Police Chaplain Corps
Duties & Responsibilities
Captain Greg Schultz is in charge of the Police Chaplain Program for the Council Bluffs Police Department. The purpose of the Council Bluffs Police Department's Volunteer Chaplain Corps is to provide a ministry presence to law enforcement personnel, firefighting personnel, and members of their families in such areas of spiritual care and religious support.
Former Police Chief Mark Moline first implemented the Chaplain Program in 1986. The first volunteer chaplain, an ordained minister, began working with the department the following year. By 1992, the department had five chaplains rotating on-call every six days. This core group of chaplains stayed active until 2003.
In May of 2009, under the direction of Police Chief Ralph O'Donnell and Captain Terry LeMaster, the Chaplain Program was given high priority to be re-instituted and the active recruitment of prospective chaplains began. This process resulted in the recruitment of seven ordained ministers who make up the volunteer Chaplain Corps. Each of the chaplains have received training on basic police procedures and also participate in regular ride-alongs with officers to better acquaint themselves with their police duties. Some of the chaplains have also attended critical incident stress management training and other ongoing chaplain training involving other metro area and regional chaplain organizations.
The department provides each chaplain with a badge and wallet as well as a nylon windbreaker jacket that identifies them as a police chaplain. Our police union has also provided blue polo shirts and baseball hats identifying them as police chaplains. The department believes this attire brings uniformity and professionalism to the Chaplain Corps. The Chaplain Corps rotates every seven days and are available for emergency incidents.
For More Information
If you would like to know more about the Council Bluffs Police Department Chaplain Corps, you may contact the chaplain liaison, at (712) 890-5219.
Meet the Chaplains
Chaplain W. Doering
Chaplain John Fernandes
John E. Fernandes began serving as a Chaplain for the Council Bluffs Police Department in 2021. He was ordained in 1977 at the Gering School of the Bible. John served at the Graham Church of Christ and the Spanway Christian Church in Washington State. In 2006, he returned to Council Bluffs, serving at the McPherson Church of Christ for 3 years and the First Christian Church for 10 years. He is currently an elder at the Wildwood Christian Church in Papillion.
John is married to his wife Doris and has two children and four grandchildren.