National Law Enforcement Retreat

“Knowing the God who Protects and Serves”


The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) is pleased to support the Law Enforcement community by announcing the second annual National Law Enforcement Retreat, November 4-6, 2015; a three day event in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.

In appreciation of Law Enforcement and your devotion to protect and serve others, the RRT would like to support you with this retreat focused on addressing the unique emotional and spiritual needs law enforcement officers and their families face. The mountain setting of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove is just the right environment to step away from the pressing demands of life and career to focus on the truths found in God's Word.

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(See Links below to hear the speakers from the 2014 National Law Enforcement Retreat)




2015 Registration

Registration begins February 2, 2015. To register, please call The Cove at 1-800-950-2092. The registration fee for the event is $225 per individual (double occupancy) and $395 per married couple. This includes all sessions, materials, food, and lodging.




2015 Tentative Schedule

Wednesday—November 4
  • 3:00 p.m.—Check-in
  • 5:30 p.m.—Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m.—Evening Session
Thursday—November 5
  • 7:30 a.m.—Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.—Morning Session
  • 10:45 a.m.—Workshop Sessions
  • 12:15 p.m.—Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.—Personal Time
  • 5:30 p.m.—Dinner
  • 7:00 p.m.—Evening Session
Friday—November 6
  • 7:30 a.m.—Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.—Workshop Sessions
  • 10:45 a.m.—Morning Session
  • 12:00 p.m.—Lunch & Dismissal


2015 speakers and workshop presenters to be announced.




2014 Speakers

(Audio messages below)


Dr. Richard Blackaby

Serving as President of Blackaby Ministries International since July 2006, Richard is the oldest child of Henry and Marilynn Blackaby. He earned his Bachelors degree in history from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Church History from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Richard has co-authored several books with his father Henry including: Experiencing God: Revised Edition, Fresh Encounter: Revised Edition, When God Speaks, Experiencing God Day by Day, The Experience, Spiritual Leadership, Experiencing God: Collegiate Edition, and Hearing God's Voice.

Dr. Richard Blackaby - Session 3, NLER 2014

Kelly Burke

Kelly served 25 years with the Tallahassee Police Department where he retired as a Captain in 2007. During his career, he worked in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, vice and narcotics, public information and SWAT. His service included time as an operator and as a Commander in the various divisions as well.

In 2009, Kelly became a chaplain for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. He was selected as a Chaplain Coordinator and has served on numerous deployments both domestically and internationally. In 2014 he accepted a full-time position with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team as the Emergency Response and Logistics Manager.

Kelly Burke - Session 2, NLER 2014

Gino Geraci

Gino is founding Pastor of Calvary South Denver and has served as a police chaplain for Chino Police Department, Denver Police Department and currently serves as a police chaplain for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department and the FBI.

He has conducted leadership conferences, Bible conferences, and emergency service support conferences with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritans' Purse.

Gino Geraci - Session 1, NLER 2014
Gino Geraci - Session 4, NLER 2014

Kirk Hensley

Kirk Hensley joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1994 (20 years) and is currently assigned to McDowell County as a Master Trooper. Trooper Hensley is the primary instructor with the N.C. State Highway Patrol Training Academy specializing in Defensive Tactics, Officer Survival, and Electronic Control Device (Taser). Trooper Hensley conducted extensive research on situational awareness and officer assaults before developing the Surviving the First Three Seconds officer survival course which he teaches throughout the United States. Trooper Hensley was chosen as the Troop G Trooper of the Year for 2007 and 2011.

Kirk Hensley - Spiritual Survival Tactics, NLER 2014

Denise Molatch

Denise Molatch is director of The Life Support Center, a counseling and discipleship ministry of First Baptist Church in Indian Trail, N.C., where she has also served as a counselor for 16 years. Denise is a former police officer and was married to Andy Molatch, a 30-year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department who passed away in July of this year. Andy was also a police chaplain and founded Wilderness Scout Ministries, which focuses on strengthening Christian men and their families. Together, Denise and Andy counseled numerous police couples and individuals who have experienced the unique challenges of a law enforcement career.

