Jonathan Parker, host of the Watch Your Six Podcast, explains why the marriage oath should matter more to cops and first responders. He also presents the top five marriage resources to help you prepare for, strengthen, or save your marriage with the reminder that the key to success is being intentional.
Here Are Jonathan’s Top 5 Marriage Resource Recommendations:
1. The Watch Your Six Podcast
Check out previous episodes with police wives Kristi Neace, Heidi Hogan, Allison Uribe, and Victoria Newman. Each of them has great advice, books, or other resources that will strengthen your marriage. Jonathan especially recommends Vicki Newman’s book A Marriage in Progress.
2. Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
This book, audiobook, podcast, and website will teach spouses how to provide the love and respect their spouses so desperately needs. This resource was especially beneficial to Jonathan. The website also offers a free 15 day plan to help your marriage.
Winshape is a beautiful retreat center on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA. The website offers a host of resources and organizations to help prepare for, strengthen, or save your marriage. Of particular relevance is the retreat each March and October for military and first responders by Serving Marriages.
The website is a hub for marriage ministry and resources. It also offers a free relational needs assessment tool. They offer some of the most practical resources to address relational needs and heal hurts.
The Center for Relational Care is Jonathan’s number one recommendation for marriages in crisis or on the verge of divorce. They offer Marriage Intensive retreats in Austin, TX and Rome, GA, as well as counseling and other workshops.
Jonathan Parker is a professional communicator, trainer, podcaster, and pastor who is passionate about serving law enforcement officers and their families.
Jonathan was raised in Savannah, GA, and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, he moved to Cleveland, TN to complete his graduate studies. He graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Divinity.
Jonathan began working with the Chattanooga Police Department in 2007, and has served on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer in an inner-city high school, and as an adjunct training instructor for multiple agencies. He was twice named “Officer of the Year” for the Chattanooga Police Department, received two life-saving medals – one of those for performing CPR on his wife Meredith who was clinically dead for over 15 minutes after suffering a massive heart attack eight (8) days after the birth of their daughter, and he also received the Tennessee Governor’s Homeland Security Award from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson.
Jonathan is the host of the “Watch Your Six” podcast, which serves law enforcement and first responder families by providing practical resources in six critical areas to help them successfully navigate life and their career.
Jonathan, Meredith, and their daughter Olivia are the founding Pastors of Cop Church Chattanooga, a worship gathering for law enforcement families that launched in February 2015.
Jonathan can be reached via his website at www.JonathanOParker.com or www.CopChurch.com.