The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office Chaplains are trained volunteers that respond when situations warrant or upon request. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide spiritual guidance (without regard to religious beliefs, faith, practices or preferences). Serving as a chaplain for law enforcement officers is a called ministry. It is not for every pastor or layperson, but for those who have a heart for the men and women in uniform. Those who are called to protect society are a closed and close-knit family. They face the evils of the world with which the public cannot identify. The chaplain’s role becomes a ministry of presence to let the Sheriff and his staff know that someone cares, someone is there for them without passing judgment and someone is praying for them.
Dr. David Grantham
Dr. David Grantham is a native of Perry, GA. He holds a B.B.A. from Georgia Southern University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was licensed to the ministry in 1994 and ordained as a minister in 1995. Prior to coming to Pinecrest, David served as the Associate Pastor at Centerville First Baptist Church in Centerville, GA from 2002-2015. While at Centerville, he wore a myriad of hats, including Family Pastor, Mission Pastor, Recreational Pastor, Student Pastor & Interim Administrator. Bro. David also previously served as the Student Pastor of First Baptist Church, Cordele, GA as well as on staff at churches in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Bro. David has a passion for missions. He has led numerous mission trips all over the world, most frequently to Brazil, where he also teaches in a seminary which trains local pastors.
David and his wife Christy have been married since 1988 and they have three children - Evan who is a student at Georgia State College & University, Logan who is a student at the University of Georgia and Sara who is a student at Truett-McConnell University. Christy holds an Education degree from Georgia Southwestern State University and is a 3rd grade teacher at the Westfield School.
Dr. Grantham joined the Pinecrest Baptist Church family in April of 2015.
Rev. Jeff Wilson
Rev. Jeff Wilson is a native of Cordele, Ga. He is the eldest of four children. Rev. Wilson was born to Linda Wilson and Roscoe Appling. Rev. Wilson is married to the lovely (former) Jennifer Buford. They have (3) beautiful children Nick, Auyana, and Mia. He is a very diverse individual. His diversity stems from his youth. He and his family lived for a number of years in South Bend, Indiana, home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
He is a graduate of Crisp County High School and went on to receive his higher education from Morris Brown College, where he played football, Albany State College (now University) with a Major in Special Education and Morehouse School of Theology.
Rev. Wilson is also an Army Veteran. He served his country proudly for (8yrs). He fought in the Persian Gulf War in Iraq. It was during that life changing, stressful time in his life, that he realized that God had a major plan for his life. After his College and Military experience, he was hired by the Crisp County Board of Education in 1995. He has been an Educator and Coach for (27yrs). This past season has been a historic one. Rev. Wilson is the only Coach in Crisp County High School history to win Region Championships in two different sports and be named by the Georgia High School Association, Coach of the Year, in two different sports, in the same season. However, his greatest achievement was accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and accepting his call to preach the Gospel. During the Second Annual My Brothers Keepers Award Ceremony, Rev. Wilson received the Excellence in Ministry and Community Leadership Award.
Rev. Wilson is currently employed by the Crisp County Board of Education and Pastors one of the most premier Churches in the United States, the Odum Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Reverend Tar Drazdowski
The Reverend Tar Drazdowski is a native of Falls Church, Virginia. Tar has an M.Div. from the Vancouver School of Theology and Master Degrees in Behavior Disorders, Counseling and Guidance. She has done Post Graduate work in Marriage and Family Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia. Tar is also trained in Crisis Intervention, Emotional Intelligence, and Conflict Resolution.
Tar is currently serving as the Priest-in-Charge at Christ Episcopal Church in Cordele and as the Dean of the Albany Convocation. She has been in ordained ministry since 2006. She has served churches in Valdosta, Georgia and Sidney, Nebraska. Tar’s interest in mission led her to work in the Dominican Republic and in North and South Dakota. Before entering into the ministry, Tar worked in Colquitt County, Cook County, and Lowndes County and Valdosta City schools. She worked with students of all ages in the area of Special Education, Guidance, and as a Behavior Intervention Specialists.
Tar is married to Jim Drazdowski, who is also a retired school teacher. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Tar and Jim have been in Cordele for a little over a year, and they intend to make Crisp County their home.