Founder, President and CEO
The Police Chaplain Program
Rev. Gary W. Holden is the Founder, President and CEO of The Police Chaplain Program. Chaplain Holden completed the Law Enforcement Adjunct Instructor Training Program implemented by the U.S. Department Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Office of Training Management.
Chaplain Holden is a member and is trained in Pastoral, Group, Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis, CISM Application with Children and Managing School Crisis: From Theory to Application with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and is an approved instructor. Chaplain Holden was awarded the prestigious Susan E. Hamilton, PHD Award by the ICISF at their World Congress in 2015, for his development of and work with police chaplaincy. Chaplain Holden is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management.
He is a counselor and chaplain with the New Jersey Disaster Response Crisis Counseling (DRCC) Team. Chaplain Holden is a member of the New Jersey Department of Homeland Security Interfaith Advisory Council. He is the Sr. Chaplain of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, a Chaplain with the New Jersey State Police and the Cumberland County NJ Prosecutor's Office. He founded the Public Schools Police Chaplain Resource Program. He served as a chaplain after 911 at Ground Zero in NYC working with the New York City Police and Fire Departments and the Port Authority Police Department. He is also a board member, Senior Chaplain and the Emergency Chaplain Corp. Chairman for The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation in Philadelphia from which he received The Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion award for sacrificial service. Chaplain Holden was also involved in chaplain work with The Battleship New Jersey Museum in Camden, NJ and is a regular speaker at patriotic events and services.
Chaplain Holden has been involved with the professional working group for the New Jersey Resiliency Program from the beginning in 2016, and has contributed to the development of the program. He was involved in teaching at the Resiliency Summit in October 2019. He is a Master Resilience Trainer and coordinates the MRT training for chaplains.