Chaplain Program

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is excited to announce a new chaplain program for the internal employees within the department. The wellbeing of all serving in the law enforcement field is a top priority for the department. This added channel allow for employees to get the support they need and deserve. The department will also be offering training to current chaplains or individuals interested in becoming chaplains on a yearly basis. Details on upcoming trainings can be found below. If your agency is looking for help starting a chaplain program please reach out to our staff to see if we can be of assistance.



John D. Putnam - Lead Chaplain


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John D. Putnam has been a LE Chaplain since 2004 and currently serves the Sheboygan County Sheriff Department, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement, the United States Secret Service, and is the lead chaplain for the Wisconsin Department of Justice chaplaincy program.  John has been the senior pastor of Pentecostals of Sheboygan County since 2006.


John also serves as the Region-4 Director for the International Conference of Police Chaplains covering Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  He is married to Michelle, has three growing boys and lives in the country where he enjoys bowhunting.



Bob Goodsell


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Bob has served as a law enforcement chaplain with agencies in Wisconsin and Minnesota and is the father of a police officer. 


He is a former Marine Corps officer and retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel serving in the areas of Infantry, Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations. He retired after three operational deployments and twenty-two years of service.



Bob has enjoyed some significant cross cultural experience working within various countries with civilian leaders in his role as a military officer in addition to training church leaders as a pastor.

On the civilian side, Bob has served as a university counselor, ministry leader, consultant and pastor.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Bethel University and his graduate degree from Indiana University.



Frank O’Laughlin


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Frank J. O’Laughlin is the Children’s Minister at Living Word Christian Church in La Crosse WI. He has been a Law Enforcement Chaplain for the past 16 years, serving eight different departments state wide. Frank is a 25-year Combat Veteran where he has served in varying roles all over the world. Frank served as the Chaplain during the First Gulf war aboard the USS Bunker Hill (CG52).

Frank currently serves as the Conference Director and Membership Committee Chair for the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC). He has served as the Wisconsin Area Representative and Regional Director for ICPC Region Four.



Mark Clements


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Reverend Mark Clements has been a law enforcement chaplain since 2000. He is the President of the La Crosse Area Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, which serves the La Crosse Police Department, Onalaska Police Department and the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, managing a team of 25 chaplains. Chaplain Clements has assisted 17 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin starting chaplaincy programs. In 2004, Chaplain Clements began serving the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a chaplain and has served on its National Steering Committee.  In 2016 Chaplain Clements was sworn in to serve as the Wisconsin State Patrol Lead Chaplain. Chaplain Clements started working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2017 to establish that agencies Chaplain Program and now serves as the WDNR Lead Chaplain. Chaplain Clements has also recently been selected as a chaplain for the United States Secret Service and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.


Chaplain Clements joined the International Conference of Police Chaplains in 2001. He has served as Chair of the Spiritual Oversight Committee and Personnel Committee, as the ICPC Wisconsin Representative, on the Education Committee and was elected as the 21st President of ICPC. Chaplain Clements is an ICPC certified instructor and member of the ICPC Disaster Response Team. Chaplain Clements is a member of the Mississippi River Valley Critical Incident Stress Management Team also serving on its Executive Committee. In 2012, Chaplain Clements was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to serve on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Chaplain Clements is certified as an instructor by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, is a published author and an ordained minister, having pastored Living Word Christian Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin since 1984. He earned a Bachelors’ Degree from Trinity Biblical University and is currently earning his Masters Degree through Andersonville Theological Seminary. Chaplain Clements and his wife, Paula, have been married since 1981 and have two adult children. Chaplain Clements has been recognized by the City of La Crosse Police Department receiving the Chief of Police Superior Achievement Award in 2004, the Chief of Police Distinguished Citizens Service Award in 2006, and a Certificate of Appreciation for dedication and service to law enforcement in 2009 and the Citizen Award of Excellence in 2016. He has also been recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director for Outstanding Assistance provided to FBI Personnel in 2007 and Exceptional Service in the Public Interest in 2009, and was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for excellence in law enforcement chaplaincy for service to the Bureau. In 2011 Chaplain Clements received the prestigious John A. Price Award from the ICPC for Excellence in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.



George Papachristou


George graduated from Marquette University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Theology and then began a career in law enforcement as a Special Deputy for the Waukesha County Sheriff Department. He then served as a police officer for the Village of Menomonee Falls and then the City of Milwaukee. As an ordained minister George is active in the Men’s Ministry and Chaplaincy Program at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield. In addition to serving as Chaplain for the Milwaukee Police Department, George serves as Chaplain for the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Village of Big Bend Police Department. He also serves on the Executive Boards of Milwaukee’s “Police Officer Support Team” and the Wisconsin chapter of “Concerns of Police Survivors”. George is a certified instructor with the International Conference of Police Chaplains and a committee member with the Wisconsin Department of Justice “Officer Wellness Committee



Steve Rogers


Steve Rogers has been married to his wife, Cindy and they have 2 adult children, both of whom are married now as well. Now, only their dog, Belle remains at home with them. Steve has been pastoring a great church called Elim Tabernacle since 2006. After receiving a master's degree in Biblical studies, he has only intensified his love of studying. He has throughly enjoyed serving the Greenfield Police and Fire Departments as a chaplain for over 9 years and his commitment to serve the community has inspired him to serve as a Planning Commissioner and formerly on Greenfield's Board of Review.


He has taught various age groups from elementary school to Bible college.  In 2017, steve released a book titled, “No Sweeter Way to Die” where he exposes the addictive nature of sugar and promotes making healthy eating a lifestyle. On his downtime, steve enjoys golf, reading & running and just about any kind of activity that would involve water and woods.



Mary Kay Balchunas

Mary Kay Balchunas holds Masters degrees in social work from UWM and theological studies from Saint Francis Seminary as well as a doctorate in leadership from Stritch.  In 2014, she retired from 18 years of chaplaincy at Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa.  She is a member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains and has been chaplain for the New Berlin Police Department since 2002. Mary Kay is married and is the mother of DCI fallen officer, Jay (EOW 11-5-04), and mother-in-law of a New Berlin officer.  



Steve Niles

Stephen R. Niles serves as Lead Chaplain for the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. He is an ordained pastor with emphasis in adult Christian education and Counseling. Law Enforcement Chaplaincy is now his full time primary ministry. Steve has also earned a Masters in Business Administration and is registered with the state as a Designer of Engineering Systems. Certified as an instructor with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), he serves to educate other Chaplains in the Basics of Chaplaincy and serves on the ICPC Educational Committee.


Steve brings a very practical and pragmatic approach to the Chaplaincy. With a strong background in both ministry and the business world, Steve offers a direct and life application based influence in the lives of those he serves. Hailing from a large family with numerous law enforcement, including his son, he has grown up with a special appreciation for those in law enforcement and is now honored and privileged to serve those who serve.



Additional Online Resources:


Wisconsin Concerns of Police Survivors


Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial


Wisconsin Honor Guard Association


Federal Public Safety Officer Benefits


National Concerns of Police Survivors


National Law Enforcement Memorial


Officer Down Memorial Page

Future Chaplain Training Events: