Retiring Mount Pleasant Police Chief Harry Sewell will become the new deputy senior chaplain at the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, the organization announced today.

Sewell is stepping down at the town’s top cop on Dec. 31 and will assume his new duties at the chaplaincy the following day, according to a news release. In leaving law enforcement, Sewell said he wanted to pursue service in the Christian ministry, saying he desires “to serve [his] Lord, Jesus Christ.”

In his new role, Sewell will enhance the chaplaincy’s mission of providing a calming, trusted “ministry of presence” during crisis situations throughout the Lowcountry, the organization stated. Sewell takes over for Chaplain Eddie Driggers, who was recently named North Charleston’s new police chief. Driggers replaces Jon Zumalt, who is retiring in January.

A press conference on Sewell’s new position be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. Sewell, who announced his retirement as police chief last week, served for 22 years on the police force. He became police chief in Mt. Pleasant in 2007 after serving periodically as acting chief for three years.

Sewell joined the police department in 1990. Prior to that, he served for two years with the State Ports Authority police.

Founded in 1990 by the Rev. Rob Dewey, the chaplaincy is a non-profit organization that works closely with first-responder agencies in the Charleston area to provide assistance during emergency situations.