As a graduate of CIU, I can highly recommend their excellence in academics and commitment to an evangelical Christian foundation.  We recommend Columbia International University and their Chaplaincy program, headed by 25 year veteran Chaplain Dr. Michael Langston. http://bit.ly/zPViwy. This program offers both a M.A. in Chaplaincy as well as a M.Div. We have partnered with CIU and Dr. Langston to launch a brand new and unique program to teach retired first responders to become chaplains through a narrowly focused certificate program. Currently in the development stages, this program allows those who loved the job to still serve their brothers and sisters.

It is our belief that the best Chaplains for first responders come from those very ranks.  There is no way to teach what is learned on the streets, living in the first responder culture. Retired first responders have the street savvy, understand the culture, and can address the issues faced because they speak from experience.

When Serve & Protect founder Robert Michaels left Norfolk Police Department, he enrolled in Columbia Bible College – now Columbia International University www.ciu.edu. “The education I received at CIU was foundational in the launch of Serve & Protect. Without that formative experience, we would not have that bedrock knowledge and faith experience we experience today. I can say, without reservation, my experience at CIU changed my life.”

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