Jim Bontrager is the Senior Chaplain with the Elkhart, IN Police Department and founder of Warrior on the Wall Ministries. A United States Marine, Jim understands warriors and is firmly convinced that they WILL walk in victory as they look to God for wisdom, strength, and power. Jim speaks at Law Enforcement conferences, retreats and conducts LE/ Chaplain training around the country.
He holds his Master Chaplain credentials with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and serves as their Indiana State Representative. He is a certified law enforcement instructor with the State of Indiana and the ICPC, and serves full-time as Senior Chaplain with the Elkhart (IN) Police Department. Jim serves as a national board member with the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers USA and spearheads a 24+ year national outreach to strengthen law enforcement families.
He is the 2012 recipient of the Wilbert A. Cunningham Award for excellence in law enforcement chaplaincy (IN) and a 2013 recipient of an Excellence in Leadership Award from Pointman Leadership Institute. He's the the 2016 recipient of the Richard S. Kassel Award and was appointed a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Mike Pence in 2015.
Married to his wife Susie of 30 years, Jim is father of 9 children, aged 14 to 30 yrs. old. He knows what causes it and enjoys it very much!! Ooooohraaah!!
Warrior on the Wall Ministries links arms with others of like mind to bring about the day when law enforcement agencies are filled with emotionally and spiritually whole officers: who continue to do their jobs with excellence, lead their families in righteousness, and bring the presence of God into the darkest of places.
We help equip warriors to triumphant over the powers of darkness, bring hope and peace to the communities they serve and help make beauty out of the ashes of the broken lives they often encounter.
Specializing in innovative programs which include working with new officers and their spouses/significant others, implementing Peer support and Chaplain based training that addresses cynicism, hypervigilance, the reactive nature of the job, challenges to family life, picking up after critical incidents, fatigue, financial issues and understanding the spiritual nature of the challenges many officers face ... Warrior on the Wall Ministries is here to help!
"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none"