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Police Chaplain

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Rev. John Woodrow

The Chaplain of a police department provides spiritual support to all officers and their families regardless of faith or denomination. The Chaplain is an ordained minister in his or her denomination and is trained in crisis management. The Police Chaplain also responds to calls when the on-scene officer feels the counseling skills would be helpful in an operational situation.

Chaplain John Woodrow is an immigrant from Nova Scotia, Canada who joined the Panama City Beach Police Department in the summer of 2012. After retiring from a twenty year career in the Canadian Army, he attended St. Francis Xavier achieving degrees in psychology and religious studies. For post graduate training, Chaplain Woodrow attended Harvard Divinity School earning an MDIV with concentration in Pastoral Counseling.  Chaplain Woodrow served as Police Chaplain in Geneva, Alabama and Clayton, Alabama and moved to the Panama City Beach area in 2012. Chaplain Woodrow is also qualified as a Radiation Safety Specialist and a  Medical Radiographer.





         Chaplain Bruce Kress

Chaplain Bruce Kress, originally from Pittsburgh, PA., joined the Department in the summer of 2014. He is a graduate of Assembly of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Mo. Chaplain Kress achievied a degree Pastoral Care, Family Ministries in Emergency Services and Religious Studies. Chaplain Kress also attended Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia achieving a degree  in  Business Administration with a major in Religion and Christian Counseling. Chaplain Kress received his Honorary Doctorate from Assembly of God Theological Seminary. After retiring from a career with the Department of Defense, Chaplain Kress made his home in Panama City, FL where he also serves as  Chaplain with the Bay County Sheriff's Office and Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Hospital.