Wednesday, March 31

Vigilance Church Security Conference - Ronald "Buzz" Horch

Risk Management - Ronald “Buzz” Horch
“Risk Management Fundamentals” will cover the framework and fundamentals of effective security risk management. Topics will include: Preparedness Basics, Roles of Subject Matter Experts and Decision Makers, 5 Strategies to Manage Risk, Smart Hiring, Workplace Violence and Keys to Training.

Bio: Ronald “Buzz” Horch
Ronald “Buzz” Horch has worked as the Contract Project Manager for WSI at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., since 2004. He is responsible for managing security operations in 12 facilities in D.C., Virginia and Maryland. He has over 19 years of criminal justice and human resources experience as a juvenile services counselor, police officer, investigator, safety/security analyst, human resources manager and project manager. Ronald’s education and training includes degrees in political science and music from Central Washington University, U.S. Air Force ROTC - University of Portland, Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and extensive training in workplace violence, background investigations, risk management and employee relations.

Tuesday, March 30

Vigilance Church Security Conference - Bob Heaton

Effective communications for your church or school – Bob Heaton 

What happens when you have a medical emergency at your facility? What if there is a security threat at your school or church. How to coordinate the correct response, both internal and from the appropriate Fire, Law Enforcement, or EMS agency? We will explore what is needed to create and maintain your own dispatch center, whether it is a dedicated staff 24/7 or just a designated person to call 911. Know the information that the 911 dispatchers will be asking for.Listen to real 911 calls. Implement current public safety dispatch and Incident Command concepts into your current operation.

Bio: Bob Heaton

Bob Heaton has a combined total of 18 years in public safety. Bob began his career as an emergency medical technician working on an ambulance in various communities of Los Angeles County, where he was born and raised. In 1998, he transitioned from working in the field to working behind the scenes in dispatch. In 2000, he became a dispatcher for The Los Angeles County Fire Department and then in 2001 transferred to the Ventura County Fire Department where he currently is a shift supervisor in the Regional Fire/Ems Communications Center.

Sunday, March 28

Vigilance Church Security Conference - Michael Boutot

Insurance/Workers Comp – Peter Persuitti and Michael Boutot 

What is adequate insurance? What are the critical factors for determining the best coverage and terms / conditions? How much is it price? How does the adage “you get what you pay for” work here? How does a church evaluate an agent or broker? What is the role of the Finance Council in insurance transactions? How might a church advocate its risk management position with underwriters? What is the impact of a mod study on your workers compensation and why is it important? What does it mean to endow your property & casualty insurance program? What are the advantages of pooling with others? What is a hard market and how does the local church best prepare for that?

Michael Boutot was ordained in December 1983 after graduating from Southwest Baptist University with a bachelor of arts in Bible & Biblical Languages. Michael also attended Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and Birmingham Theological Seminary. In May 2009, he founded the Institute for Church Safety & Risk Management, LLC (ICSARM). He is also the founder of the non-profit group the National Association for the Prevention of Crimes Against Churches or NAPCAC, a group designed to assist churches dealing with the impact of crime against them.
Michael has served on several task forces and organizations for the purpose of standardizing litigation handling and legal billing guidelines. He has published several articles relative to litigation, litigation management and risk management, and is a regular speaker at various insurance and legal conferences across the country. He is a featured writer for the International Risk Management Institute, Inc., serving as an Expert Commentator in the area of litigation management and also church risk management. Michael also manages a Church Risk Management industry session for the Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

Saturday, March 27

vigilance Church Security Conference - Chuck Chadwick

Video surveillance: The Devil's in the Details - Chuck Chadwick 

Video surveillance is the hottest thing in church security market today. From Childcare areas to the Main auditorium churches are jumping on board to take advantage of this great technology. Building “Master Control Rooms" and real -time monitoring of multi-campus sites are among the more sophisticated endeavors. Chuck Chadwick will explain the details that can make you video surveillance system a boon or bust. Lens selection, compression methods, image resolution and frame rates are all explained to give you the extra intel you need when selecting and designing these system.

As founder and president of National Organization of Church Security and Safety Managements, Inc. (NOCSSM), the nation’s oldest and largest church security organization; Chuck Chadwick helps churches of all sizes address the “best practices” of church security. As a provider of church security services to some of the largest churches in the nation through his organization Gatekeepers Security Services, Chuck keeps “in the trenches” of mega-church security. His national church security conferences have been given across the nation with tremendous accolades.

Friday, March 26

vigilance Church Security Conference - Carl Chinn

Ministry Violence Research - Carl Chinn 

Carl Chinn began researching for his book regarding concepts for security at faith-based organizations (A Strong Tower) in 1999. Much of that research has been developing an understanding of common ministry incidents, and considering details of those occurrences in ways that security teams can learn from. As a result his website has been credited by many as being the most comprehensive study of “Deadly Force Incidents at Faith-Based Organizations” available. This presentation is an overview of the findings of that data.

