicide Detective with a small police department in Southern California.  I have been in Law Enforcement for 25 years.

I did not grow up in or around the church, in fact, my parents were divorced when I was 9 years old.

I struggled to find things to fill the hole in my heart that only Jesus can fill, with three failed marriages.  In 2005, I gave my heart to Jesus and became active in my Church, the Rock Church and World outreach center in San Bernardino.  In walking with Jesus and not against him, I re-married my 3rd wife and we adopted two beautiful boys.

In 2008 I was introduced to Ken Tutwiler and the COPS program and I have been involved ever since.  The best part of my job today is not arresting those who commit homicide, but after arresting them, leading them to Christ.  God gets all the glory.

Bill Crutchfield

I grew up in Bakersfield, where my parents were the pastors of a small rural church. I gave my life to Christ at an early age, was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. When I was a teenager, we moved to Orange County where we continued to attend a Pentecostal Church.

However, as an older teen/ early 20’s, I started to try and handle life on my own, pushing God away. I decided to go into Law Enforcement, instead of ministry. I walked away from God.

My life was empty and lacked purpose. I have been married 3 times. No matter what I was able to acquire, motorcycles, boats, river house, trailers, I still had the empty feeling.

Several years ago, I started attending church again, and “re-dedicated” my life to Christ, but that was mostly lip service. A few years ago, I went on a mission trip to Mexico. Then I truly re-dedicated my life to Christ. Sometimes, or usually, we have to be taken out of our comfort zone for God to reach us. I now have a burning need/desire to tell others about Jesus Christ. For no matter what we obtain, do, are given, or accomplish, it is all worthless without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)

Everyone dies and then lives forever. You are either saved and going to spend eternity with Jesus, or you are not and will spend eternity in Hell. I pray I will see you in Heaven!

Bill Crutchfield

Randy Ryder

I am a police detective with a police department in Southern California. I have been a police officer for more than 25 years. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. I graduated high school, went to college for a year and then enlisted in the Marine Corps.

My parents were Christians and I grew up in a Methodist Church. I knew God and I talked to God, but as I entered into my teenage years my thoughts and actions would not have been pleasing to God.

During my years in the Marine Corps and my early years as a police officer, I was dependant on myself and I did not think I needed God.

In 1982 I met my wife and shortly thereafter got married. I had placed my police career at a higher priority than it probably deserved. As a result, I was not walking in a relationship with Christ, my marriage was suffering and other things in my life were not working out either.

By 1984 I found my marriage on the brink of a divorce. With a strong desire to save a failing marriage, I turned to the God my parents had brought me to know. I surrendered my life to Christ and began a process of change by tapping into God’s grace.

Today I worship at a Southern Baptist Church near my home. We have been blessed with two sons, both who have received Christ as their personal Savior. My wife and I lead a small group at church. We have a heart for couples experiencing marriage challenges. We believe a marriage is worth fighting for. I attend a men’s Bible study called Mighty Men of Valor because I believe men need to be in fellowship with one another and hold each other accountable as Christians.

I used to tell people the reason I serve in the COPS ministry is that our God is a God of second chances. But, I believe it is better said that He is a God of new beginnings. We travel all over the country preaching the love of Jesus Christ because I know if he gave me the opportunity to have a new beginning he will do the same for others.

God has opened the doors for us to preach in the prisons in Arkansas. He has also given us a special place in our hearts for the people of Arkansas and we continue to keep you in our prayers. May God continue to bless you richly!

Randy Ryder

Leon Phillips

My spiritual journey began before I was seven years old. My father and mother were married for several years before my sister was born. I came two years after that.

The work of the enemy of our souls became very apparent during those years as he successfully caused our family to deteriorate into a mother with two small children and a missing father figure from the home. Through the years that followed, my sister remained in the church despite our mother’s spiritual wandering. She never fully lost her first true love but did not pursue God’s work in her life as she once had. She eventually came back to a full relationship with the Lord through the church that she had sent my sister and me too. She came with us on Mother’s Day and rededicated her life to Christ as His faithfulness in the preservation of her children became apparent.

