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Cpl. Nathan Pagel
Helping pastors and church members deal with domestic violence issues more effectively is the goal of a sheriff’s corporal who developed a presentation about domestic violence dynamics based on Biblical terms.

Cpl. Nathan Pagel is the son of Church of Christ preacher Wayne Pagel, who retired after 40 years of service in Giles County. The corporal teaches classes about the dynamics of domestic violence at the sheriff’s office.

Pagel hopes his experiences will help pastors and church members better address domestic violence and help domestic violence victims who might be reached by the church.

“I felt like people (pastors and church members) needed more education” beyond recommendations of counseling, prayer and advice to stay together and work out problems, the corporal said.

“I developed a 30-minute presentation about laws and dynamics and what church members can do to help somebody,” Pagel said.

The Power Point presentation covers state law and explains the legal aspects, general dynamics and power and control used by abusers.

Abusers may sometimes justify their actions through religious terms such as women must be submissive to their wives, he explained. Pagel counters the actions by responding through Biblical terms how husbands are supposed to honor their wives like Jesus Christ honored the church.

The presentation is geared to children ages 12 and above and adults.

Pagel gave the first presentation at his church, Rockvale Church of Christ whose members were receptive.

Ministers who are interested in having Pagel give the presentation at church may contact Pagel by voice mail at 904-3058, extension 4167, or through email at npagel@rutherfordcounty.org. He will conduct the class for free while off duty during Sunday or Wednesday night services.

“I feel really motivated to do this,” Pagel said.
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January 09, 2009 at 5:02pm
Please correct the "women must be submissive to their WIVES" misquote. That's not in the Bible.
January 09, 2009 at 8:53pm
I think his intetions are good and I hope he reaches thousands of people with his message, because God knows domestic violence is a horrible thing, but .... he really shouldn't be using the government email or phone to promote a religious message. It could potentially ruin his whole program with lawsuits, etc.
January 10, 2009 at 9:09am
Attagirl...the religion portion was a reference to him, not the program. The program is for churches, because people come to churches seeking help in abusive relationships. Perhaps you should reread it...it said the program is an overview of LAWS and DYNAMICS of DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, no where did it say a sermon and last time I checked LAWS weren't religious. Church members have violence in their lives, just as others do, lest we forget the Winkler case. Church members (and everyone else really) need to know how to give assistance beyond a prayer group and a pat on the back. He's doing this as a service of the Sheriff's dept. and you want him to use him home phone, are you completely insane? What moron would post their private phone
number(s)on a public website? If he's doing this thru the department, he should use the department e-mail/phone numbers. You,(assuming you do work) wouldn't give out your home phone number to a client who could call you 24/7 at their whim disrupting your life without concern, why should anyone else?
On another note, the above mentioned Bible reference is mentioned in two locations therein. Men could take the verses out of context to mean their wives should literally submit to whatever they want, whenever they want. To those who actually know and study the Bible, read the verse(s) for what they mean, not what someone could construe them to mean.
And, the verses if anyone wants to check are:
Colossians 3:18 and Ephesians 5:22
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