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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.





      John Bacon

Chaplain John Bacon

Chaplain John Bacon, originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, joined the Panama City Beach Police Department in the summer of 2017. John earned his B.A. in Christian Studies from Ouachita Baptist University in Southern Arkansas, where he specialized in biblical studies, theology, and missiology. He received his Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, John is preparing to plant an Anglican Church in Panama City Beach. He is the wife of a wonderful woman and the happy father of three boys.