Chaplaincy Program

Chaplain Services

The Franklin County Public Safety Chaplaincy Program offers encouragement and support to those who are facing a loss subsequent to a fire, accident or health incident. The Chaplains assist visitors and citizens of Franklin County in addition to the men and women who put their lives on the line to serve and protect our community. The Chaplains are committed to teaching incoming first responders stress management, self-care, and to end the stigma that reaching out is a weakness.

Further, the Chaplaincy Program serves the community by meeting spiritual and emotional needs in times of crisis. The Franklin County Public Safety Chaplaincy Program provides comfort and counsel as well as referrals to appropriate community agencies within Franklin County. The Chaplains provide assistance in contacting family members and/or church pastors as needed. The Chaplains do not replace the home church pastor.

Communications between one and the Chaplain are considered confidential. Any volunteer or Career Personnel may choose to utilize the services of a Chaplain at any time.


Our Franklin County Chaplains are:

  • Skilled in Pastoral Care
  • Prepared to serve in a Crisis Zone
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the Fire Service
  • Committed to learning the skills necessary to effectively relate to and minister to Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services personnel

Franklin County Public Safety Chaplains

  • J.T. Clark
  • Terry Lee Clark
  • Reverend Michael Gallimore
  • Ron Gearheart
  • Joe Overfelt Jr
  • Pam Hodges
  • Ron Coleman
  • Crystal Turner
  • Darrell Wimmer

Join Our Team

If you’re interested in joining the Franklin County Chaplain’s Program, please complete the application below and submit online. Someone will be in contact with you. Any questions, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 540-483-3091. Click to download a Chaplaincy Program Application (PDF).