NOLANVILLE — Gilbert “GL” Grace recently joined Duane Hampton, minister and city councilman, on the Nolanville Police Department chaplain force. He was introduced to the City Council on Thursday.
Grace, bishop at Balance Believer Ministries in Killeen, has been a pastor for about 17 years and had no concerns about working with law enforcement.
“My focus is to serve all those that protect and serve,” he said. “It’s about being the one that could take the burden and the stress of the job away so they can clearly focus.”
His role as chaplain is very crucial, as police officers constantly have to juggle their careers while putting their lives on the line, he said.
“They’ve got families and they can run into harm at any given time.”
Police Chief Gary Kent said Grace will be a big addition to the department, explaining how officers can go from one extreme call to the next and often handle stress involving fatalities and death.
“It is very important that we always tend to the spiritual side of policing,” Kent said. “It’s important our officers have an outlet and someone they can talk to so that we make sure they don’t walk around harboring different emotions.”
Grace said he looks forward to being part of Nolanville.
“I think it’s going to be a joy working in a growing city.”