Pastor Dan White of the Grace Brethren Church in York, Pennsylvania, is getting a new co-captain in his additional work as a police chaplain. Here is a short excerpt–to read the entire article click here.
Oldfield now passes the baton to the Rev. Darnell Bowman, pastor of Unity Church of God in Christ in York. Bowman will guide the 11-chaplain corps with co-captain Pastor Dan White, who replaced Scott.
White said Oldfield recruited him to the chaplaincy in 1992 and has since changed the way White views ministry outside his congregation, Grace Brethren Church in York.
“I began to see other believers as teammates that I hadn’t seen before, and that there’s a lot we can do together,” White said.
It can take time to become accustomed to chaplaincy duties, which involves two to five days of 24-hour duty a month. The most common call from police is for a chaplain’s presence when families receive notice of a death. Other calls involve counseling for victims, families in crisis or for officers and their families upon request.
York chaplains have been called to the scenes of standoffs, suicides and domestic disputes and witnessed much history-in-the-making. They went to New York City after 9/11 and down South after Hurricane Katrina.