Ken Tutwiler, President
My name is Ken Tutwiler President and Founder of Cops Out Preaching Salvation, (COPS ministry).
I have been very blessed because I was raised by Christian parents in a Southern Baptist Church…
Growing up I was always interested in a career in law enforcement. Back in the 80’s law enforcement agencies liked to hire prior military persons so in 1982 I joined the United States Marine Corps.
As I grew older, I began to backslide. In 1986, I started my career in law enforcement working as a California Correctional Officer at the California Institution for Men (Chino Prison) 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 rededicated my life again to Jesus Christ. I am thankful that Jesus is willing to forgive us for our sins and that His grace and mercy, is sufficient! We are saved by grace through faith.
I worked as a Correctional Officer for two years and then in 1988, I lateraled over to the California State Police Department where I served the public for three years in San Diego’s field office.
In 1991, I lateraled to the Riverside Police Department and I spent the next 25 years of my life serving the community there. God blessed me with a wonderful career in law enforcement and in July 2016 I retired a Police Detective.
I am married to a wonderful Christian lady. We have been married for over 29 years and we have been blessed with three wonderful children, a son in law, a granddaughter and two grandsons. We attend a wonderful church that is part of the Calvary Churches in Southern California.
In 1993, my former partner Skip Showalter, asked me if I would go with him to the California Youth Authority, (Heman G. Stark Correctional Facility) to support him as he preached to the young men incarcerated there. I went with him and I fell in love with the ministry. I continued going with Skip and I gradually got involved in “Cell Ministries” and eventually I began preaching from the pulpit in the chapel. 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 who serve on the Board of Directors for COPS Ministry and wonderful Christian men who serve on the Executive Leadership Board for COPS ministry.
Over the years God has added several committed men and women that are officers from different police agencies in Southern California who have the 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, Massachusetts, and Utah. I am excited to see where God will continue to lead us.
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!
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
Joe Avila, Secretary
I grew up in a Christian home and went to the church following some Jewish customs. My mother was the strong believer at the time. My father was a very good man, but during my childhood did have a relationship with the lord.
I began my career in law enforcement thirty-three years ago and will be retiring December 29th, 2011. During my third year in law enforcement, I married my beautiful and awesome wife. We had two beautiful daughters. During our early years of marriage, I was not walking with the lord and neither was my wife. She grew up in a Catholic home but the only time she went to church with her family was during the holidays. The study of God’s word was not in her home. She did have awesome parents who I loved very much. As time went on my wife started seeking the lord. We had a good life with its up and downs but something was missing. Well those who seek the Lord will find him and she did. Twenty years ago she found him and turned into a ball of fire for the lord. She is a prayer warrior and study’s God’s word. One day she asked me to go to church with her and I did many years ago. The fire was re-ignited in me when I heard God’s word taught. And now all my family serves the lord.
We lost our parents at very young ages. But with the power of prayer, my father and my wife’s parents came to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. So we know one day we will see them again. Teaching God’s word in my life and I will serve him all my days.
Joshua Sturdavant – Comptroller
Brian Dodson, Officer
I grew up part of my childhood living in the City of Compton, California. I am the youngest of eight and needless to say, there was always something going on in my household.
I continued to mature in my Christian walk; it was a slow process. I became a man, still attending church, or should I say, “playing church.” It was not until my father went home to be with the Lord, that he loved so dearly, when I realized God had a calling on my life. I always knew God wanted something more out of me than I was giving Him. It’s funny how life’s trials and tribulations can caus you to see what God wants to be.
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, allowed me to be a police officer for 15 years, gave me an awesome family, and a future that I am so excited to enter. Just remember, God has something in store for you and your family and all you have to do is let go and let God. May God build a fence of protection around you.