FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – The Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) has selected Southwestern Seminary Chaplain Dean Nichols to serve as its chaplain following the retirement of Mitch Felder. In addition to his chaplain role at the seminary, Nichols has served as chaplain for Kenai, Ala., Police Department, Alaska State Troopers and FWPD chaplain during the graduation of Academy Class 133.

Nichols also has a background in military and law enforcement, having served in the United States Air Force and as a Houston police officer on the pistol team. The new chaplain has a son currently serving in the FWPD, which provides him a personal affinity for the department and its well-being.

The FWPD said in an internal statement that it recognized the superb resource the city has found in Nichols and the asset he will be to the department as it seeks to serve and protect the citizens of Fort Worth.

“We are very fortunate to serve a city with great resources,” a FWPD spokesman wrote. “Dean is very friendly and has a deep desire to serve this city and all members, civilian and sworn, of the Fort Worth Police Department.”

Nichols will continue to serve in his role as chaplain at Southwestern Seminary in addition to his new responsibilities as chaplain with FWPD.