Pastor Gordon Boyle (Watersprings Church, Idaho Falls) started a Bible study for law enforcement officers in Idaho Falls. Pastor Gordon is a retired deputy from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office with a heart to reach officers with the gospel and minster to their unique needs. In the summer of 2016 Pastor Tim Rupp (River of Life) started attending the weekly study. The group included retired, former, and active law enforcement officers from city, county, state, military, and federal agencies. After getting to know these officers and hearing their stories, Pastor Tim started thinking about a ministry that would reach and connect with the wider community of officers, their families, and friends in a worship setting.
Pastor Jonathan Parker had such a ministry in Tennessee called Cop Church Chattanooga. Pastor Tim thought about starting a Cop Church in Idaho Falls, but quickly dismissed the thought, believing the Idaho Falls community was too small to support a church narrowly focused to such a small demographic. Then, at the cop Bible study, he heard the heart of an officer who struggled with issues that plagued him since he was a young patrol officer, years earlier.
Pastors Tim and Gordon met and prayed about starting a church for cops. A couple weeks later, they shared the idea with the men from the Bible study and they eagerly supported the concept. Pastor Jonathan Parker was contacted and he promised to support Cop Church Idaho Falls and allow a new church plant to use his logo design and affiliate with Cop Church Chattanooga.
Over the next several weeks Pastor Tim shared the idea with the elders at River of Life Church, and they too enthusiastically supported a new church targeted at police officers and their families. Rev. Jonathan Wiggins, the District Superintendent for the Rocky Mountain District of the Alliance was also contacted, and just like everyone else, he too was very supportive.
In early 2017, a handful of officers and their spouses met and started making plans for the church plant. While the initial feedback is overwhelmingly supportive and encouraging, Pastor Time warns that the Enemy is not happy with the advancement of the Church, hence, your prayers for wisdom and discernment are valued. Please pray for Cop Church Idaho Falls.
Cop Church Idaho Falls is a church plant of River of Life Church and The Alliance.