Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy
The primary mission of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy is to provide pastoral care and counseling for employees and families of law enforcement and emergency service agencies, as well as the general public; assist the Coroner in notifying individuals who have lost a family member in an unexpected manner; assist the Mobile Crisis Unit and SWAT teams in hostage negotiations and other local emergency situations; and to provide follow-up visitations in the home or in the hospital for victims of crimes and their families.
The Chaplaincy is a Judeo-Christian organization that works closely with all law enforcement and emergency agencies and personnel in the Charleston area to provide assistance during emergency situations. These include murders, suicides, shootings, fires, including the fire at the Sofa Super Store on June 18, 2007 where nine Charleston firefighters died, and similar critical events. From its beginning with one Chaplain (Rev. Dewey) the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy has grown to its present strength of three full time Chaplains and about a dozen volunteer Chaplains that provide pastoral care and counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.