It's a blessing and privilege to minister to the 700 plus officers in the various departments our Chaplaincy serves in Spokane County. Being a Chaplain in the Law Enforcement community is a unique opportunity to make an impact in the lives of our men and women, who daily face challenges and dangers that can wreak havoc on their lives and the lives of their families. Our Chaplains not only find themselves ministering to officers, but people in our community as well, bringing comfort and counsel in confusing and traumatic times. Working with our officers is life changing, and definitely challenging at times, but always rewarding.
The Spokane County Chaplaincy Services will provide chaplains to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the law enforcement family and the community when needed or requested. Our chaplains will bring comfort, crisis oriented counseling, and a consoling nature to those who may be experiencing a crisis. We will not proselytize or otherwise attempt to force a particular religious faith on anyone. We will share our faith with those who seek or ask for spiritual counsel during these times. We will provide these services to all regardless of race, religion, gender, or national origin.
Chaplain Mark Smith was born in Spokane and graduated from Central Valley High School in 2004. He went on to graduate from Moody Bible Institute in 2008 and is currently working on continuing his formal bible education.
Mark, a licensed Pastor, began as a volunteer chaplain for the department in 2010 and has been assigned to Valley Night Platoon 1 since 2012. He became Lead Chaplain in November 2015 and continues to serve in that capacity. He thoroughly enjoys and feels privileged to serve within the Spokane County Sheriff's Office and Chaplaincy.
Mark and his wife Teresa, who also serves within the chaplaincy, have been married since 2007 and have one son. Mark has also been trained and certified for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for first responders after traumatic or critical incidents, and currently serves as support on the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Peer team.