For more information contact:

Pastor Donald Scurry



Pastor Phyllis Scott

General Secretary


            "And seek the peace of the city..."                Jeremiah 29:7

First Responders Clergy Chaplaincy Services Purpose

  • Pastoral presence to respond to neighborhood personal incidents, we offer prayer and listen to concerns of the neighborhood community members.                                                                                                                        
  • We work within programs or ministries already in place and enhance those programs with a team approach.      
  • We bring a variety of skills in counseling, compassion, caring, concerns and grief counseling to the neighborhood community members.                                                                                                                        
  • We look for the 13 signs of community Burn-Out such as chronic fatigue (exhaustion, tiredness) and a sense of the neighborhood being physically run down.                                                                                                           
  • We hold prayer vigils fro neighborhood community members.                                                                                 
  • We have utilized the interfaith community as part of our strategy to address crime and violence; this is part of our comprehensive public safety approach.                                                                                                                         
  • It is the Pastors of Oakland First Responders  firm belief,  that the clergy and their congregations in the neighborhoods have the ability to help prevent crime, by fostering personal responsibility with our communities  in the City of Oakland.                                                                                                                                        
  • We  have heeded the call from the Oakland Police Department to establish a working relationship with their divisions that have been established to assist us in this endeavor, i.e. Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (N.C.P.C.), Neighborhood Watch, City-County Neighborhood Initiative targeting Sobrante Park in East Oakland, The Hoover Historic District in West Oakland, National Night Out, America's Night Against Crime, Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee, Community Summit, Youth Safety, Senior Safety, Festivals and Events, Volunteer In Policing, and Measure Y for a safe Oakland, and the Oakland Community Response and Support Notwork (CRSN).                                                                                                                                                   
  • To give pastors an opportunity that want to be trained and work as chaplains.