Our volunteer chaplains program officially started in December 1997 with the appointment of LaWanda Mabery as chaplain. The officers nicknamed her "Chappy" and that's the name she went by. Chappy was a member of the professional organization, International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and she received an award from the Regional ICPC for "Excellency in Chaplaincy." The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma also named Chappy "Chaplain of the Year."
In March of 2011 Chaplain Bill Ledbetter, minister at Fairview Baptist Church in Durant, joined Chappy. Bill has taken all the required training for Basic Certification in ICPC. Chappy passed away March 14th 2014 and is missed dearly.
Bill Has served as a trained and approved volunteer Chaplain at the prison in Bohnam, TX. At the prison he led two teams for twice monthly prison ministry. He has also been involved in ministry with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and Bryan Baptist Association.
Chappy had represented our department as a Disaster Relief Chaplain in
Arizona for the forest fires and went to Florida for hurricanes Charlie
and Ivan. She helped the victims and also encouraged the disaster relief
"Chaplains are responsible for the organization and
development of the spiritual organizations in the department, and
provide counseling for officers and other personnel," said Chaplain
LaWanda Mabery. "We are involved in public relations efforts and provide
liaison with other religious leaders in the community, give death
notifications and assistance to victims."