Meet the Chaplains

paft-a[1].jpgChaplain A. Paff 


Anthony David Portero Paff began serving as a Chaplain for the Council Bluffs Police Department in the early 1990s. He came to serve St. John's United Church of Christ in Council Bluffs in 1989. Ordained in 1983, he served churches in western North Dakota. A Master of Divinity graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley California, Tony received a Master's Degree in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University and a Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary. 

Married to Maria Aurora, Tony and his wife have two children. Tony is also fluent in Spanish. Tony has also served in the community as a hospital chaplain and president of the Council Bluffs Ministerial Association.

sewing-k[1].jpgChaplain K. Sewing


Rev. Ken Sewing joined the Council Bluffs Police Chaplain Corp in July 2009. He was first called to the ministry and ordained in 1979 and is an Evangelist in the Community of Christ Church. His home congregation is CoC Central Congregation in Council Bluffs. His responsibilities as an Evangelist have included assisting in bringing Evangelist ministry to 26 Community of Christ congregations in Western Iowa, Eastern Nebraska, Southeastern South Dakota, and other locales as requested. 


In the past 37 years, Rev. Sewing's assignments have included, youth ministry, home ministry, hospital visitation ministry, congregation pastor, administration, and adult education in addition to an emphasis on family ministry and missionary outreach. His current ministry, in addition to serving as a volunteer Police Chaplain, is focused on individual and family spiritual enrichment and growth. Rev. Sewing's father was a Council Bluffs police officer in the late 1930s and early 1940s. His son is a veteran police officer in Iowa. 

Saathoff, Lynn

Chaplain J. Saathoff


Jeffrey “Lynn” Saathoff has been a great addition to our Chaplain Corps when he started volunteering in 2018. He grew up in Carter Lake, Iowa, and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He worked for Omaha Ambulance Service for 38 years and also worked in our Police Records office. He attends First Christian Church and knows many of the officers very well. He and his wife volunteer regularly for the community and he enjoys serving our community.

Doering, Ward

Chaplain J. Doering


“Ward” Doering came to our department in 2019 as a transfer from the Omaha Police Department Chaplain Unit. He was a Chaplain with OPD for nine years, but lives in Iowa with his wife and wanted to do something closer to home. When he was sworn in, Chaplain Doering told us “As a minister, I’ve always been involved in non-traditional ministry. I was president of the Omaha chapter of the Christian Motorcycles Association and after six-and-a-half years as a military policeman, [becoming] a police chaplain just seemed like a perfect fit that combined my love for God and my respect for law enforcement.”