Denise has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a doctorate in Biblical Counseling. She continues to work with Wilderness Scout Ministries and shares Andy's passion for challenging men to be bold, godly leaders. Denise has served in the crisis pregnancy ministry and also worked with emotionally disturbed children. She lives in Stanfield, N.C. and teaches a Bible study at her church. Denise has two sons who have served our country as U.S. Navy Seals.

Denise Molatch - Protecting and Serving Your Family, NLER 2014

Jeff & Terri Naber

Jeff and Terri have been married for 33 years and raised their three children in Hendersonville, NC. Jeff served in the U.S. Air Force as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement before retiring as a United States Probation Officer in 2012. He is a graduate of Western Carolina University. Jeff was a federal court trainer for most of his career with training assignments in Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation. He is also Manager of Chaplain Development and Ministry Relations for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

Terri has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is a retired 4th grade teacher.

Jeff & Terri Naber - Post-Traumatic Growth With God, NLER 2014

Don & Phyllis Rabon

Don is a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of East Tennessee State University, and served as a Guilford County, NC sheriff's deputy. He recently retired as a Deputy Director of the North Carolina Justice Academy. He is a content expert and instructor in the areas of Interviewing, Detecting Deception, Rapport Building, Persuasion, Audit Related Interviewing, and Fraud Examination. He has provided training to law enforcement agencies in 47 states and 12 countries. Participants have included: the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Army C.I.D., NATO counterintelligence personnel, the California Highway Patrol, the Illinois State Police, and numerous corporations and banking institutions.

Phyllis is a graduate of Western Carolina University and has taught Bible studies for over thirty years. She is the Vice President of a training and rental properties corporation and has authored the following books: Wisdom Built Her House, Hurtin': Finding the Harbor of Hope Amid Your Sea of Suffering and co-author of Water From the Rock: Finding God's Comfort in the Midst of Infertility. She has served as a board member for a women's crisis shelter and currently serves on the board of directors for a Christian counseling center.

Don & Phyllis Rabon - Career Development Without Compromise, NLER 2014




2014 Photos





"In forty-three years in law enforcement this is the best event I've ever attended."

—Bruce B., Sherriff


"Our family was blessed beyond measure. Since our return, I have spoken in length with the President of our FOP lodge about sending multiple couples next year. Our lodge will be examining the proposal at the end of the year and create a budget item for next year. Please extend to your TEAM how the NLER blessed my wife and I. We are excited to see officers and their wives attend next year. May Jesus continue to bless the Rapid Response Team and BGEA!"

—Joe F., Police Lieutenant


"Just wanted to say thank you again for the wonderful retreat. You all made us feel special. I really needed the retreat. The timing was perfect."

—Dave V., Police Officer


"Only criticism is that it was too short. One of the most incredible LE classes I have ever attended. I had a thought that it could be taken on the road all over the country. Speakers coming to talk to groups of cops. On the other hand, part of the whole experience was just being at the Cove. What an incredibly spiritual place. Thanks to you and all of the organizers. I am already planning a return next year. I will bring more with me next time."

—Bill B., Police Captain


"Since the retreat my wife and have been transformed, it seems. We were both renewed in our faith, feel energized for God and have just been overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit. Your prayers were and are a blessing to us. Our will is what God wants, not what we think it should be. We needed to be straightened out a little on that, so, we thank you for that. "

—Chris, Police Lieutenant


"I truly want to thank you and everyone else involved in providing my wife and I the opportunity to attend this past week. Words cannot express how grateful we are. If at all possible could you also extend a thank you to the donor who made this possible?" Once again thank you."

—Josh L., Police Officer


"We face unimaginable circumstances from day to day that the average person can't imagine. Knowing there are people of like faith and wanting to help us and our families is a great feeling. May God bless each and every one of us and keep us safe."

—Dana L., County Sheriffs Office

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