Chaplain Ric Worshill

Ric Worshill Is an ordained and licensed minister endorsed and commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), North American Mission Board (NAMB), Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission. He is endorsed by the North American Mission Board as a public safety police chaplain and a disaster relief chaplain. Chaplain Ric has been active in chaplaincy since October 1987. He has served as an associate pastor of a congregation and is now serving in leadership at another congregation. He is ordained in Pastoral Ministries and as a Messianic Rabbi. His local congregational leadership service started in 2001.

Between 1987 and 1998 he volunteered time to serve in another police chaplaincy ministry. Four of those years were as a chaplain in training. The last three were in a leadership role. In 1998 he was sent out to start Police Shomreem Ministries. This is a rapid response, emergency services chaplaincy ministry. Since 1998 he has been able to be more involved in this personal ministry. After starting this ministry, he has been working to learn and grow more useful in service to the Glory of G-d and His Kingdom.

Chaplain Ric has certifications in: ICISF Critical Incident Stress Management; Suicide Prevention; FEMA NIMS and ICS; Compassionate Death Notification; Officer Involved Shooting Debrief; Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplaincy, Recovery and Assessment; SBC Regional NAMB Chaplaincy Trainings; SBC Leadership Trainings; International Conference of Police Region #4 Trainings; among others. He has a total of 458 contact hours of training specifically related to chaplaincy. He has also attended 406.5 contact hours of general ministry training above any educational institution classes. Ric is trained and certified as a “Blue Cap” (Unit Supervisor) for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

Chaplain Ric has also been serving in active duty as a full time police officer since 1984. Eight of those years were as an investigator. Ric served as a gang crimes investigator, a fire, bomb and arson investigator, an evidence technician forensics specialist, an explosion and fire scene photographer, a brethalizer operator and a community policing specialist. Chaplain Ric is an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police, The Illinois Police Association and the Shomrim Society of Illinois. He is also affiliated with and has taught a class for the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Ric has attended over 1900 contact hours of professional police training.

Chaplain Ric is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is also affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention North American Mission Board Chaplaincy Team, the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship and the disaster relief agencies of the Illinois Baptist State Association, the Lake County Baptist Association, the Southern Baptist Convention NAMB Disaster Relief. He has also served with the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, Chicago Metro Division.

Ric has served in chaplaincy during numerous natural disasters like tornados, floods, ice storms, severe storms, wild fires and excessive heat incidents. During Katrina he made notifications to family members, living in the Chicago Metro area, about their relatives who either survived or died during the hurricane and related storms. Ric received the notification information from chaplains who were on the ground in the affected locations. He has also served as a chaplain during numerous critical incidents like civilian shooting incidents, officer involved shootings, sudden death incidents, natural death incidents, serious traffic accidents, fires and incidents of criminal conduct. Most recently he served in chaplaincy during the Chicago NATO Summit, at a Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services, Police Rehab and Refreshment Center. He coordinated the chaplaincy response to the Lake County, IL storm deployment and served in the Reedsburg deployment. Ric is on the call-out lists for chaplaincy at several hospitals. He responds on call to Resurrection St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, Evanston North Shore Hospital in Evanston, IL, and Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. Ric is on the Condell Medical Center, Major Incident Chaplaincy Response Team.

Chaplain Ric is actively working to help other chaplains start their ministries. He is involved in training, mentoring and coaching new chaplains in their ministry pursuits. One of the functions of Police Shomreem Ministries is to help other chaplains find the training resources to build up their chaplaincy tool boxes and improve their ministry effectiveness. On August 16th, 2012 he will be certified to teach SBC Disaster Relief, Operational Stress First Aid.

Ric is married, has two children and seven grandchildren. He serves in chaplaincy with his wife of 39 years. She is also a North American Mission Board endorsed police and disaster relief chaplain.

Ric is also an emergency services amateur radio operator and a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), a national association for amateur radio operators.

Chaplain Ric is the President and Administrative Chaplain of Police Shomreem Ministries. He and his wife started this ministry in October of 1998.