Volunteer Chaplain Program

Volunteer Police Chaplain Program

The Ventura Police Department Chaplain Program was established for the purposes of providing spiritual and emotional support to all members of the department, their families, and members of the public.

Members of the Chaplain Program shall fulfill the program’s purpose in the following

  • By serving as a resource for department personnel when dealing with the public in such incidents as accidental deaths, suicides, suicidal subjects, serious accidents, drug and alcohol abuse, and other such situations that may arise.
  • By providing an additional link between the community, other chaplain programs and the Department.
  • By providing counseling, spiritual guidance and insight for department personnel and their families.
  • By being alert to the spiritual and emotional needs of department personnel and their families.
  • By familiarizing themselves with the role of law enforcement in the community

Our Chaplains

Chaplain Ron Mathews, Pastor Jim Sheldon, and Chaplain Sara Mietzner are our current chaplians with Ventura PD.

Chaplain Ron Matthews has served in ministry for over 35 years as pastor and school administrator.  Ron has been with VPD since 2011 and holds a BA in Theology and a Masters in Educational Administration.  

Ron’s ministry in law enforcement began in 2000 with Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and has also served as Sheriff’s Chaplain with Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department.   

Ron holds a number basic and advanced Police Training Certifications specializing in stress management and has also served as a Terrorism Liaison Officer. 






Pastor Jim Sheldon moved to Ventura in January 2011 to help launch Mission Church where he serves as the Executive Pastor.

Before moving to Ventura and going into ministry Jim spent eight years in banking as an Assistant Vice President and Retail Credit Analyst. Prior to moving to Ventura Jim lived in Rockford, IL where he was on the staff at Heartland Community Church and was responsible for leading and developing volunteer teams and helping set the vision and direction for ministry.







Police ChaplainSara Mietzneris a Ventura native, and attended Buena High School and Ventura College.  She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and Azusa Pacific with a Masters in Organizational Leadership.

Sara is a Pastor at Ventura Missionary Church, where she leads the Women’s Ministry programs.  





How to Become a Chaplain with VPD

If you are interested in our Chaplain program the general requirements are:

  • Submit an application which can be found via the following link: Volunteer Police Chaplain
  • Recommendation from church elders, board, or council.
  • Interview with Chaplain Supervisor.
  • Successfully complete an appropriate level background investigation.