Executive Director

Chaplain Mike Neil

Mike Neil is the President and Founder of the Washington State Chaplain Foundation and served as the Senior Chaplain and founder of the Washington State Patrol and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Police Chaplain program from 2011 until October 2021. He served 30 years as a Fish and Wildlife Officer, 15 years of that as a Police Firearms Instructor, and 16 years during his career as a Police Dog Handler. He is the author and illustrator of an African adventure novel, The MIRACLE of AFRICA and Trees in the Mist. Mike has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1973. In 1981, the couple lost their infant son Ryan, who was born three months premature. In 2006, the Neil’s faith was tested when their 27-year-old daughter, Susanne, died after being struck by a car on her bicycle. Mike ultimately decided to accept his loss as part of God’s plan and use it for a greater purpose. The Neil’s reside in Gig Harbor, Washington where their son James, his wife Heather and their two children also live. James is the Athletic Director for the Tacoma School district. Sue retired in 2015 after 27 years teaching fifth grade in Puyallup.

Assistant Executive Director

Chaplain Tom Jonez

Tom has over thirty years’ experience in business leadership. Currently, as President/CEO of Plumbline Management & Plumbline Media Group, Tom is a strategic management and market expansion consultant, an award-winning video producer, and oversees a growing media services team. He has been retained as a consultant by numerous Pacific Northwest businesses and non-profit organizations to provide full-scale consulting services regarding strategic growth and marketing.  He has also participated as a real estate investor, a non-profit agency director, and has partnered in developing and managing multi-family residential housing.  In 1992 Tom was the CEO of a company that, under his leadership, was listed by INC Magazine on their “INC 500” compilation as the 101st fastest growing company in America. Tom’s background includes extensive experience in developing and overseeing non-profit organizations. He is a member of the Washington State Department of Emergency Management (volunteer) where he serves as a Ham radio communications team member.

Dr. Jonez has a graduate degree in Strategic Leadership, with an undergraduate degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism.  He has also completed national requirements to become a Certified Manager of Community Associations (“CMCA”) and is licensed by the State of Washington as a Real Estate Instructor. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Tom and his wife Faye currently reside in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Senior Chaplain

WSPFC, Robert Grimes




Assistant Senior Chaplain WSPFC, Cherie Grimes

Cherie served in Pierce County, District 1 with the Washington State Patrol and Region 6 with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Cherie, a native of Everett, WA, joined the US Army and deployed both in the US and overseas.

Cherie is retired from law enforcement after 28 years in California.  She worked patrol and finished her career in forensics.  Cherie is married to Bob Grimes, a chaplain for Pierce County Sheriff and Gig Harbor Fire Department.  Bob was a fireman and is a retired police officer from California.  He also retired from the US Army as a Lt. Colonel.
They have three sons, one a sergeant with LAPD, one in college and one living in Arizona.
Hobbies include, flying, bow and pistol shooting and soon to be RV owners.

Cherie said, “It is an honor to give back and serve those still fighting for us.  With GOD’s help I will take my experiences in order help others.

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Statewide Lead Chaplain, Preston Devers

After graduating from Beaverhead County High School in Dillon, Montana, Preston joined the Navy and was stationed on two submarines until he was honorably discharged in 1989. In business for 27 years, Preston is the owner of Inline Northwest LLC, a general contracting company as well as owning Holy Acres Feed Resources, which sells grain and hay for chickens, cows, swine, goats, sheep and horses.
Preston enjoys spending time with his best friend and wife, Theresa. Together they have three sons, one daughter and three grandkids. Their hobbies include golfing, salmon fishing, ATV riding, camping, hiking and other outdoor activities.


Member Chaplains


Chaplain Ken Bailey serves in Kitsap County with the Washington State Patrol. Ken has been married to his wife Bobbi for 50 years. He has been a chaplain in Kitsap County since 2007 serving Poulsbo Fire and Police and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department. Ken has been an ordained pastor since 2004, and is a graduate of the Chaplain Police and Fire Academy in 2007. Bobbi is a Fire Chaplain in Poulsbo and they often go on calls together. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.

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Eiland-DSC_0199Retired Chaplain Flip Eiland has served with Cowlitz County Police, Fire & EMS Chaplaincy since 2008 and is a graduate of the Police & Fire Chaplain Training Academy.  He and his wife Crystal have been married for 44 years.  They have a son and daughter who also live in Longview.  Their son Jason is a police officer for the City of Ridgefield.  They have two grandchildren: Jessie, a student at WSU, and Alex who is in high school.  Flip was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister in 1985 and has served as a bi-vocational pastor in both California and Washington.  He has been an active member of Cowlitz County Search & Rescue since 2003 and is a Chaplain/EMT at Fire District 6 in Castle Rock.  Flip works full time for Georgia Pacific in Oregon.  Email Chaplain Eiland

Grays Harbor County –

Chaplain Jason Williams is licensed with the United Pentecostal Church and is an associate minister at the Olympic Christian Center in McCleary, WA. Jason and his wife, Shawna have been married for 18 years and have 3 children.  Jason works for the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

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Skamania County

HoeffnerChaplain Mark Hoeffner has been married to his wife Janell for 34 years.  Mark has a long history of pastoring CB (Conservative Baptist) churches after graduating from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.  He is currently the Executive Director of CB Northwest, the regional office covering Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska.  Their offices are located in Portland, Oregon.  Mark and his wife have one biological daughter and have adopted six special needs kids.  Mark is currently the Teaching Elder at Grace Church in White Salmon along with his role at CB Northwest. 

Email Chaplain Hoeffner

Island County –

Chaplain Rick Karjalainen has been married to his wife Debi for 40 years.  He has been the senior pastor of Coupeville Community Bible Church for the last 12 years.  He is the supervising chaplain for the Island County Sheriff’s Office where they have eight volunteer chaplains in the county covering all the first responders and the county jail.  Rick and Debi have four grown, married children and have been blessed with 11 grandchildren.  One of their sons is a Professional Firefighter/Paramedic/Arson Investigator for the Port Angeles Fire Department.  Rick spent 10 years as a Professional Firefighter and Fire Marshal. 

King County –


Chaplain Greg Moore is a Chaplain with the Washington State Patrol. He has been married to Kathy for forty years and has three children and four grandchildren. He is licensed by the Foursquare denomination and with his wife Kathy have been active at Northwest Foursquare Church in Federal Way for the past 25 years. Greg is a certified Disaster Relief Responder with Foursquare and a certified Disaster Mental Health Counselor with Red Cross. After a 20 year career as a city planner and a 10 year career with Quadrant Homes Greg and Kathy went back to school and became State of Washington Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and have been in private practice together at Moore Counseling Services in Federal Way since 2011. Greg and Kathy specialize in couples counseling and offer co-counseling. Greg has specialized training with veterans and is a volunteer counselor with the Soldiers Project.

Grant County –

Chaplain Tim Snyder is the senior pastor of the Royal City Church of the Nazarene and works full time for the Washington State Department of Corrections as a chaplain.  Tim and his wife Sena have been married for 27 years. They have three children: one is in college, and two with special needs are still in high school.  Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Northwest Nazarene University in 1984 and received his Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary 1991.  Tim has been a volunteer chaplain with the Royal City Police Department since 1997.Email Chaplain Snyder

 In Loving Memory of Chaplain Frank Gillock in Pacific County

Chaplain Frank Gillock.webFrank Gillock passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in Racine, Wisconsin due to complications from a degenerate lung disease. Frank and his wife Beverly had recently moved to Wisconsin to be close to their son. Frank began his Chaplain service in 2004 with the Coast Guard and began serving the WSP in 2008 in District eight. He also served as an Associate Pastor at Peninsula Baptist Church in Ocean Park. He was a dedicated member of our team and loved the idea of a statewide Chaplain program. Even after his health forced him to retire from Chaplaincy, he continued with the foundation as Chaplain consultant. Frank just turned seventy on April 9th, and is survived by his wife Beverly of 36-years, three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.