Chaplain of the Year

2016 Chaplain of the Year

Lieutenant, Chaplain James Stephens

Pinal County, Arizona

Chaplain James Stephens became a volunteer member of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) Victims Services Unit in 2008. The PCSO Victim Services Unit is a civilian group of staff and volunteers created to assist victims of crime and support law enforcement. Victim service chaplains are on call to provide aid, comfort, help and resources to victims, witnesses and survivors of crime. 

Chaplain Stevens has a 14-year background in law enforcement. Before volunteering for PCSO, he spent many years as a department chaplain for a small Arizona police agency. He draws on his extensive law enforcement background to connect with the deputies that may be having trouble coping with stressful or traumatic incidents. He finds comfort in providing faith-based counseling to law officers and crime victims alike. 

Chaplain Stephens keeps busy outside of his chaplain service to PCSO by volunteering for his church and works for the elderly as the county’s Triad coordinator. The group is made up of community representatives who implement programs and activities to help the county’s elderly. 

His accomplishments as Triad coordinator include expanding the county’s lock-box program and the use of first-responder medical alert cards. These programs provide a safer home environment for the handicapped and elderly to remain independent. He also coordinates a group of volunteers who do light handiwork for elderly who are not physically able to perform simple home maintenance. 

This award recognizes a chaplain who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and his/her agency or who had demonstrated conspicuous excellence in the performance of his/her duties. This award is sponsored by GTL.


Previous Winners

1998   Norman E. Mitchell - Cumberland County, NC

1999   Chaplain Mary Perry - Troy, OH

2000   Chaplain Ed Stelle - Multnomah County, OR

2001   Sheriff Timothy A. Hawsey - Escambia County, AL

2002   Chaplain Harold Ellis - Bell County, TX

2003   Chaplain Michael Taylor - Rowan County, NC

2004   Father Dennis J. Hayes - Onondaga County, NY

2005   Chaplain L. Gale Lyon - Knox County, TN

2006   Chaplain Ron McMurray - Whitman County, WA

2007   Bishop Doctor Michael J. Love - McHenry County, IL

2008   Chaplain Robert "Bob" Whithford - Lake County, FL

2009   Dr. Glenn Davis - Forsyth County, NC

2010   Chaplain Gerald Bills - Whitley County, IN

2011   Pastor Phillip A. Green - Genesee County, NY

2012   Reverend Tim Eldred - Rutherford County, TN

2013   Pastor Chuck Kish - Cumberland County, PA

2014  Sergeant Brian Boyer - Berks County, PA

2015  Chaplain Gregory Clayton - Orange County, FL