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Chaplaincy Corps 
 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office Chaplaincy Program is a corps of volunteer clergy members who desire to serve others in times of distress. Chaplains are responsible for providing on-call spiritual guidance, counseling, consultation, and other forms of crisis intervention counseling.

The program provides countywide coverage.  Chaplains respond to a wide variety of Sheriff’s Office law enforcement calls for service, accompany deputy sheriffs on ride-a-longs, and conduct visitations at agency facilities, homes, and hospitals.

The goal of the Chaplaincy Program is to provide a trusted individual in whom agency members and Polk County citizens may confide, seek assistance, or be comforted.

Marvin Pittman

Senior Chaplain Pittman has been in the ministry since 1981. He is a retired Major from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

Dr. Ben Bates

Bates has been in the ministry since 1949.  He has a Doctor of Divinity from the Linda Vista Baptist Bible College and Seminary.  He has pastored churches in Arkansas, California, and Florida.

 

 

 

     

M. Wayne Blackburn

Blackburn has been in the ministry since 1969.  He is the Senior Pastor of the Victory Assembly of God Church in Lakeland.  He has degree in Bible from Southeastern University.

 

 

 

Dean Emery

Emery has been in the ministry since 1983. He currently is employed by the Polk County School Board. He has a Master of Religious Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

  

 

 

    

Sammy Haag, Jr.

Haag has been in the ministry since 1998.  He is the associated pastor at the Winter Haven Church of God in Winter Haven.  He is also active in Nursing Home, Hospital, and Jail Ministries.

 

      

 

 

Rick Giles

Giles has been in the ministry since 1998.  He is currently employed by the Florida Department of Corrections.  He has a BS Degree from Liberty University, Graduate studies in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

 

      

Dennis Gipson

Gipson has been in the ministry since 1993.  He is the Senior Pastor of the New Hope Church in Winter Haven.  He has a BA Degree in Practical Theology from Southeastern University.

 

       

 

David Durham, Sr.

Durham has been in the ministry since 1994.  He is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Waverly.  He is a graduate of the Biblical Studies from the Institute of Biblical Studies.

 

    

   

Dr. Nathaniel Hill

Hill has been in the ministry since 1984.  He is the Senior Pastor of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.  He has a Doctor of Theology in St. Thomas Christian College. 

 

         

 

Darrol Hood

Hood has been in the ministry since1983.   He is the Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Frostproof.  He has a BS Degree and a MA Degree in Counseling from Liberty University.

 

 

Dr. Jeff Davis

Davis has been in the ministry since 1978. He is the Senior Pastor of the New Life Assembly of God Church in Lakeland. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Regent University.

 

 

 

Dr. James Moyer

Moyer has been in pastoral ministry since 1995. He serves as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Warner University in Lake Wales. He holds a doctor of education degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

Glenn Giles

Giles has been in the ministry since 1990.  He is the Pastor of the Shamrock First Baptist Church in Haines City.  He has an AA Degree in Pre-Liberal Arts from Hillsborough County College.

 

 

 

 

Eric Holm

Holm has been in ministry since 1998.  He is the Student Pastor at the Heartland Community Church.  He has worked with teenagers in many settings including the church, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Boot Camp and at-risk neighborhoods. 

 

 

 

Emmitt “Bill” Sullivan

Sullivan has been in the ministry since 1976.  He is the Senior Pastor of the Faith Temple Assembly of God Church in Plant City.  He has a BS Degree in Theology and Education from Northwest College with final credits from Lee College.  

 

 

 

 

 John G. Hooks

Hooks has been in the ministry since 1999.  He is the Pastor of the Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeland.  He has a BA Degree in Specializing in Management Information Systems. 

 

 

 

 

 Terrill Gilley

Gilley has been in the ministry since 2002.  He is a pastor at NorthRidge Church in Haines City.  He has a BA in Biblical Studies from Piedmont International University and his Master of Arts in Worship Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

 

 

 

 

Mike Mallatt

Mallatt is the Pastor of the Faith Baptist Church near Polk City. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Steiner

Steiner has been in full-time ministry since 1992.  He is a Multi-engine, Instrument rated, Commercial pilot.  He has an AA degree in Aviation Technology from Aviation Career Academy. He is a graduate of Victory Bible Institute and Berean Bible College. He was ordained by the Assembly of God.   He founded Wings of Eagles International in 1994 and Second Chance Training Center in 2001. 

 

 

Stephen Bolden

Bolden has been in the ministry since 2008.  He is the pastor of the Westside Baptist Church in Lake Wales.  He has his MBA from Warner University.

             

 

 

Wayne Tanner

Tanner has been in teh ministry since 1986.  He is currently the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Mulberry.