I found myself carrying bitterness over the absence of my father and the missing pieces of my manhood training that only a father can fill. As I grew I began to recognize the only person that was being harmed by my bitterness was me. I had no relationship with him so he had no idea what my feelings were. This became a turning point for me in a long and perhaps decades-long restoration and healing that brought me to spiritual manhood. I took steps to overcome my bitterness and to move on without holding my father to task for his failures. I realized that in our sparse contact over the years there were the roots of the bitterness I so desperately wanted to escape.

I started to actively rebel against the notion of becoming the man who my father was. This was not an obsession but was a driving force in my existence until the revelation that I had allowed my life to be defined in terms of who I did not want to be; even to the point of refusing to use his name and reacting with irritation when others joked by calling me that name. I failed to really reach spiritual manhood because my life was like a photographic negative that illustrated the opposite of what should have been my reality.

I was married with children and had to find a way to make a positive change in not only my self-image but in my image to my wife and children. I was broken to realize I was a failure as a man, a husband, and a father. The very things I rebelled against were what I had become. I needed a genuine restoration experience with the Heavenly Father that had always wanted to be there for me but I never looked to for a role model. I had been a Christian but not a reflection of Christ. I started to seek first His kingdom and to pursue a relationship with Christ that would make me become like him. My life would be defined in terms of who I wanted to be instead who I did not want to be. I learned that “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty, finds life, righteousness and honor” was a promise I could live and grow with. My children have a Godly father, my wife has a Godly husband and most of all I have a loving Heavenly Father who is now my mentor and role model. That is the message we bring to the prison ministry; that no matter what path we have taken to reach the place where we recognize we have failed, when we get there, God will be waiting to step in and lift us from the water to walk with him

Marylou Avila

I grew up in a very loving family.  I grew up as a Catholic but only went to church on holidays.  I made my first holy communion but I did not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  We never studied the bible and I never read it.

My parents were awesome and taught us good morals but we did not have a relationship with Jesus and I didn’t know I needed to be born again as Jesus taught in the gospel of John chapter three.

On June 27th, 1981 I was married to my loving husband.  As a young couple, we had our up and downs.  I felt something was missing in my life.  I started seeking the lord.  A neighbor began sharing the word of God with me.  She invited me to her church (Calvary Chapel) and I went.  For the first time in my life, I heard the word of God taught right out of the bible word for word.  My heart was overjoyed and my relationship with him began and for the first time, I started reading his word.  I learned about the power of prayer and saw its power first hand.  Through prayer, my husband went with me to church.  I found out that my husband knew God’s word and he returned to the lord.  Now he teaches God’s word.  Sometimes I go with him to his teachings and pray for him while he teaches God word.

We had two beautiful daughters and they both serve the lord.  Our eldest daughter became a school teacher at a Christian school and our younger daughter is following in her father footsteps and was hired as a police cadet.  Following the Lord is a joy to us and we will continue to serve him all our days.  And I will continue to pray for all those the Lord puts in my heart.

Marylou Avila

Clarence Dodson

For part of my childhood life, I grew up in the City of Compton, California. I am the second to the youngest of eight children. Our house was always busy with all of us kids going from one sporting event to another.

My parents were both strong Christians and very involved in the church. I was blessed to attend Christian Schools throughout my school years. Therefore, I was able to come to know the Lord at an early age.

It was a slow process to mature in my Christian walk. As I grew into a man, I continued to attend church. However, at one point in my early years as an adult, I found myself drifting away from God.   Although I tried running from Him, God never took his hands off of me. It was not until my father went home to be with the Lord, that he loved so dearly that I realized God had a calling on my life. I always knew God wanted something more out of me than I was giving Him. That is when I began to reconnect with God and get back into the church.

Now I’m a little older and a little wiser, however, I do have a lot more to learn. God has been so good to me, better than I will ever be. Through it all, God has kept me safe and has allowed me to provide for my family. He has allowed me to be a police officer for 11 years. I have been blessed with a beautiful wife and two wonderful children. I have a future that I am so excited for.  God truly has something in store for everyone. It is up to each individual to find their way and persevere through the trenches while letting God lead the way. May God shine a guiding light on you and your family.

Clarence Dodson

Ron Batesole

I grew up on the west side of Los Angeles and graduated from Venice High School in 1962. I played football and baseball in high school, making All-League in football.

