Supporting First Responders and Our Community Since 1983

Cowlitz Chaplaincy Services & Information

Chaplains serve free of charge, by invitation in three specific areas: emotional, relational, and spiritual. Chaplains are not police officers/firefighters, they serve as CARE givers.

Support Services

For Police/Fire/EMS personnel and their families

Crisis Intervention Support

For the community in times of need

Relational, Emotional, and Spiritual

Support to anyone (regardless of faith base) upon request

Upon request, Chaplains respond to these types of events/scenes:

* Homicide or suicide * Search & Rescue scene

* Serious auto accident * Hostage situation

* Domestic violence * Fire scene

* Plane/train crash * Civil disturbances

* SIDS/death of a child * Line of Duty injury/death

* Drowning * Civil disturbances

* Notifying families of serious injuries/death

Dear Friends and Partners of the Cowlitz Chaplaincy,

We’d like to invite you to participate in our 3rd Annual Responder Renewal Care Package fundraiser. There is no better time than now to express how much you appreciate our local First Responders. In addition, you are helping raise funds for the Cowlitz Chaplaincy. Act now! Care Packages will be delivered Nov 1.

We are assembling 796 Responder Renewal Care Packages for every First Responder and support staff in Cowlitz County. This covers all law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, dispatch, coroners, corrections and search and rescue! Each career, volunteer and support staff member will be presented a care package on your behalf with your name on it.
Each Responder Renewal Care Package includes an invitation to the improve comedy night for First Responder and their families, a Travel Kit, First Responder Family Handbook, and Don’t Give Up swag. Care packages are valued at $100. In addition, a personalized, hand-written card, will be given to every personnel letting them know how much we care about them.
We would love your support by purchasing a care package (or several)! Each package is $50. Your contribution provides support and care for Emergency Responders and crisis-intervention for our community.
  • Visit and click on the picture. Choose “Responder Renewal Care Package” from the drop-down menu and make your tax deductible donation for as many as you’d like.
  • Mail or drop off your donation to our office, 1560 Olympia Way, Longview, WA 98632, (memo: Care).
  • Text “$50 CARE” to the number, 84321. After clicking on the link provided, search for Cowlitz Chaplaincy. Choose “Responder Renewal Care Package” from the drop-down menu and make your tax deductible donation for as many as you’d like.
Thank you for showing our local heroes your appreciation.
Paul Bricknell
Executive Director
Cowlitz Chaplaincy
Tax ID 91-1312328

How We Serve

Cowlitz County Agencies, Responders and Their Families

First Responders and Their Families

Crisis Intervention & Support

Community Liaison Services

Who We Serve

Law Enforcement Agencies, Fire Agencies, and Other Agencies

Law Enforcement Agencies

Fire Agencies

Other Agencies

Chaplaincy Newsletter

Fall 2022

Meet The Chaplains

Paul Bricknell,

Executive Director

Doug Fields,

Lead Chaplain

Mario Gambaro,

Staff Chaplain

Ray Orr,

Staff Chaplain

Grant Wiltbank,

Reserve Chaplain

Dawn Wiltbank,

Reserve Chaplain

Mike Velilla,

Reserve Chaplain

Tom Haan,

Reserve Chaplain

Support Staff

Cynthia Moon,

Volunteer Office Manager

Kalei LeFave,

Community Outreach Director

“And then a Chaplain showed up...”

We've been serving the community since 1983

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How You can Help Us

Each year, in unique and emergency settings, hundreds of people encounter God because a Chaplain came to them in time of need. Our Chaplains are crisis intervention trained pastors who serve everyone in our county.

While local PD/FD provide some equipment and training, our Chaplains are not employees of any government agencies – they ‘volunteer’ their services. If it were not for the financial support of individuals, churches and organizations Cowlitz Chaplaincy would not exist. Our Chaplains need your help to continue to fulfill our mission and do what they are trained and gifted to do. Here’s what you can do…

Pray for our Chaplains by name

Ask God to fill them with strength and wisdom as they minister in the many situations they are called upon to assist with. Ask God to protect them from ‘burn-out’ from having to deal with so much stress in people’s lives.

Your financial support will help underwrite this vital ministry

Your financial gift ensure professionally trained Chaplains are available “24-7” – more importantly, your gifts make a difference in someone’s life! Cowlitz Chaplaincy is a registered “501.c3” non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.  Donate today!

Please contact us and let us know how you would like to help. Email us today.