000: Welcome to the Watch Your Six Podcast! (Introduction)
Welcome to the introductory episode of the "Watch Your Six" podcast with host Jonathan Parker! In this episode, Jonathan introduces himself, the idea behind the show, and explains how it will impact YOUR life as a police officer, spouse, law enforcement family member, or other first responder.
The “Watch Your Six Podcast” is the weekly podcast that equips YOU, the law enforcement and first responder family, to "watch your six" by protecting the six vulnerable areas of life often left exposed to danger. Those six areas of health and well-being are (1) Mental, (2) Marital - relationships, to include parenting, (3) Muscle - physical, (4) Money, (5) Missional - leadership, current events, and (6) Ministry - spiritual.
Jonathan was raised in Savannah, GA, and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, he moved to Cleveland, TN to complete his graduate studies. He graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Divinity.
Jonathan began working with the Chattanooga Police Department in 2007, and has served on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer in an inner-city high school, and as an adjunct training instructor for multiple agencies. He was twice named “Officer of the Year” for the Chattanooga Police Department, received two life-saving medals – one of those for performing CPR on his wife Meredith who was clinically dead for over 15 minutes after suffering a massive heart attack eight (8) days after the birth of their daughter, and he also received the Tennessee Governor’s Homeland Security Award from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson.
Jonathan, Meredith, and their daughter Olivia are the founding Pastors of Cop Church Chattanooga, a worship gathering for law enforcement families that launched in February 2015.
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