In 1965, I joined the US Navy Reserve and served aboard the USS Princeton LPH 5, an amphibious assault ship which assisted with landing US Marines, via helicopter, in the jungles of Viet Nam. In 1968, I joined the LAPD and also got married. From 1962 to 1977, I attended several colleges and universities, finally graduating from Cal State Los Angeles with a BS degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice.

In 1974, my life became morally degraded. I cheated on my wife and drank too much alcohol. The peer pressure from fellow police officers formed the basis for my decision-making. About that same time, I met an officer who was also a Christian. He encouraged me to change my thinking and shared Christ with me. However, sin was too much fun and I thought the things of the Lord were foolishness.

In 1978, at my friend’s urging, I prayed a prayer for salvation. However, I was not committed to Jesus and lived as a “double-minded man” for another two years.

Finally, in December of 1980, while I was in the midst of another affair, the Lord got my attention! I heard the Holy Spirit telling me that I was not meant to live the kind of life I was living. I was truly convicted of my sinful ways and repented of them. Jesus moved the 18 inches from my head into my heart and I began a committed relationship with Him. I asked my wife to forgive me and we began attending a local church. We attended counseling and tried to get our lives on a course that brought glory to God. Then, I served as a high school sponsor, making several trips to Mexico and other places, as the driver of the church youth bus.

In 1986, became involved in a ministry bringing God’s Word to prisoners in Parker Center jail, the main jail for the LAPD. At the junction of the Holy Spirit, I responded to the Lord’s calling to bring light into dark prisons. I’ve been involved in prison ministry ever since. I serve in Kairos Prison Ministry at Chino State Prison and at Victorville Federal Prison. I’m also involved in Bill Glass Prison Ministry, riding my motorcycle into prison yards in the San Joaquin Valley and sharing Christ with the inmates. In 2012, I became involved in Cops Out Preaching Salvation (COPS) at Chino State Prison. In addition, I’m the president of Golgotha Riders, a Christian Motorcyclists Association (CMA) chapter in the Northern Los Angeles County, sharing Christ with bikers at rallies and various other activities. At my home church, I’m involved in Celebrate Recovery and participate in a small group fellowship.

My wife and I have been married for 47 years. I have three children, one grandson and one on the way.

Although my marriage is still not what God desires, I am committed to my wife. And as far as it has to do with me, am at peace with her and all others. I am blessed frequently by providential appointments and opportunities to be a witness for Christ.

Ron Batesole

Bill Threlkeld

My name is Bill Threlkeld. I’m retired from the Police Department in Riverside, California.  I’ve recently been blessed to join the “Cops Out Preaching Salvation” Ministry.
Like many Christians, I was raised in a strong Christian home.  My grandparents were “sold-out” born again believers.  They lived their lives in a way that brought glory to God, always putting Christ first in our home.  I gave my life to the Lord and was baptized when I was thirteen years old.  I had a strong walk in the Lord through my high school years.  As I went on to college, and then began my law enforcement career, unfortunately, I became more of a “casual” Christian.  God was important to me when I had time.  I thought I was in control of my life.  Oh, the lies we believe?
During my law enforcement career, I suffered the loss of several great friends and my partner.  I was involved in several critical incidents that really challenged my faith.  At times, I turned to sinful outlets, instead of bringing my burdens to Jesus.  I evidentially found myself in brokenness and despair.  The Devil used my despair against me.  How could God love someone like me?  But the Love of God shone through my brokenness and reminded me of His Son’s sacrifice at Calvary.  How I had been acquitted, with every stain of sin washed clean.  I was sheltered safely in His Hand.  I was so thankful for my Christian foundation, and the prayer warriors that my grandparents were.
After eighteen years, my law enforcement career came to an end.  I was medically retired as the result of a catastrophic knee injury.  It was a challenging time.  My identity as a COP was such a huge part of my life.  But the Lord reminded me that I was a child of God first!  I was reminded that we should never hold on to anything so tightly that we couldn’t stand it when God took it away.  I knew the Lord had a “new mission” for me.  I have found that with “Cops Out Preaching Salvation.”
Over the last fifteen years, I’ve been involved in ministries at Yucaipa Christian Center, leading a small group fellowship.  We lived in Monroe, Louisiana for eight years, where I served as the Administrative Coordinator at First Baptist Church of Sterlington.  For the past year, after moving back to California, we’ve attended the Grace Fellowship in Cherry Valley.  I sing with the praise and worship group and am involved with the Missional Community Fellowship.
I have been so blessed to have had a wonderfully supportive wife for the past 35 years.  She has been a rock in the Lord and was there to pick me up and carry me when I didn’t think I could carry on.  We have two great adult children who both love the Lord.  I am so thankful for them all.  God has been faithful and blessed my family as we’ve honored him.
I’ve always had a burden for those lost in the sin of addiction.  It has been such a blessing to minister and talk with those who are reaching out to the Lord from that place of brokenness.   I know the Lord will honor our effort to serve him in addiction recovery facilities and correctional facilities.  My favorite Bible verse is Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
In Christ,
Bill Threlkeld
Sgt.,  Riverside Police Department (Ret.)
Bill Threlkeld

