About Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy

Who We Are & Why We Do What We Do

The Mission

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy exists to provide on-scene and post-incident crisis support and follow-up care to community members, victims and their families, and first responders (police, fire, EMS, and dispatch agency personnel).

Our trained and certified Chaplains work alongside 26 local emergency response agencies to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical care to those facing crisis and trauma.

The Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy was incorporated 46 years ago to bring hope and healing to the hurting in our community in times of crisis. Since that time, our ministry has grown, but our passion remains the same: we are here to provide compassionate, competent, and comprehensive care to our community and first responders.

24 hours per day, 7 days per week, our 4 staff chaplains and 45 volunteers annually respond to an estimated 10,000 service calls, directly providing service to victims, community members, and emergency service employees to the 800,000 residents in the South Puget Sound region.

TPCC provides a critical role in the immediate aftermath of crisis, providing our services with no-cost to our agencies or the victims. 

Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy (TPCC) is an IRS Determined Tax Exempt 501 (c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Washington and headquartered in the TAPCO offices located at 6312 19th St. West, Fircrest. We are staffed by 4 full-time chaplains, an Executive Director, a Chaplain Care Coordinator, and a full-time Office Manager.


Glen Luebke

Central Pierce Fire and Rescue

Staffed Chaplain for Tacoma – Pierce County Chaplaincy Glen has served since 2012. Click Photo for more info…

Russ Peters, MDIV, PhD

Tacoma Fire Dept.

Staffed Chaplain for Tacoma – Pierce County Chaplaincy Russ has served since 2013. Click Photo for more info…

Leslie Montgomery

Staffed Chaplain for Tacoma Police Leslie was just honored as Chaplain of the year. Click Photo for more info…


The Police & Fire Chaplain’s Training Academy partners with Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission. To date, over 500 chaplains from the Northwest and as far away as the Philippines and Papua New Guinea have been trained.




When I ask myself what the Academy has meant to me, the first thing that comes to mind is:  It caused me to reconsider if I have truly been called to chaplaincy.  I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on the Thursday morning of the academy , full of doubt.  I shared this with my wife who is also my co-chaplain.  She faithfully listened.  Into the first class of the day came Tom Lumsden.  by the time he finished God reconfirmed that I have been called.  All of the teaching has been confirming and affirming.  I now believe I am equipped to begin. Nick, Molalla Fire Department


Chaplaincy has been described to us this week as “the painful privilege”.  “Who signs up to go in the night to deliver to someone, the most crushing blow they’ve ever received?  Really, who does that?”  Those who are called of God to journey with people through their most intimate moments of pain.  This work cannot be done alone.  This week I’ve been united with 30 men and women who share “the painful privilege”.  We’ve been equipped by those who have gone before us to join the ranks of those who support our first responders.Chris Peppler, Bothell Police Department


I have done a fair amount of Bible/Ministry training.  Nothing has prepared me more for chaplaincy than PFCTA.  The instructors are experienced, the contend invaluable and the hands on excercise with police and fire agencies was a ton of fun.  Before I came into this program I wasn’t sure if deputies thought of me more than a ‘wannabe”, but now I know our presence as a chaplain is invited and respected.  I feel  prepared to escort Christ into the next crisis for our Department.Andy Pursley,  Clallam County Sheriff’s Department