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A RECALCULATED ROUTE – THE 41-YEAR JOURNEY FROM MP TO SERVE & PROTECT
Serve & Protect was founded July 2011 by Robert Michaels, a veteran of law enforcement. He entered law enforcement in 1970 as a MP with the 229th Military Police Battalion of the Virginia Army National Guard. In 1973 he joined the Norfolk Police Department (VA) where he served on patrol and as a detective.
In 1978, Michaels left Norfolk bound for Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina where he earned his B.S. in Biblical Education, and worked as a weekend announcer for 100,000 watt WMHK and helped with concert promotion. In 1981 Rob enrolled at Wheaton College where he earned a Master’s Degree in Communications through an interdisciplinary program combining marketing, public relations, and interpersonal communications. While at Wheaton, Rob served several churches in the area as a pulpit supply when needed.
Likewise in Wheaton, Michaels worked at two agencies, one syndicating radio programs and writing copy, and the other providing marketing services for student and nurse recruiting, where he developed the first concert research package for Christian artists. In 1985, he moved to Nashville as VP of Marketing for a major record company, and in 1987 launched Lord & Michaels Entertainment where he provided marketing, media, and management services for music clients and speakers for more than 20 years.
In 2008, Rob became Executive Director for Global Tribe, a non-profit addressing poverty for at-risk people groups in various countries, including India, Mexico, and the Asian continent – launched in the U.S. by Newsboys. During that time he directed six successful REACH evangelistic events featuring Newsboys, partnered with local radio stations and churches.
2008 also saw Rob come full circle, returning to serve the law enforcement community as a volunteer Chaplain for the Williamson County Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 41. He was instrumental in forming a Chaplain’s committee at both the local and state level, and networked the FOP Chaplains in Tennessee. Currently he is assisting the FOP National Chaplain networking the FOP State Chaplains, with the goal of networking all FOP Chaplains to create a national support net for officers in need.
It was July 2011 Michaels launched Serve & Protect, after stepping down from Global Tribe. “In June I was praying, because I knew God was moving in my heart,” says Michaels. “It was while I was sitting in church that God put Serve & Protect on my heart, and helped me see that since leaving law enforcement, which I loved, He has taken me on a journey that has prepared me for this calling.”
Based in Brentwood Rob serves as the Chaplain for the FBI Memphis Division, Nashville R.A., State Chaplain for Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police, and is a Chaplain and Second VP for FOP Morris Heithcock Lodge 41 in Williamson County TN, where he is an active member. Rob is also an adjunct instructor teaching Plain Talk About PTSD and Suicide for public safety.
He is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, National Center for Crisis Management, Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, and Luis Palau Next Generation Alliance. He holds a B.A. from Columbia International University in Biblical Education and a M.A. from Wheaton College in Communications (IL). In September 2015, Michaels served as Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives, opening the day in prayer, nominated by Congressman Marsha Blackburn.
Recently had articles published on FoxNews.com, and DailyCaller.com, and has been interviewed on Janet Parshall Show, Blaze.com, Harvest TV Show, and several others. (Located in our Media section under ABOUT and under RESOURCES.)
Rob is available to speak to Church, Civic, Youth, Corporate, and Men’s events about the emotional and spiritual needs in Law Enforcement, FireRescue, and Corrections, as well as his life story, Recalculating Route. It offers hope for those looking for direction in uncertain times and is rooted in Proverbs 3:5-6.
You can contact Rob by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling 615-224-2424.
R.N.; Care Coordinator; Spouse Advocate, Services Facilitator
Rose works in out patient surgery and has worked in several areas of medical care
The wife of a police officer since 2008, Rose is committed to the mental health of all first responders and their families; experiencing first hand the challenges that families of first responders encounter on a daily basis. She feels that we cannot allow first responders to be afraid of career ramifications for seeking help, especially because they put their lives on the line for us everyday.
Spouses also need to seek healthy ways to deal with the stress and anxiety of the job….the missed holidays, anxious goodbyes, sleepless nights, emotional distance, lack of communication, work hours that don’t mesh with most of society, and at times, loneliness. Rose feels that mental health awareness is important for every member of the first responder family.
Robert Casale M.A.
Peer Advocate, Intervention, Educator
M.A. Adler University Chicago, Mental Health Counseling; President’s list 4.0
- Chicago Police Department, 18 year veteran; Education and Training Division; Crisis Intervention Team Certified, Peer Support
- Served on the tactical unit and gang suppression team
Rob is passionate about breaking down the stigma in the community that surrounds mental health and well being; many first responders do not seek assistance due to fear of being perceived as weak, so they suffer in silence. He encourages first responders to seek assistance to help them better understand and manage their stress in positive ways, which helps them to have better family lives, work relationships, job satisfaction and lead healthier lives.
Dr. Rich Kelly, Psy.D
Peer Advocate, Intervention, Educator
First Responders Wellness Center, Lombard, IL: Individual, couples, and group therapy; consulting; assessment; and training
Retired Chicago Police Sergeant with over 23 years law enforcement experience. Peer Support and Crisis Intervention Team Member
Doctor of Psychology, Adler University
Master of Arts Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Police Psychology from Adler University
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
Trauma-based treatment provider in EMDR and Neurofeedback
Headstrong Project Clinical Partner: “Healing the Hidden Wounds of War”
Dr. Carrie Steiner, Psy.D.
Serve & Protect Board Member; Clinical Advisor
Founder, First Responders Wellness Center, Clinical/Police Psychologist, Forensic Testing, Consultant & Speaker
Chicago Police Department, 13 year veteran;
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus, Psy.D., Forensic Psychology/clinical psychology
Adler School of Professional Psychology, Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association Of Trauma Professionals, EMDR therapist / EMDRIA
Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and Autism Spectrum Disorder Trainer at the Chicago Police Academy. National speaker on mental illness and police response. She has worked with U.S. Marshals, theFBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and several other federal, state, and local agencies.
P3 Heroes Fitness and Conditioning Coach
Founder of P3: Heroes Program; a fitness program for first responders centered on Peace, Power, and Purpose. A 6-week boot camp / crossfit training program addressing body, mind, and spirit, reflecting the core principles of Serve & Protect.
Premiere#1 ranked High School QB in CA; player of the year in football and baseball. 18th ranked baseball player in CA, 4th round pick by LA Dodgers.
All American linebacker, football scholarship player at University of TN; played linebacker ’98-‘2000, member of the UT National Championship Team.
Founding partner and co-owner, D1 Sports Training, Franklin TN; sold his ownership in 2006.
2007, Founder of M.A.D. Sports Training (Make A Difference) and M.A.D. Baseball Academy, and founded Foundation Coaching Men for Tomorrow.
Successfully trained athletes in NFL, NBA, MLB, Division 1 All-Conference selections, and on occasion, recruits for Navy Seals.
Judd is an ordained minister, and frequent speaker at Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Outside the Lines, local schools and Churches. He is a mentor of men young and old, incorporating life choices into fitness choices.