Forty-three years ago, seven Los Angeles Police Officers and one California Highway Patrol Officer courageously united to take a stand against evil.
They were no longer going to helplessly watch as their Law Enforcement colleagues divorced, became abusive to their families, and began using alcohol and drugs to suppress their anxiety only to see this culminate in suicides. These eight cops knew the only answer to these issues and the only hope for anyone, especially Law Enforcement, is Jesus. They took this message of truth and salvation to Law Enforcement across the country.
These eight cops became the founding members of the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers. On July 15, 1974, the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers was incorporated as a national 501(c)(3) Christian ministry. The very next month, on August 13, 1974, FCPO Chapter #1 - Los Angeles was officially chartered. We have now chartered 247 FCPO chapters in 46 states.
Countless men and women of Law Enforcement have surrendered their lives to Christ, marriages have been restored, addictions have been healed and hope has been renewed because eight Christian cops were obedient to God’s call. Please join me in thanking God for retired LAPD Officers Karl Traber, Ralph Evans, Roger Sobie, Thomas Holroyd, Terry Speer, Nicholas Barbara, Steve Hartt and CHP Jack Kistler for standing firm for Christ because they loved their cop brothers and sisters more than they loved themselves.
With your gifts and prayers, God will continue to use the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers-USA for another 43 years and beyond!
May God continue to bless each of you.
Paul Lee, Executive Director (Retired Captain, Chattanooga P.D.)
Paul Lee retired from the Chattanooga Police Department with 29 years of service. He has been an FCPO member since 1995, is a former Chapter Chairman and has served in various capacities on the National Board.