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 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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.