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Meet Tim Rupp

Tim Rupp

Law Enforcement Chaplain

Gun-shooting, motorcycle riding, writer who is passionate about sharing the Gospel with law enforcement officers.

I was a career police officer before being called into full-time vocational ministry. In 1983, after four years as an Air Force Security Police Officer, I joined the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) and gave 24 years of dedicated service before retiring in 2007. During my SAPD career, I worked as a patrol officer, homicide detective, patrol sergeant, sex crimes sergeant, police academy supervisor, and internal affairs sergeant-investigator. I continued my law enforcement service as a reserve deputy with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho from 2009-2020.

Before retiring from the SAPD, I was called to pastor in La Vernia, TX, just outside of San Antonio. Following my retirement in 2007, I was called to pastor full-time in Idaho Falls, where I did so until 2020. In 2016, I founded The Strong Blue Line Ministries to reach law enforcement officers with the Gospel. In 2017, I and a group of active and retired police officers planted Cop Church Idaho Falls. In 2020, I cofounded the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Idaho and committed to serving LEOs and their families full-time.

I am an ordained minister and serve as a Law Enforcement Chaplain in SE Idaho. I graduated from Texas State University (Master of Science in Criminal Justice), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education), and Western Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). I have authored several books, including Winning a Gunfight and Suicide is Not an Option. I am married to Sherry and have three children, Christina, Aaron, and Emily, and several grandchildren.