Chaplain Leo

Chaplain Leo Keelan

I have a passion for helping people during difficult times. As a widower and having watched my 20 month old daughter battle a rare cancer, I saw firsthand the importance of having strong emotional and spiritual support. My parents both served in the military and had long civilian careers as a Police Officer and ER Nurse. I have always had a love and respect for uniformed personnel; and enjoyed serving my country in the Army National Guard. My church, Grace Chapel, asked me to be a lead in their outreach Ministry Response Team and through this experience I was led to Responders Resource Center where I completed the Community Chaplain Training Program. I fell in love with Chaplain work and felt a strong calling to become one full time. I joined the non-profit, Public Safety Chaplaincy in late 2021 as a volunteer Chaplain. I currently serve the following groups and agencies, TVF&R, Dundee Fire, McMinnville Police & Fire, Amity Fire, Aurora Fire, Newberg Police Department, Washington County Sheriff Office, SW CISM Team and Oregon Fire Chief Association. Leo Keelan created Hope Chaplain Ministries in January 2022 to answer the call God put onto his heart and the need he saw in his local community