Our Team & Friends
Rev. Frank C. Ruffatto
Executive Director of P.O.M.
Rev. Frank C. Ruffatto is a LCMS pastor and retired police detective. He joined Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. in 2008 after completing his academic work at the Concordia Seminary and beginning ministry at Point of Grace Lutheran Church in Cornelius, North Carolina.
As a retired police detective, he shares the same passion to serve those who protect and serve us as he had for his prior police service. On January 1, 2010, Rev. Ruffatto was approved by the P.O.M. Board to serve as its new Executive Director.
In 2012, he accepted the call to pastor Redeemer Lutheran Church in Charleston, West Virginia.
Chaplain Ruffatto holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Leo College and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Behavioral Science/Religion) from Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary.
Frank's first wife, Terri, passed away in 2014 from metastatic breast cancer. She was instrumental in the growth and development of P.O.M. in her role as Mission Support Coordinator. The Peace Officer Ministries 5.0 Tactical Edition Bible is dedicated to her memory, and The Terri Ruffatto Memorial Scholarship Fund was chartered in her name.
Frank married Kelli Shell Ruffatto in 2016. He has three children, and makes his home in Charleston, West Virginia.
Rev. Stephen C. "Steve" Lee,
B.A., M. Div.
Founder of P.O.M. & Chaplain
Rev. Lee is a former California peace officer and NIS (now NCIS) federal special agent. As a called and ordained Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod pastor, he founded Peace Officer Ministries, Inc. in 1996 and served as its Executive Director until January 2010. Rev. Lee currently serves as a volunteer Chaplain for P.O.M.
He has served as a volunteer local and federal law enforcement chaplain, and as part of an FBI chaplaincy advisory working group. He currently serves as LCMS Northwest District's Idaho Disaster Response Coordinator, on the LCMS Commission for Ministerial Growth and Support's Professional Church Worker Critical Incident Support Team, and as a disaster response partner to LCMS World Relief and Human Care.
Chaplain Lee is responsible for writing the flagship resources of P.O.M., including a special law enforcement edition Bible with special cover and 96-page introduction, and a book, "Backup on the Beat." Chaplain Lee has ministered on-scene to both victims and emergency workers at major crises including the Focus on the Family hostage crisis, Columbine High School, the "Texas 7," Ground Zero, New Mexico, Southern California and Northern California wildfires, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, the Florida tornados, the Virginia Tech shooting, and the Kirkwood (MO) city hall shooting.
Rev. Lee chaplained the team that recovered the steel-beam cross at Ground Zero, which will be preserved as part of the Ground Zero Memorial. He has donated thousands of P.O.M. Bibles to officers the world over, including Ground Zero responders, military police deploying to the Middle East, and other police agencies and officers affected by critical incidents.
He is ICISF CISM certified, DHS certified, and ICPC Master Chaplain certified. He holds an A.A. Degree in Law Enforcement from West Valley College, a B.A. degree in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theological Seminary. He has been a presenter, guest and speaker in many settings, and his work has been featured in the Lutheran Witness, Christianity Today, Decision Magazine, and other publications. He has received numerous letters of appreciation, including Virginia Tech PD, ATF, Focus on the Family, NYPD Chief Joseph Esposito, and President George W. Bush.
Chaplain Lee has been married for more than 31 years to his wife Elaine. They have four children and three grandchildren.
Kelli S. Ruffatto
Communications and Marketing Manager of P.O.M.
Kelli Ruffatto is a graphic designer and branding consultant. She joined P.O.M in 2015 as a volunteer and helps the organization communicate and promote its key initiatives to support the mission to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, especially peace officers and their families. Along with the executive director, she ensures the mission and voice of the organization is being communicated effectively in all media, especially social media and digital marketing channels. Additionally, she assists the critical incident response team with mission support and communications during times of deployment.
Ruffatto's experience includes more than 25 years of helping organizations accomplish their goals and live out their brand promises, with a special emphasis on non-profit organizations. Presently she is also art manager of Carson-Newman University (Jefferson City, TN) where she works remotely with the University Relations communications team.
Rev. Frank Ruffatto and Kelli were married in January, 2016 and reside in Charleston, WV.
Friends of Peace Officer Ministries
Quick Response Team" (QRT) is led by Rev. Stephen C. "Steve" Lee, a former local and federal law enforcement officer and current chaplain. As the new ministry states, Chaplain Lee and the Quick Response Team will rapidly respond as needed and able to critical incidents both locally and around the country to provide Christian compassion, care and comfort for both victims and first responders. QRT is affiliated with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Burbank, Illinois.