The North Wildwood Police Department is proud to announce the upcoming appointments of Reverend
Deborah Moore and Father R. Nicholas Rafael II as Police Chaplains for our organization.
Reverend Deborah Moore is a Christian Non-Denominational Ordained Minister, the founder and Pastor
of Living Waters Veterans Memorial Chapel in Wildwood and founder and President of Deb Moore
Ministries. She has been serving as acting Police Chaplain with the North Wildwood Police Department
since 2019 and is the founder and officiant at Sunrise on Sunday and Flags of Liberty events in North
Wildwood. Reverend Moore also serves as Chaplain for VFW Post 9045, CVAC, ACRSD and Cape
Father R. Nicholas Rafael II is Pastor of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in North Wildwood. He
enrolled In St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 1992, was ordained to the Diaconate in 1995
and the Holy Priesthood in 1996. Father Rafael II was sworn in as Chaplain to the Port Authority of
NY/NJ in 2012 and has served them since at Ground Zero, NY/NJ airports and all 9/11 events. He is also
a United States Army and United States Air Force veteran.
The appointments will take place during the City of North Wildwood Council Meeting on Tuesday, April
5, 2022 at 5:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.
North Wildwood Police Department – Newly Created Role – Police Chaplains
Information per Public Ordinance No 1871
North Wildwood – Background – Members of North Wildwood City Council will make history Tuesday
April 5 th at 5pm at City Hall when they establish an ordinance with enthusiastic endorsement to create a
Police Chaplain position for their Police Department. The position will be a volunteer unranked role
serving under the direction of the Chief of Police. The Police Chaplain role was initiated with the
foresight of Chief John Stevenson and Mayor Patrick Rosenello.
Ordinance No 1871 provides for one or two appointed Police Chaplains who must be Ordained Clergy
members in good standing. Police Chaplains are required to be formally trained, certified, with full
background checks and rigorous requirements of a formal application. They must be credentialed in
accordance with North Wildwood Police Department rules and regulations. The duties of the Chaplain
include, but are not limited to, assisting the Police Department in death notifications, station house
adjustments, and any other duties that may be assigned by the Chief of Police.