A prominent figure that works for the city of College Station wears several hats while doing his job.
The College Station City Marshal holds a variety positions in the community, but he says he doesn’t have to balance all of his jobs on the front line and in the office.
Daily duties for Chadd Harkrider are done with a twist.
You don’t hear it or see it, but it's what keeps Harkrider going.
"I'm constantly praying throughout the day,” said Harkrider.
That practice came with time and experience.
For 15 years the College Station Police Officer was on the front line assisting in high profile murder cases, talking to victims of major crime and being a hostage negotiator.
"Every time something happens, I have to turn to God,” he said.
Harkrider did just that when a man charged with murder had an unusual request.
"The suspect asked me to pray with him. I'll tell you the truth, I didn't want to pray with him, but I did want to again simply honor God,” he said.
Perhaps the biggest move to honor who he calls his savior was when he turned his badge in.
"It was May 27th, 2001 on a Sunday morning when I finally just gave in and said to God that I would do whatever he wanted me to do.”
Detective Harkrider surrendered to ministry. That Tuesday he sold his house and by August his wife and two daughters moved with him from College Station to Springfield Missouri where he enrolled at Baptist Bible College.
After four years he graduated and got a job offer as an associate pastor back home in College Station at the Texas Avenue Baptist Church.
The new position didn't pay all the bills, so he decided to get a second job.
Not only is he the city marshal but part of the hostage negotiation team, volunteer Chaplin and assists in murder investigations with the College Station Police Department.
"Ultimately it is through the grace of God that allows me to get through some of the things that I have seen."
Although all of his job titles test him physically and emotionally, he says he has never once felt overwhelmed. His belief in God is the powerful thread that holds all of his jobs together.
"God has given us the talents and abilities to do certain things and we can serve Him and honor Him even at our jobs. That's why his word gives us advice on how to work, how to deal with our employers, how to deal with our employees. So I think the worse thing we could do is compartmentalize,” he said.
The city marshal not only preaches to hundreds of people at the church, but he also serves as a pastor for weddings.
His message is that no matter how hard the situations may be, the grace of God will get a person through those circumstances.
He says the fact is “we live in a sin-filled world."
And what gives him strength?
"Hope that is within me."
His message is something that you can't see, but it's Harkrider's quest to make sure it's heard.
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