The California Practical Chaplain Association was established for the purpose of recruiting, training and supporting men and women who wish to serve God in various fields of Chaplaincy. The CPCA is a registered non profit corporation in the State of California.

Our primary goal is to interface with both ministerial and secular worlds for the purpose of promoting tolerance and understanding, and to provide professional, trained, and dedicated Chaplains in the work force. We accomplish this by providing training, recognition and certification for working Chaplains in various fields of Chaplaincy.

There are several areas of Chaplaincy. Many people are involved in ministries that are actually Chaplaincy and don’t realize it. They lack 3 things in order to be a Chaplain:

The C.P.C.A. endorses all types of Chaplaincy and recognizes the needs for coverage. Some areas of coverage areā€¦

Collegiate - Fire - Hospice - Hospital - Industrial - Jail & Prison - Military - Motor Cycle - Surfing - Police - Search & Rescue - Sports And Transportation

If you are working in an area of Chaplaincy not listed, please contact us. We will determine if it falls within one of our programs.


Our Chief and Senior Command Staff



Rev. Robert L. Perkins Ph.D. C.P. B.C.E.T.S. - Chief of Chaplains, California Practical Chaplain Association

Rev. Robert L. Perkins Ph.D. is the Executive Director and Chief of Chaplains for the California Practical Chaplain Association. Dr. Perkins is a Clinical Psychophysiologist, Professor, Writer, Educator and Police Chaplain specializing in guiding people to maximize their life to the fullest potential.

Robert is a 14 year law enforcement veteran and former Army Officer. Robert recieved his Master's Degree in Theology in 2002 and became an ordained minister with the United Christian Faith Ministries that same year. Robert continued his education through the University Of Michigan and recieved specialized training and certification as a Police Chaplain through the International Fellowship Of Chaplains. In 2004 Robert received his Doctorate in Practical Chaplaincy/Psychology. Robert's written academic work was published into a textbook entitled "The Practical Guide To Police Chaplaincy" . In 2013 Robert received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychophysiology. He is currently a Professor of Applied Psychophysiology at the College of Certified Psychophysiologists in Anaheim California.

Robert is a Licensed Clinical Psychophysiologists and Board Certified expert in Traumatic Stress and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. He is also a certified P.O.S.T. Instructor in the State of California and Therapist in the area of Sexual Dysfunction & Sexual Addiction. He has served on the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Critical Incident Stress Foundation and the Global Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Robert is the author of several books on the subject of Chaplaincy, Sexual Addiction and Sexual Dysfunction.


Tom Sheltraw - Deputy Chief Of Chaplains,

Tom Sheltraw is the Deputy Chief of Chaplains and Director of First Responder Services of the California Practical Chaplain Association. Deputy Chief Sheltraw recetly completed the Academy Instructor Certification Course and is a P.O.S.T. Certified Instructor in the state of California. He received his Bachelor of Pastoral Care & Counselling in 2019 and is an ordained Police & Fire Chaplain. Deputy Chief Sheltraw is currently working towards is Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychophysiology. Deputy Chief Sheltraw has been an entrepenuer for over 29 years and specializes in business development and strategic planning. He is also the founder and president of a non profit ministry, BBQ House Ministries which specializes in barbecuing for first responders. He has a passion for the wellbeing of others, specifically the first responder world. He is currently one of the Senior Instructors for the P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Chaplain Course as well as the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Certification. He holds many certifications for advanced peer support and crisis intevnetion.


Captain Fritz Dickerson -. Director of Administration and Support Services


Captain Linda Palmer -. Director of Training & Development


Captain Amber Lara -. Director of Dispatch and Communications Services