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Division Chaplaincy Program

Chaplain's Letter of Introduction

Chaplain Shirley Marcroft
Shirley Marcroft
State Police Chaplain

It is my privilege to be a resource for you and your families. I am here for you whenever you need me 24/7.  Your contacts and personal conversations with me are strictly confidential.  As your chaplain, I am supportive and respectful of your current place in your faith journey.

My work in chaplaincy began as the police chaplain in Ashland in the early 90’s when Paul Dean was chief.  I currently serve as chaplain for the Campton-Thornton Fire Department, and the Waterville Valley Dept. of Public Safety.  In serving our state, I am a part of the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team, and the NH Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT).  I have accredited training in critical incident stress management for both individuals and groups.

My training and work in ministry happened in mid-life. Prior to the ministry, I worked as a research biologist for one year and as a software engineer for twenty years.

I am an ordained pastor with the American Baptist Churches – USA, a Protestant denomination.  I’ve been serving as a minister for the past eleven years in churches in central and northern New Hampshire.  Since 2001 I have served as the pastor of New Life Church of the White Mountains, which meets in Waterville Valley and Campton.  This is an ABC-USA affiliated church.

My husband and I are natives of New Hampshire and we now make our home in Ashland. For the ten years that my husband, Dave, served in the United States Air Force, we lived in the central and southern United States. Our final military assignment was in Massachusetts, and we are thrilled to have returned to New Hampshire to be close to our families.  We have three married daughters and seven grandchildren, all of whom are under the age of four.  Four of our grandchildren have special needs or disabilities.

One of my areas of specialty has been to provide support for families and care givers for people with special needs.  In addition to facilitating family/caregiver support groups, I am in training to be a volunteer parent advocate to help families work with the special education programs at their schools.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Favorite things: hiking in the mountains, walking on the ocean beach, collecting sand dollars, baking, gardening, watching football & basketball, and helping to create new things.

Favorite music: All kinds.

Favorite movies: “Pay It Forward” and “Pride and Prejudice”

Favorite books: “The Shack” and the Bible

Contact Info

Phone:  (603) 968-7251
Phone (mobile): (603) 630-4777 

PLEASE NOTE: Chaplain Marcroft is available for Division members and families for spiritual and pastoral support. If you require other assistance, please use the State Police directory.

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