Meet the Chaplains
Anthony David Portero Paff began serving as a Chaplain for the Council Bluffs Police Department in the early 1990's. He came to serve St. John's United Church of Christ in Council Bluffs in 1989. Ordained in 1983, he served churches in western North Dakota. A Master of Divinity graduate of the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley California, Tony received a Master's Degree in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University and a Doctorate from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Married to Maria Aurora, Tony and his wife have two children, a sixteen year old daughter and a twenty year old son. Tony is also fluent in Spanish. Tony has also served in the community as a hospital chaplain and president of the Council Bluffs Ministerial Association.
Chaplain D. Stuck
Dan Stuck joined the Council Bluffs Police Chaplain Corp in May of 2009. He is currently Sr. Pastor and founder of Community In Action Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational ministry that has a monthly outreach into the community. Pastor Dan is also the Chaplain at Maher-Livingston Funeral Home and is a member of the Council Bluffs Police Chiefs Citizens Advisory Board.
He began his ministry in Colorado Springs, Co. where he was a youth Pastor and school administer for a Christian Academy. From 1988 to 1992 he served as Sr. Pastor in Grand Jct. Co. with Church of God. Dan has completed his ministerial studies through Messenger Collage with the PCG out of Joplin, Missouri. In 1992 he and his wife moved to Council Bluffs to be closer to his wife's family. Dan attended Victory Fellowship Church for many years and served as associate Pastor and later as District Bishop.
Chaplain K. Sewing
Rev. Ken Sewing joined the Council Bluffs Police Chaplain Corp in July, 2009. He was first called to the ministry and ordained in 1979 and is an Evangelist in the Community of Christ Church. His home congregation is CoC Central Congregation in Council Bluffs. His responsibilities as an Evangelist have included assisting in bringing Evangelist ministry to 26 Community of Christ congregations in Western Iowa, Eastern Nebraska, Southeastern South Dakota and other locales as requested.
In the past 37 years Rev. Sewing's assignments have included, youth ministry, home ministry, hospital visitation ministry, congregation pastor, administration, and adult education in addition to an emphasis on family ministry and missionary outreach. His current ministry, in addition to serving as a volunteer Police Chaplain, is focused on individual and family spiritual enrichment and growth. Rev. Sewing's father was a Council Bluffs police officer in the late 1930s and early 1940s. His son is a veteran police officer in Iowa.
Chaplain J. Saathoff
Jeffrey “Lynn” Saathoff has been a great addition to our Chaplain Corps when he started volunteering in 2018. He grew up in Carter Lake, Iowa and attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He worked for Omaha Ambulance Service for 38 years and also worked in our Police Records office. He attends First Christian Church and knows many of the officers very well. He and his wife volunteer regularly for the community and he enjoys serving our community.
Chaplain J. Doering
“Ward” Doering came to our department in 2019 as a transfer from the Omaha Police Department Chaplain Unit. He was a Chaplain with OPD for nine years, but lives in Iowa with his wife and wanted to do something closer to home. When he was sworn in, Chaplain Doering told us “As a minister, I’ve always been involved in non-traditional ministry. I was president of the Omaha chapter of the Christian Motorcycles Association and after six-and-a-half years as a military policeman, [becoming] a police chaplain just seemed like a perfect fit that combined my love for God and my respect for law enforcement.”