Local police chaplain answers the call
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) - Local minister and police chaplain John Woodrow wears two types of uniforms, but he always has the same message.
"The chaplain thing, I believe it was another God moment," said Woodrow.
That's because he didn't start out to be a police chaplain. In fact, he never even intended to be a minister.
"It wasn't even in the top 200. All of my education except for my final year was geared towards clinical psychology," he explained.
After 20 years in the Canadian military, Woodrow began to contemplate his next move. He says he got he got advice from a very wise man.
"He asked, 'What would you like to do the rest of your life?'" Woodrow said. "And I said, 'Well, I'd like to talk to people about where God is in crisis.' He said, 'You want to be a church minister, not a psychologist.'"
That started Woodrow on a road to becoming an ordained Methodist minister. While serving at a church in Geneva, Alabama he got another call.
"An F-4 tornado touched down in Enterprise, which was north of us. There were nine people killed including eight children, eight students," said Woodrow.