John Babler already wears several hats: professor of counseling at Southwestern Seminary, minister of missions at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth, vice president of the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains, and chaplain for the Forest Hill Police Department (FHPD). After 22 weeks of training last fall, he now has one more item to add to his resume: reserve police officer for the FHPD.

Babler was on sabbatical from Southwestern during the fall 2015 semester, and he utilized that time by attending the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Police Academy. He believes that going through the academy with fellow cadets will make him more effective as a chaplain as he ministers to those working in law enforcement.

The Southern Baptist TEXAN published a story about Babler’s experience, detailing how it has better equipped him for ministry. Read the full story here