Grace Church Cathedral holds celebration of ministry marking Rev. Rob Dewey's retirement

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Grace Church Cathedral held 'A Celebration of Ministry' for the retired Reverend Rob Dewey.

He's the founder of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, a ministry that provides counseling for first responders, their families and families whose loved ones die unexpectedly. He's been serving on the ministry for nearly the last 30 years.

The pews were packed at the church to honor him.

Tyese Miller is one of countless people Dewey impacted.

"Rev. Dewey had the impact of God because when I lost my son from a murder in 1998 he was one of the first people that called me at home." Miller said.

Tyese Miller, who is a chaplain at the jail, says Dewey is a blessing in the midst of tragedy and not just on day one.

"Over the years he has came to all of the vigils that's for homicide," Dewey said. "Always been there for all of the victims."

In a turn of events, people are coming together to honor him and his legacy as he marks his retirement.

"I saw a need in our community to take God, take Christ to the hurting people outside of the four walls of the churches," Dewey said. "I'm thankful that God allowed me to do it here in this place in this time."

Dewey thanks Sheriff Al Cannon for supporting his vision.

"Rob is just not simply a minister, he has sometimes an uncanny understanding of the law enforcement and first responder culture and knows how to establish relationships," Al Cannon said.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Mayor Joe Riley and others shared remarks on how he's impacted them.

Scott Gardner a former Air Force Chaplin met Dewey when someone he knew needed support.

"He said I'm here to help what can I do and we've had a friendship relationship ever since," Gardner said.

And when death struck in the Gardner family Dewey was also there for him.

"I was going to do a wedding for my nephew and at that very night my son passed away and so Rob took the wedding the next Day," Gardner said

It's stories like this that filled the church.

"God put the idea in my heart and my head it was an honor to be able to be here today to be part of this," Dewey said.

Dewey will remain an Episcopal Priest. He also plans to travel around the nation to help bring Chaplaincy ministries to other areas.

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