Chaplain Crowley Has Retired!
Chaplain Jim Crowley retired May 1, 2019 after serving as the Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy (COPC) Executive Chaplain full-time for the past 16 years and over 30 years in ministry. Chaplain Crowley has joined his wife Brenda in retirement. The Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy Board of Directors is excited for Chaplain Crowley. Thanks to Chaplain Crowley’s leadership COPC is well positioned for the transition and set up to continue serving the first responders throughout Central Oregon. The COPC Board of Directors has appointed Chaplain Mike Dismore to the COPC Executive Chaplain position and Joel Stutzman will continue his role as COPC Associate Chaplain. Chaplain Dismore and Stutzman are supported by 17 dedicated and exceptional volunteer chaplains.

May 5th, 2019 was the retirement celebration for Chaplain Jim Crowley at the Christian Life Center, 21720 E. Highway 20 Bend, OR. Thank you to the Christian Life Center!

The Mexican Fiesta Dinner was catered by Cody's Catering, 900 SE Wilson Avenue, Unit B, Bend, Oregon; Phone: 541-383-5014; Email: The meal and the arrangements were excellent! Thank you Cody and staff!

The Emcee for the evening was COPC Board Chairman Dave Pickhardt.

Board Member Pastor Terry Webb opened the evening in prayer

Presentations were made to Jim Crowley from the following:
International Conference of Police Chaplains – Past President Cindy Thomas
Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office – Supervising Deputy Greg Davis & Field Deputy State Fire Marshal Dave Fields
Deschutes Cpunty Sheriff's Office – Captain Deron McMaster & Sheriff Shane Nelson
Bend Police Department – Deputy Chief Paul Kansky & Police Chief Jim Porter
Oregon State Police – Major Joel Lujan
COPC Board – Jim Adkins, Kevin Dieker, Hadley Hawkins, Brent Landels, Deron McMaster, Dave Pickhardt, Terry Webb

Chaplain Jim Crowley then addressed the people there to honor him.

Chaplain Mike Dismore shared a few more remarks about Chaplain Jim Crowley.

Retired Chief Jim Soules gave the keynote and closing speech.

Chaplain Joel Stutzman closed the evening with prayer.


2019 COPC Golf Tournament

Aug 9, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Oregon Chaplains Academy

Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation

The Officer Down Memorial Page

Link To Our National Anthem

COPC is a not for profit ministry that exists for the soul purpose of serving and supporting our First Responders, Law Enforcement, Fire, Medics, Dispatch - any calling that runs into what everyone else runs from! We serve our men and women with the focus to assist them and while we are doing that our chaplains serve and support the communities of Central Oregon gladly. We walk in the trench with our First Responders.

I am a Veteran and have served my country in a war that some reduced to a conflict.

It seems to me that it becomes real easy for folks to forget the price that is paid when our First Responders and Veterans try and do the right thing and stand in the gap for a member of the community who they don't even know.

I was sent a link to the background info for our National Anthem. I invite you to listen to the story and you won't ever listen to our National Anthem the same again. Pray for our First Responders and our Vets as they deserve this moment of prayer. It's the least we can do today!

Thank You for your Service and Support. First Responders we love you.

Thank You Vets and First Responders for your willingness to make things right and stand in the gap for the community.

Just A Chaplain

Link to our National Anthem:

Notes from the COPC

From COPC Board Chairman Dave Pickhardt

Last month we had the opportunity to say thank you to Central Oregon Public Safety Executive Chaplain Jim Crowley for his many years of service to first responders and our communities. Chaplain Crowley’s leadership and service was felt by many throughout Oregon and beyond, we are all thankful for his service. The retirement celebration was not only a wonderful opportunity to recognize Chaplain Crowley for his service but also an evening to share the amazing history of the Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy (COPC).

For many years Chaplain Crowley shared with us through the monthly newsletter, I always looked forward to reading his words and appreciated his message. Chaplain Joel Stutzman has offered the opportunity for some guest writers to share a message through the newsletter and I will take advantage of the opportunity.

The COPC Board of Directors has the awesome honor to support the men and women that serve our communities and first responders as chaplains. I wanted to take the opportunity to recognize those people that give their time to be a part of the COPC Board. The COPC Board meets monthly to provide leadership and support to Executive Chaplain Mike Dismore, and Associate Chaplain Joel Stutzman along with the exceptional group of volunteer chaplains that make up the COPC team.

COPC is in a healthy financial position and recently received our annual financial review back with a very positive report. The board remains constantly focused on the financial needs and business practices of COPC. We are working to establish a financial support group to review the current revenue sources and consider other options to ensure a healthy financial future. Thank you to our regular donor support group and all of the first responders that support COPC through the payroll deduction program. COPC would not survive financially without your awesome support.

The board meetings provide the COPC leadership team time to share what is happening with the chaplains, discuss training updates, discuss any needs from the chaplains, and plan for the future.

Additionally, the COPC Board has the opportunity to interview all prospective chaplains. We strive to ensure the COPC team is made up of chaplains that understand the mission of COPC and have the tools to serve in a role that is extremely demanding and difficult.

I want to thank the members of the COPC Board for the dedication, wisdom, and commitment to COPC. Each board member has a very busy professional life and the fact that each of them is willing to serve COPC is a testament to their commitment to first responders throughout Central Oregon. I appreciate each of them, I am thankful for their friendship.

The COPC Board of Directors are: Sheriff Jim Adkins, Engineer/Paramedic Kevin Dieker, Hadley Hawkins (Retired USFS), Brent Landels (RE/MAX Key Properties), Captain Deron McMaster, Pastor Terry Webb.
Thank you for your service!
Dave Pickhardt COPC Board Chairman

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