Monday night at midnight Kelley Cradduck will be sworn in as Benton County Sheriff. Shortly after, deputies will be commissioned, followed by the commissioning of the Chaplain Division of the department.

When Kelley ran for sheriff the first time, he asked me to serve has his Chief Chaplain if he won. Ditto the second, and the third time when he was successful in his bid as the county’s chief law enforcement officer. Since his election I have been working with others to put together the BCSO Chaplain team. I am excited that we have a great team ready to work on the law enforcement side. All of the chaplains who served with me recently at RPD are committed to serve the BCSO team, and they all have proven track records as very competent. Additionally, I have asked current BCSO Chaplain Norman Hamby to remain. And Bella Vista Chaplain Bob Box, the only other ICPC Certified Police Chaplain in the county, will be on the team also. Completing the initial team is Chaplain Jo Jones, who has extensive experience in corporate and hospital chaplaincy.

The Chaplain Division will also provide administrative leadership of the Benton County Fire Services chaplain program. Current Siloam Springs Fire Department Chaplain Tim Estes has agreed to serve the Benton County Fire Chaplain ministry. Chief Fire Chaplain Dave Hadsell is actively recruiting others to join the county fire chaplain ministry.

Though I’m excited about the new opportunity at BCSO, I’ll miss my direct involvement at Rogers. To my old friends at RPD and my new friends at BCSO (some of whom are old friends from RPD!), my best wishes to you for a safe, prosperous New Year.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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  1. Jo Jones says:

    I’m happy to be part of this team.

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