Meet Heidi. She is like many of our listeners – wife of a police officer, mom to two little boys, is concerned about the current affairs of policing in the U.S., is trying to make her marriage work, and works as a trauma nurse to help support her family.
Based in Kansas City, KS, Heidi started a police wives group to support one another, and hosts an annual marriage conference. She provides practical tips for supporting your officer, connecting with other police wives, and creatively encouraging officers in your community.
In this episode, Heidi provides a 30-second “elevator pitch” for approaching businesses in your community to solicit support, gifts, and giveaways to encourage the officers in your area.
Heidi found that in giving and serving others, she actually benefited in her own marriage from the support of friendships developed in the new wives group.
She started her wives group so that they could “do life together” rather than waiting for a tragedy to bring them together. She started her group by doing 3 things:
1. She created a Facebook group to establish an online presence and connect with wives who are on Facebook.
2. She emailed the Chief/Admin of area agencies and asked them to forward her email about the wives group, which contained her information and the link to the Facebook group.
3. She asked new members of the group to spread the word to others and invite their closest friends.
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.