This afternoon, Police Chief Frank Carter swore in Pastor Ralph Dawkins as the Department’s newest Police Chaplain. Pastor Dawkins was accompanied by his wife and children. Pastor Dawkins and his wife, Gwendolyn, are natives of Brooklyn, New York.
Pastor Dawkins has been an ordained and licensed minister with the Christian House of Prayer Ministries in Killeen, Texas since 1994. He is a board certified counselor from the Therapon Institute, Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Angelo State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies & Theology and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. He is a chartered member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and now facilitates ministerial training at Sonship School of the Firstborn, Christian House of Prayer - San Angelo.
Pastor Dawkins joins 6 other Department Chaplains who act as resource for counseling for members of the agency and their families, and serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community. They are called upon to deliver the invocation or benediction at public ceremonies as representatives of the police department and respond to crises situations when called upon.