Director of the River Region Chaplain Service. Board of Directors for RRCS. Chaplain coordinator for the Montgomery Co Sheriff’s Office

Occupation: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office since 2001. Currently works as a Crime Scene Investigator and serves as the Chaplain Liaison for the MCSO

Education / Training / Experience: Graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1980, Montgomery, Ala, Served with the Montgomery Police Dept for 20 years (1981 – 2001) before retirement.

Certified as a Law Enforcement chaplain through ICPC in 2007.

Certified as a Fire Fighter chaplain in 2019

Awards, Recognition by professional organizations, military etc:

Graduated Montgomery Police Academy June 1983.

February 2010, Published a book, “It’s More Than Shootouts and Car Chases, Memoirs of a Montgomery Police Officer.”

National Sheriff’s Association – 2018 National Chaplain of the Year

November 2019, Published 2nd book (novel)  “Secret of Winter Place.”

November 2020 – “Seeking Revenge,” is a Christian based police crime novel. Available on Amazon or a Stephenzsmith.com

Hobbies: Alabama Football, coin collecting, law enforcement patch collecting, writing

Clubs and Organizations: Member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), International Association of Identification (IAI), started the Cops for Christ program in Montgomery, Ala in 1992

Family Life: Married to Nancy M Smith since 2007 and has two daughters, Stacy and Kelly.

Church you attend: Thorington Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, Ala. Has taught youth Sunday school for over 30 years and serves as the mission team coordinator known as Mission Builders.

Favorite scripture: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding ; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will guide your path,” Proverbs 3:5-6

Why I chose to be a chaplain: I have served in Law Enforcement since 2001 and I have seen first hand the stress it takes on the men and women who serve. I feel the Lord has led me to be a chaplain to minister to these men and women who risk their lives each and everyday to keep my family safe.