I.F.O.C. Chaplain Highlight
Chaplain Vince A. on being a first responder & FBI Chaplain
My story as a Chaplain was born out of a response to 9-11. I had served for 10 years as a United States Air Force Security Policeman and wanted to find a way to help further. Later, I was invited to join another Chaplain serving first responders in my local city. I found working with the fire and police officers both rewarding and fulfilling. I have now been my local city’s firre and police Chaplain for over 20 years. For the last 8 years, I have also been serving my regional FBI’s office as a Chaplain. I serve the FBI as a member of their Employee Assistance Program, where I provide Chaplain support for our local FBI agents and analysts.
I also perform two-week rotations serving as the Chaplain In-Residence at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. This picture is me offering an invocation during graduation exercises for the FBI Academy Class of 2022-05. As the Chaplain In-Residence, I support and encourage students and instructors as needed in spiritual matters, as well as conduct a weekly Sunday service and midweek bible study.
The training I received at the I.F.O.C. has been a benefit to me in my role as a local fire & police Chaplain and FBI Chaplain. The counsel of the I.F.O.C. instructors to follow Jesus’s lead by meeting people where they are, addressing their immediate needs, and then their spiritual condition has been incredibly important.