Officer Mark Cross


On Saturday, April 23, 2005, Officer Mark Anthony Cross, a 31-year-old member of APD’s Red Dog unit, was gunned down while questioning a suspect in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood. Mark’s parents, James and Theresa Cross, contacted Dr. Vic Pentz, whom they knew from Peachtree’s television ministry, to participate in the memorial service.

Pentz, whose father was a firefighter, was so moved by this experience and his contact with this “community of warriors” that he talked about them in his sermon the following Sunday. Peachtree members responded by asking, “What can we do to show these men and women how much we appreciate what they do?”

Dr. Pentz and member Taylor Glover suggested funding the gift of a $100,000 life insurance policy for each officer. The policy would cover both on-duty officers, and those working a second job in their capacity as a police officer.

On January 29, 2006, Peachtree Presbyterian Church presented to APD Chief Richard Pennington a 3-year, $100,000 life insurance policy for each officer on the Atlanta police force.

Consider joining the cause in support of this vitally important ministry to our men and women in duty. Your contribution of $100 will cover four officers for one year. Your gift of $1000 will cover 40 officers for a year.

A life insurance policy is a very small “thank you” to these brave servants of our city.

You may write a check to the church, marked “Atlanta Police Fund” in the memo line, and place it in the offering plate or mail it to the church, or you may make a donation by credit card by clicking on the button below.

Peachtree Presbyterian Church
3434 Roswell Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30305