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What SHIELD means...

The mission of Shield Chaplaincy is to serve, heal, inspire, encourage, love, and to develop strategies to assist law enforcement officers in finding fulfillment at work and at home through biblical principles and proven wellness practices.


While shield is a distinctly Christ-centered ministry, as a workplace chaplaincy, we assist all officers and their families regardless of their faith or creed. Building and nurturing relationships with officers is at the heart of everything we do. The old adage is still true today: people do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.


  • Chaplains Stephenson and Potter have done more than 1,000 ride-alongs with officers and deputies from four departments in the Roanoke Valley, allowing them to see first-hand everything law enforcement encounters during their shifts.
  • They have also met privately with hundreds of officers, provided hospital visitation, performed weddings, funerals, death notifications, served on several retreats for officers and dispatchers dealing with post-traumatic stress, and provided general support and encouragement.
  • Retention is an increasing challenge, morale is a constant battle, injured officers often feel left behind, far too many law enforcement marriages are ending in divorce, and officers do not feel like they are making any positive impact. 
Shield's Response: Provide full-time chaplains working in cooperation with Roanoke City Police, Roanoke County Police, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and Salem Police.
Shield's Simple Belief: If officers are emotionally and spiritually healthy, they are more likely to serve longer, do a better job while serving, and find greater fulfillment both at work and at home

How You Can Help

First, join The Prayer Shield, a group of people who will commit to praying for officers, their families, and for Shield. While officers primarily deal with the physical manifestations of evil, ultimately, the battle is spiritual (see Ephesians 6:12). If you will pray with us, sign-up below (see bottom of this section).
Second, yes, money is needed. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil (1Timothy 6:10), but money is also a tool of blessing. Indeed, from the days of Abraham forward, we have been blessed in order to bless others. Will you partner with us by making tax-deductible contributions? Consider the following options:
MONTHLY GIVING: We are seeking...
  • 200 contributors to commit $50+/month
  • 100 contributors to commit to giving $100+/month
-ANNUAL GIVING: We are seeking...
  •   5 Gifts of $5,000+
  • 10 Gifts of $2,500+
  • 20 Gifts of $1,000+
  • If you believe in the mission, SPREAD THE WORD!
  • Refer Shield to any individuals, churches, and businesses who may consider partnering with us.
  • Share the link to our website, follow us @shieldchap on Instagram and FaceBook.

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I first met Darren as a young patrol officer in Roanoke City. I came into the line-up room in a very poor mood and was using some very "colorful" language. Shortly after my rant the sergeant let me know that he was the new chaplain and was assigned to ride with me that night.

After a bit of apologizing for my language, a smile grew across his face and his hand landed on my shoulder. He explained that he understood the pressures we are under and that a little letting off of steam is to be expected. I truly can say from the bottom of my heart I loved having him in my shop that night. Since then he has always been by my side ready to help and never pushed for anything. He understands cops and is willing to walk the same path we have. It is truly an honor to call him my friend! One of my dearest friends from my time at Roanoke! - Officer

You not only supported my husband as an officer, but also provided support to our family while we navigated life after losing our child. We are so grateful for your continued support. I cannot imagine what officers go through on a daily basis and on top of that, they all carry their own life’s struggles, big and small. I know my husband is not one to solicit a listening ear but you made yourself available in a way that was unobtrusive yet comforting.


We are so grateful to have had your grounding presence available to us. Thank you again! I am forever grateful!  – Officer’s Wife

Our wedding officiant and friend Darren Potter! RPD and the whole LE family are lucky to have you as a Chaplain.  – Officer’s Wife

Thank you to you and your family for prayers, continual support and inspirational comfort.  – Officer

Very grateful to have Darren Potter in my life. For years he has been there to counsel me. Whether he is giving me advice, praying with me, lending an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on, he is always a positive influence. Thank you, my friend. Very much looking forward to our next meeting!  – Officer

June 22, 2020


Chaplain Potter showed up at RPD about 11 years ago. We had other Chaplains then and still have additional chaplains now. But this guy shows up consistently. He does ride-alongs, sometime multiple shifts per week, to get to know the officers. He serves with the heart of Christ and bears our burdens with us. He and his wife, Melanie, have never not answered the any hour. At first, we weren’t sure what to think about a preacher riding along with cops whose language and humor are typically dark and not church friendly! He takes it all in stride and humbly serves every day to support the thin blue line. 

He has since made this his full-time job. Rarely does a day go by that that I don’t see him: whether it’s working with officers, chatting with us in the hallway, or enduring our dark sense of humor. He has taken hours and hours and hours to build relationships with each officer. Chaplain Potter comes to lineup and prays with the officers at the start of their long unknown shifts ahead. He knows our families and checks on them when we are working long hours. He has gained the trust of every officer who he serves: and that is a monumental task in and of itself!

On Saturday of the protests when our supplemental officers were called in from their weekend off, I looked around and realized we would have to feed the group. Before I could begin the task, Chaplain Potter came strolling in with boxes and boxes of pizza. He is truly special and if you want to support your local police departments here in the Valley: support


And Darren Potter, thank you! From the bottom of my heart thank you for embodying Christ’s servant mindset to help. We cannot thank you and Melanie enough. 


Lt. Susannah Camp

Roanoke City Police






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Thank you so much for your crucial and sacrificial support of Shield!