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ARDMORE - Huntsville Police Department ...
ARDMORE - Huntsville Police Department chaplain Lonnie Jones will be the guest speaker at the annual Ardmore Police Memorial on Wednesday.
Jones also serves as minister at Maysville Church of Christ and is an instructor at Huntsville's police academy.
Lonnie Jones, Licensed Professional CounselorLonnie Jones is a hometown boy who has worked in youth ministry in Huntsville, AL, for over 20 years.He also serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor.Lonnie served in youth ministry at the Memorial Parkway Church of Christ for many years before his work in Counseling.He is the creator of S.W.A.T. (Skits With A Truth).He is a member of the staff at the Maysville Church of Christ.He
also provides services as a "youth ministry consultant".Lonnie
loves young people and loves the Lord.
Speaker: Lonnie Jones, ...
Speaker: Lonnie Jones, associate minister of the Maysville Church of Christ in Gurley, AL
Lonnie Jones delivers the ...
Lonnie Jones delivers the keynote address at the observance.
Jones is a longtime volunteer chaplain with the Huntsville Police Department.
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ARDMORE - As a chaplain for Huntsville police, Lonnie Jones
speaks words of humor and sorrow, but there are times he
, who was the guest speaker for the annual Ardmore Police Memorial on Wednesday, said he
says things he
shouldn't, says things he
doesn't want to say and struggles to find the right words.
, who also preaches at Maysville Church of Christ
, said that as a minister, he
makes jokes to lighten the mood, and some jokes probably aren't minister-approved humor.
recalled an instance before officers were going on a raid, and the supervisor asked Jones
to give the officers advice should they get shot.
told them if they saw beautiful angel wings, to go toward the light.
If they saw ugly wings, to hold on until the doctor arrived.
"I told them if they saw Victoria's Secret angel wings, shoot me, too," Jones
During his 18 years as chaplain, Jones also has delivered news of death and said words he has never wanted to say.
"I've knocked on that door of a loved one.
I've gone to a school to tell a 6-year-old boy his
mama is not going to pick him up today," Jones
Yet, it was a story about a situation that left him speechless that Jones
struggled to retell.
"An (officer) told me, 'I have no use for religion, because I don't feel God has much use for me, after all I've done,' " Jones
could not think of comforting words, he
then remembered scripture teaching how God is partial to shepherds, he
"Shepherds protect and defend the helpless sheep," Jones
noted the Bible verse John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down his
life for his
said officers approach cars, kick in doors and put on bulletproof vests for those they love, those they don't like and people they don't know.
"How much more of a special place do (officers) have in the heart of God?
"Our creator, God, understands what it means to put someone he
loves in harm's way."
said Jesus died to protect his
"And I sleep better at night knowing you are out there," he
told officers in the audience.
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Lonnie Jones is a family minister, licensed professional counselor, team-building expert, and rock climbing and rappelling enthusiast.
also a family man with a wife and kids.
And he's a chaplain to the Huntsville Police Department's SWAT Team.
an easy-going and likable guy, when Jones
showed up at his
first SWAT training session in 1992, he
wasn't welcomed with open arms.
found a clannish group of men who seemed suspicious of him.
didn't even know what the ''SR team'' was.
A minister at Memorial Parkway Church of Christ, Jones had volunteered to participate in the police department's chaplain program.
In 1992, the chaplains decided to dedicate their individual efforts to a specific group of officers.
While looking over the list, Jones
asked about the ''SR team,'' what it did.
Nobody knew, but Jones
was assigned to it.
He jotted down the time of the members' next training session, then showed up and said he was their chaplain.
said he'd go with them.
did - in his
By the next week, Jones
had learned that the ''SR team'' was the department's special response team, better known as the SWAT
This time, he
showed up wearing a new pair of running shoes.
Since then, he's
never missed a training day or call-out.
''It took him a while to break in, for us to feel comfortable around him,'' Daly said. ''But he's
one of our greatest assets today.''
Jones plays varying roles for the SWAT team, among them helping train officers to rappel.
''We couldn't hire someone who is more competent in rock climbing and rappelling,'' said SWAT
Rodney Baker. ''And Lonnie
is just a great guy.
not just our chaplain, he
is one of us.''