Embedded First Responder Chaplaincy


Embedded first-responder chaplains serve fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies, and others


First Responders comprise a large and tightly interwoven family linked with one another across the nation. Collectively, they are our most valuable but also most vulnerable public servants. The many stressors accompanying their unique jobs are life-altering and greatly impact the quality of life for them and their families. First Responders serve and protect us daily, often putting their health and even their lives in peril. Yet the public that relies constantly on their vigilance and skills understand little of the sacrifices they endure for our benefit.

This book shares in depth the work of the Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s First Responder Chaplaincy Program’s (FRCP) team members, who essentially function as First Responders to the First Responders. It includes the FRCP’s history, development, staffing and training, and is a comprehensive, descriptive and quantitative effort to highlight and value its work.

Video from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

FaithHealth’s Chaplain Glenn Davis shares how First Responder Chaplains are deployed as integral, embedded members of emergency response teams.



Meet the Authors

Glenn Davis

Rev. Glenn Davis has served since 2016 as the Chaplain Director of the First Responder Chaplaincy Program (FRCP) in the FaithHealth Division of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist (AHWFB). The FRCP is a one-of-a-kind innovation as a hospital-based, community-focused model of chaplaincy delivering highly proactive, on-scene care to its most valuable and vulnerable public servants and their families.

Prior to moving to AHWFB and developing the FRCP, Chaplain Davis was full-time Chaplain for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) for 27 years, serving as a member of the Command Staff while assisting the FCSO and other local and regional agencies and organizations. Currently, he and his team serve the FCSO as well as many other First Responders and stakeholders in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

The FRCP provides 24/7/365 on-call staff support and crisis intervention for law enforcement, other First Responder groups, and their family members as well as a broad range of survivors-victims-witnesses of crime and other catastrophic events.

Chaplain Davis is an ordained Baptist minister and a graduate of the College of Charleston (BS) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency Program at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Glenn is married to Patti Davis with whom he has a son, daughter, and granddaughter.

Teresa Cutts

Dr. Teresa Cutts completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Health Psychology from the University of Tennessee (UT) College of Medicine in 1987. From 1988 to 1994, she worked as a staff psychologist at Baptist Memorial Hospital. From 1993 to 2001, she was a private practitioner at Memphis Center for Women and Families, with a focus on health psychology. Since 1987, she served as a consultant to the NIH Gastroparesis multi-site consortium.

From 2001 to 2005, she was Director of Program Develop ment at the Church Health Center, a comprehensive, faith-based health program for the under-served. She held a joint clinical appointment in Preventive Medicine and Psychiatry at UT, 2003–2008, University of Memphis’ School of Public Health, 2009–2013, and still holds an appointment at Memphis Theological Seminary. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Capetown’s School of Family Medicine and Public Health and has co-authored/published numerous book chapters and articles.