CLEARWATER, SOUTH CAROLINA – From the patrol car to the pulpit. One local law enforcement officer is leaving the force to serve a greater power.
Staff Sergeant Jason Feemster served the community of Aiken for nearly 17 years. He says this month he will retire to answer God’s call and engage Aiken County in a different way.
“God opened up the opportunity for me to go into ministry full-time. so I’ve decided to seize it,” said Aiken County Sheriff’s Office Staff Sergeant Jason Feemster.
In nearly 20 years of working as a law enforcement officer in both Aiken and Richmond County, Staff Sergeant Jason Feemster is trading in his uniform to go into a new role. He will be the Minister of Children and Youth at First Baptist Church in Clearwater, South Carolina. A new chapter that Feemster says is just a continuation of his career as a deputy.
“In my law enforcement career I spent a lot of time working with children and students of all ages and being involved with families throughout that process. God has just continued to put me in the path of working with students and children,” Feemster told WJBF News Channel 6.
The Staff Sergeant says Ministry is something he has always returned to, leaving the sheriff’s office once to go to bible college and help with spiritual leadership at a Detention Center in Arizona. Now that the chance to do God’s work has presented itself again, the Minister says he is looking forward to preaching the word of God, especially to youth.
“And speaking truth to their lives during a world where there is lots of information thrown at you and it’s not always truthful information,” said Feemster.
When Feemster was a Road Deputy he says he primarily worked in the Clearwater area. So returning as a Minister at First Baptist Church was an easy choice, but he still plans to be involved with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
“I’ve asked to come on as the Chaplin for the [Aiken County] Sheriff’s Office. To be one of the guys that volunteers for that. So I look forward to that and I think there’s been a good response with the deputies and all being kind of one of them it gives me an insight,” he said.
With the support of his family Feemster is ready to begin his new life, but says he will miss the strong bonds he has made with other deputies throughout the years and the diversity that comes along with being a member of the law enforcement community.
Staff Sergeant Feemster’s last day with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is May 19th and he will begin working at First Baptist Church of Clearwater that weekend.