Rev. Steve Lee
Quick Response Team
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
8659 S. Sayre Ave.
Burbank, IL 60459
July 21, 2016
I want to thank you for your invitation to deploy to Dallas, TX after the tragic shooting of 11 police officers. The need to minister to our law enforcement family after such a significant event was very important, and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in that work with you and Rev. Frank Ruffatto of Peace Officer Ministries.
I’m so glad that I met you at the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry annual conference in 2013. I have been blessed with your friendship and advice, including your suggestion to enroll in the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy course held at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. My wife, Cherry, and I both attended the course in 2014, where we met Rev. Ruffatto.
I welcomed your invitation, earlier this year, to partner with the Quick Response Team & Peace Officer Ministries in doing the Lord’s work. The Dallas tragedy was our first opportunity to deploy together, and I feel that we did wonderful work – thanks be to God. We served well as a team (you, Rev. Ruffatto, me and Cherry), and I especially enjoyed the atmosphere of partnership, which you and Rev. Ruffatto encouraged. The fact that we all have a law enforcement background is very important.
Everyone had input, and we worked together to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit in our work. You have excellent experience & instincts, and I learned a great deal. The team consisting of me & my K-9 to aid with greeting, comfort & prayer, you & Rev. Ruffatto for ministry & planning, and Cherry for documenting & coordinating with QRT & POM staff, worked very well. We also split up for various tasks, and that allowed for chaplaincy work by all of us at times. I look forward to future opportunities to serve the Lord in this way.
To God be the glory!
K-9 Handler & Ministry Coordinator
Head Elder, Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church – Dixon, IL
Detective Sergeant, Carol Stream PD (Ret.)
FBI National Academy graduate