Introducing Lisa Lynn

We at the National Office are excited to introduce you to Lisa Lynn, our new FCPO-USA Women's Ministry Director. 

Lisa is married to Jeremy, a police officer of 15 years currently serving as corporal detective for his police department in the St. Louis area. Having a Master’s Degree in Education, Lisa taught for 12 years before staying home with their two children, whom she now homeschools. She also has a part-time bookkeeping job.

For several years, Lisa has felt the Lord calling her into women’s ministry. She has served in various capacities at her church, where she and Kristi Neace, our former Women's Ministry Director, became friends. When Kristi stepped down, due to other commitments, she recommended Lisa to the National Office.

"Becoming the women’s ministry director for the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers- USA is an answer to prayer" said Lisa. "I am committed to coming alongside peace officer wives to strengthen their relationship with the Lord and their spouses and to equip them to reach others for Him."

Welcome, Lisa! We are thrilled to have you as part of the ministry of FCPO and look forward to seeing all the ways God is going to use you for His glory! Lisa can be contacted at [email protected]

Posted by Steve Rogers | Topic: National Office News

Recently, I was reading the book of Jeremiah.

It was a time when Judah was being invaded by Babylon and was about to take the city of Jerusalem. The army was at their doorsteps and Jeremiah came to give the king a message from God. , 

“Then the officials said to the king, “This man should be put to death. He is discouraging the soldiers who are left in this city, as well as all the people, by the things he is saying to them. This man is not seeking the good of these people but their ruin.” - Jeremiah 38:4 (NIV). No one wanted to hear the truth of God; it was easier to put their heads in the sand and pretend that everything was okay. Jeremiah’s message was politically incorrect. 

The definition of Political Correctness (PC) from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: "conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated".  Jeremiah’s prophecy, which was from God, was considered politically offensive. No one wanted to hear that God was upset with them and was going to punish them if they did not change their evil ways. They wanted to hear that everything was going to be okay. 

We see a lot of this in modern day society. We live in a time and age when comfort is not just the normal but is expected. We live in a culture that does not want to hear the truth that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ. People today do not want to be burdened with rules and expectations that cramp their lifestyle. If you say something that does not suit me and my political view, then that is not politically correct and is offensive. 

Paul wrote about this political correctness in 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV) when he said, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

While researching the origins of the term “political correctness” I found that it has been around since 1917. The term originated in Russia during the Russian Revolution. It was used to describe adherence to the policies and principles of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. 

We must avoid the world’s theology of political correctness and stand up for the truth of God. This does not just apply to our speech while at church but at home, with our friends and neighbors, with our co-workers, and while on the job. Speak the truth of God and be bold like Jeremiah. Some people will not like it but we are not man pleasers, we are God pleasers.

  1. Merriam-Webster online dictionary, accessed 7-30-2021.
  2. Roper, Cynthia. “Political correctness”. Accessed 8-10-2021.

Charles (Chuck) Gilliland, Chaplain to the National Board
and Executive Director

In addition to being a veteran police officer himself, Chuck is also a past president of FCPO-USA and the author of the Through the Eyes of a Cop daily devotional book series. Chuck can be contacted at [email protected]

Posted by Steve Rogers | Topic: Chaplains Corner

Presented with Rotary Club Service Above Self Award

On April 20, the Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club presented Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Chaplain Jonathan Parker (fourth from left) their prestigious Service Above Self in Law Enforcement Award at their monthly luncheon held at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Church. 

Each year, the Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club takes the opportunity to recognize members of their local law enforcement community who have gone above and beyond to serve the needs of their respective communities and embody their organization’s motto of “Service Above Self." 

Jonathan is the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office’s Senior Law Enforcement Services Chaplain and oversees both the Law Enforcement Chaplains Program and the Employee Health and Wellness Program. He began his career with the HCSO as a School Resource Deputy (SRD) in 2017.  Prior to his employment with the HCSO, he served as a School Resource Officer (SRO) for the City of Chattanooga. In 2019, he was selected to serve as the HCSO’s Senior Law Enforcement Chaplain and given operational oversight of the HCSO Law Enforcement Chaplains Program. HCSO Law Enforcement Chaplains serve not only the spiritual and emotional needs of HCSO personnel, but the citizens to which they serve. HCSO Chaplains assist victims and family members with death notifications, immediate spiritual needs at critical incidents, and help comfort those who are hurting and in need of assistance.

In 2021, Chief Deputy Austin Garrett cast the vision for the HCSO to adopt an Employee Health and Wellness initiative in order to focus on supporting their personnel holistically. Due to his personal ministry and training, Jonathan was designated to lead the development and implementation of the HCSO Employee Health and Wellness Program. The program focuses on the physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing of HCSO personnel and offers education, counseling, and peer-support based services to employees in need.  

“Chaplain Parker’s values and selflessness embodies the true definition of a servant leader. His dedication, service and commitment to his family, the HCSO, and the citizens to which he serves exemplifies the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self,” stated Chief Deputy Austin Garrett.

Under Chaplain Parker, both the Law Enforcement Chaplains Program and the Employee Health and Wellness Program have become extremely successful and support the needs of not only HCSO employees, but the spiritual and emotional needs of the local community. In his private life, Jonathan serves as the Senior Pastor of Cop Church Chattanooga, where he ministers to the public. His diverse congregation at Cop Church includes a large number of our community’s law enforcement personnel and their families.

“On behalf of the Hamilton Place Rotary Club, we are pleased to be able to honor Chaplain Parker with this award.  Law Enforcement Officers do so much to help others in our community and do not receive the recognition they deserve for their service,” stated Jim Glass, President of the Hamilton Place Rotary. “We created this award as a way to say thank you to the Law Enforcement Community and we hope that this will be a small step in the right direction to recognize the service they provide every day,” he further noted.

Congratulations, Jonathan, on this well-deserved award in recognition of your God-honoring service to the citizens of Hamilton County, Tennessee. 

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