Gary Evans

  • Founder and CEO of C.A.L.M., Inc.
  • State Police and Fire Chaplain


Chp. Gary Evans has been in the ministry since 1978 and received his ministerial ordination in 1984. He has served in various senior, associate, assistant, and interim pastorates as well as providing pastoral counseling. In 1994, Chp.. Evans additionally received ecclesiastical endorsement as an emergency services chaplain.

Dr. Evans holds respectively a Bachelor's Degree, a Masters Degree, a Ministerial Diploma, and a Doctor of Letters reflective of his work over many years in education, ministry, and community service as an emergency services chaplain. He has received senior certification as a police chaplain; basic and advanced group Critical Incident Stress Management training; basic and advanced Pastoral Crisis Intervention training; Individual Crisis Intervention/Peer Support training; Pastoral and Individual Crisis Interventions instructor certificates; and death notification instructor certification, and CISM: Strategic Planning training.

Mr. Evans has earned the Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress - Diplomate and the Certification in Acute Stress Management as well as the Certified Traumatic Stress Specialist designation. He has also been certified as a Community Emergency Response Team Trainer and Program Manager.

Following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and the flight 587 crash in New York on November 12, 2001, Rev. Evans was called to join the American Airlines Crisis Management Team at JFK International Airport to conduct group and individual crisis interventions for pilots and flight crews. He has also been deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi to provide Critical Incident Stress Management services in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and has provided CISM training to pastors and laity in the Gulf Region.

Mr. Evans is married and has three children.


Workshops, Presentations and Seminar Topics

CISM: Pastoral Crisis Intervention

Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the combination of faith-based resources with the traditional techniques of crisis intervention. This intervention represents a powerful addition to traditional community and organizational psychological support resources. The purpose of this workshop is to assist the participants in learning how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions may be effectively integrated. Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith-based resources in healing should find this course of interest. (14 contact hours; 1.4 General CEUs from UMBC).

Topics include:

  • Psychological Crisis
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
  • Applications of Pastoral Crisis Intervention
  • Pastoral Crisis Assessment
  • The Crisis of Faith
  • Psychological triaging
  • Common Psychological Reactions
  • Mechanisms of Pastoral Crisis Intervention
  • The Role of Religion
  • Practice in Pastoral Crisis Intervention
  • Most Challenging Applications
  • Self Care
  • Defining, Understanding and Treating the Most Common Mental Health Disorders that Affect Children's Functioning.


CISM: Assisting Individuals In Crisis

Crisis intervention is NOT psychotherapy, rather it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first-aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called emotional first-aid. Crisis interventions are typically done individually (one-on-one) or in groups. This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual intervention. The audience for this class includes both emergency services, military, and business/industrial peer support personnel without formal training in mental health, as well as mental health professionals, who desire to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention. Learn how to give emotional "first aid" to people in crisis using a variety of crisis communication techniques including the SAFER-R and Diamond models along with an important Problem Solving technique to empower victims with tools for self help. (14 contact hours; 1.4 General CEUs from UMBC)

Following is a partial list of organizations with whom Gary Evans has interviewed, consulted or trained:

New Jersey Community Resource Center

Calvary Chapels

Valley Forge Christian College

Southern New England District - Assemblies of God

Worldwide Law Enforcement Group

Gloucester County Police Academy

New Jersey CISM Team

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy of Napa, CA

Phoenix Project USA

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Disaster Response

Pastors' Resource Council of Louisiana

Northside Community Church of Atlanta

American Airlines

Ferguson Enterprises Inc.

Numerous Police, Fire and EMS agencies


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