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Chaplain of the Year

2015 Chaplain of the Year

Chaplain Gregory Clayton

Orange County, Florida


Chaplain Clayton became a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains Unit in October 2009. The unit consists of 32 volunteer chaplains from various religious backgrounds, who respond to calls when needed. In addition to his hundreds of selfless hours volunteering with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Chaplain Clayton is the pastor of Open Door Ministries of Orlando. He has been ministering/pastoring for over 20 years.

Chaplain Clayton is proactive and vigilant when it comes to his duties. His unit receives over 80 requests for service a year from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the community.  When a chaplain is requested, he is always one of the first to respond.

Chaplain Clayton tirelessly volunteered over 650 hours in 2014 to assist with agency employee funerals, hospital and home visits, serious line of duty injuries, ceremonies, and invocations. He continues to serve families in need long after the services are over. He attended the required training and received the Florida Attorney General’s Victim Services Practitioner Designation.

Chaplain Clayton has volunteered many hours at community events such as the Rescue Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, 40 Days of Prayer, National Night Out, Annual Faith Based Breakfast, the Orange County Sh

This award recognizes a chaplain who has made outstanding contributions to law enforcement and his/her agency or who had demonstrated conspicuous excellence in the performance of his/her duties. This award is sponsored by GTL.


Previous Winners

1998   Norman E. Mitchell - Cumberland County, NC

1999   Chaplain Mary Perry - Troy, OH

2000   Chaplain Ed Stelle - Multnomah County, OR

2001   Sheriff Timothy A. Hawsey - Escambia County, AL

2002   Chaplain Harold Ellis - Bell County, TX

2003   Chaplain Michael Taylor - Rowan County, NC

2004   Father Dennis J. Hayes - Onondaga County, NY

2005   Chaplain L. Gale Lyon - Knox County, TN

2006   Chaplain Ron McMurray - Whitman County, WA

2007   Bishop Doctor Michael J. Love - McHenry County, IL

2008   Chaplain Robert "Bob" Whithford - Lake County, FL

2009   Dr. Glenn Davis - Forsyth County, NC

2010   Chaplain Gerald Bills - Whitley County, IN

2011   Pastor Phillip A. Green - Genesee County, NY

2012   Reverend Tim Eldred - Rutherford County, TN

2013   Pastor Chuck Kish - Cumberland County, PA

2014  Sergeant Brian Boyer - Berks County, PA