The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team (RRT) announces the first annual National Law Enforcement Retreat; a three day event in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, North Carolina.
Recognizing how you have devoted your life to protect and serve others, the RRT would like to serve you by presenting this retreat focused on addressing the unique emotional and spiritual needs law enforcement officers face in the line of duty. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To register, please call The Cove at 1-800-950-2092. The registration fee for the event is $225 per individual and $395 per married couple. This includes all sessions, materials, food, and lodging (double occupancy).
1. Serving and Protecting Your Family: This workshop will explore peer pressure within the police culture, define Biblical roles of a husband and wife, identify the need for spiritual growth and fellowship, and demonstrate how to separate family from work.
2. Spiritual Survival Tactics: We will cover an understanding of Biblical applications surrounding the elements of street survival and how officers and families can benefit from a deeper understanding of these truths. Participants will define the "camouflage of evil" in a changing world, describe appropriate responses when a spiritual assault is imminent, and discuss steps to take when a fellow officer comes under attack.
3. Career Development Without Compromise: Few professions come with as many inherent challenges—social, emotional and physical—as law enforcement. Within the law enforcement community, those challenges adversely manifest themselves in divorce, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorders and suicide. But, God, who has declared, "Blessed are the peacemakers ..." has made a way. That way, is demonstrated most tellingly, in His plan to protect Noah and his family from the ravages of the flood. That same wisdom, applied to law enforcement officers and their families can provide a plan for vocational survival from the ravages of the vocation. Participants will identify the four verbs necessary for developing a vocational survival plan, establish the three requisite dimensions of a vocational survival plan, and develop a personal vocational survival plan framework.
4. Surviving the Attack, Post Traumatic Growth with God: Law Enforcement officers are indoctrinated into the false belief that they are invincible. This fallacy begins the first day of basic training and is fostered throughout their career. This workshop will focus on the unspoken vulnerabilities and the emotional and spiritual challenges that are unique to a law enforcement profession. Participants will discuss how to help each other when they need help (peer support). They will also examine the impact of officer stress as it relates to an officer's spouse and family.
"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."
—Sgt. Dana Elliott Lee, County Sheriffs Office
"Law enforcement officers have their own culture, their own language, they eat at strange times, sleep at strange times, as well as socialize "different" then most people. They see things and have to do things the rest of the population never has to. It's a mission field that most of us never even think about. Surely they need a missionary."
—Kenny Vaughn, Chaplain, Colorado State Patrol
"How wonderful to have such a credible and caring organization bring to the law enforcement community this inaugural event. Those serving in law enforcement know only too well the reality and challenges of what it means to serve and protect. Although we serve under the authority of governments, we know our real authority and protection comes from above. I believe this retreat will enhance and change the lives of all who attend. A great organization, dynamic and knowledgeable presenters, relevant and practical teachings; all in a beautiful country setting—it's a must attend!"
—Chief Superintendent Ronald Mostrey (Retired)
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers Canada