Skip Showalter

Around Easter of 1980, I gave my life to Jesus Christ but not much changed until two years later. I became a youth pastor intern and thought I was God’s gift to preaching. I found out the hard way that I had a lot of growing to do but He definitely called me to preach.

About six years after high school, I applied to be a police officer and was hired by the LAPD. I never really thought I wanted to be a police officer but God showed me in Romans 13 that a police officer is a minister of God. At that point, I realized I could minister to others in my job. That was back in 1988.

Around 1996, I was invited by my good friend Dwight Pledger to go to the California Youth Authority to be a support to the prison ministry of Ray of Hope. Over time I was asked to give a testimony, then eventually preach the Word. I was hooked from that point on. I realized the power of the scripture on Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you came to visit me…” So many on the inside need to hear a refreshing Word from God. Although I have arrested literally hundreds of people throughout my career, God showed me how I was no better than them and needed the same grace offered in Jesus.

One day I invited my work partner Ken Tutwiler to come and support me. Little did I know that God would use this man one day to start the COPS Ministry. I have truly enjoyed our ministry over the years. We have gone to many prison facilities, churches, and other places as the Lord leads.  I have always felt welcome in places where cops should feel least welcome. Only in Christ could this ever happen. I am truly thankful for the many men I have met and seen ministered to during our time together and look forward to other ministry opportunities.

God bless!

Skip Showalter

Danny Amador

I grew up in Los Angeles CA. My godparents invited me to a small church in Huntington Park and there I gave my life to the Lord on September 1st, 2001 at the age of seventeen. The next day I felt like a new person and my eyes felt like they were washed with fresh cold water.

Months followed and I really did not have a home church to attend. After I graduated from high school I was going to college and had a job. One day I was on my way to play basketball at a nearby park when a friend who I have not seen in years approaches me and invites me to a church in Montebello CA.

I started attending the church in Montebello and served in different ministries. I became a staff member at the church and worked there for over 2 years. Then I felt like the Lord was calling me into law enforcement.

I became a cop in the Los Angeles County area and I have been doing it for the past 10 years.

One day I was praying and felt like I needed to reach people who were in prison or who were at risk, but I did not know where to start. I was invited to a Men’s Conference in Arcadia CA where I was the head of security. There were several vending booths at the conference. I saw a booth with the banner U-turn for Christ. I approached and started looking at their T-shirt’s. The person at the booth asks if I was a cop. I said I was, then he started telling me about a ministry that was made up of cops who come out to U-turn and share the gospel.

I contacted the head of COPS and started to attend the services at U-turn for Christ. At U-turn, I had the opportunity to speak and pray with people who are facing addiction and the family problems that are associated with addiction.

Danny Amador

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COPS Mission Statement

To share God’s love and grace expressed through His wonderful Son Jesus Christ.To reach those who are incarcerated in jails and prisons, giving them hope through Jesus, assuring them that no matter what sins they have committed, if they will confess their sin and believe in their heart, Jesus is faithful and will forgive them.

To encourage and mentor those who are in bondage, teaching them they are made into a new creation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; that by faith through grace we are saved.

To bring glory to Jesus Christ through obedience to our commission and by giving all of the praise and all the glory to God.