Lightning Strikes Twice (The Story of the Gunman/Hostage Incident at Focus on the Family, May 1996) - Carl Chinn 

This session will be a summary overview of the planning actions prior to, and response actions during two significant attacks on ministries in Colorado Springs. The first occurred on May 2nd, 1996 when a gunman entered Focus on the Family, threatening to blow up the facility and taking hostages. 11 years later, and just 3 1⁄2 miles north another gunman entered New Life Church killing two people in the parking lot before being stopped by effective security efforts in the building. Chinn played a key role in the pre-incident emergency planning at both ministries and was an initial responder in both incidents. Chinn presents on plan development and shares first-hand recounts of those criminal attacks.

Bio: Carl Chinn

Carl Chinn is a consultant, writer and speaker on the subject of security in faith-based organizations. As such he has written many Emergency Action Plans and served on, or managed the teams to operate them. He maintains related information on his website.

Colorado Springs, Colorado is known as the “Evangelical Capital” by those who value that label, as well as many who loathe it. Consequently there have been two significant attacks on ministries there in recent years — the gunman / hostage incident at Focus on the Family in 1996, and the New Life Church shooting in 2007. Carl Chinn was directly involved in both incidents.

Thursday, March 25

Vigilance Church Security Conference

Crime Prevention: Protecting the Church’s Assets - William Carcara

The financial assets of a church transcend the actual monetary value of those assets. Offerings

by church members represent a tangible trust between the congregation and the church. When those funds are misused, stolen, misappropriated or not utilized for the intended purpose, emotional repercussions frequently occur. This can cause the member’s departure from the church body, ministers and staff being investigated, negative publicity for the church and ultimately a damaged reputation.

Cash management begins with the collection of donations from the congregation and concludes with the funds being used for their intended purpose. The first step in developing a financial security policy is to identify how money should be collected, counted, deposited, reported, and audited. Each phase of this process is equally important since each represents an opportunity for theft or misappropriation.

Target Hardening: Physical Security for Churches - William Carcara and Michael Simpson 

“Target Hardening” refers to the strengthening of the security of an individual premise with the goal of reducing or minimizing potential criminal attack, risks, or vulnerabilities. The concept of target hardening does not necessarily imply a fortress or bunker mentality. Simply put, the idea of target hardening is that a strong, visible defense will deter or delay a criminal attack. Target hardening is a means to reduce the opportunity of criminal attack by increasing the effort that a criminal must exert to accomplish his or her goal. The more effort that is expended, the greatertheriskandthegreaterthechancethatthecriminalwillbeapprehended Criminals seek easy targets which minimizes the likelihood of being detected or caught. The more difficult the target, the more likely a potential burglar or thief will pick another property to attack.

Bio: William Carcara

William Carcara is a 30 year law enforcement veteran who retired in 2002 as the Chief of Police of the Jefferson County (KY) Police Department. Before initiating Crime Prevention Training Concepts, Colonel Carcara served as the Assistant Director of the American Crime Prevention Institute (ACPI) for three years.

While the ACPI’s Assistant Director, Colonel Carcara earned the American Society for Industrial Security’s prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) status and initiated and developed ACPI’s church security project. Colonel Carcara has instructed hundreds of law enforcement and church leaders throughout the United States and Canada about the various issues surrounding church crime prevention.

Colonel Carcara has been a guest speaker at the Texas Crime Prevention Officers Association Annual Conference, the Kentucky Crime Prevention Officers Conference, and the National Crime Prevention Council’s National Conference. Colonel Carcara, along with Lt. Colonel Troy Riggs, co-authored an article entitled “What Exactly is Suspicious Behavior” that was published in the winter 2009 edition of the National Association of Church Business Administrators periodical.

Colonel Carcara has a Master of Science degree from the University of Louisville and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy

Wednesday, March 24

Vigilance Conference - Overview

I would like to give credit to all of the hard workers in the Events and Conference Department at Southern Seminary. The website for the Vigilance Church Security Conference is now full of great information and ready for you to view it and register for the upcoming event.

In an effort to point all my readers to this site I am going to take the next week or two to point out many of the highlights from this site. I have already posted information on the Plenary Speakers for the event.

Below is the overview presented for our Conference from

The Shepherd is Vigilant

"In 1 Peter 5:2, the spiritual leader is exhorted to “exercise oversight.” While we rightly see this text as primarily about spiritual oversight, we must also acknowledge that physical oversight is not outside of the spiritual leader’s responsibility. In fact, spiritual leaders must provide a safe environment for worship so that the purpose of the Lord’s church will not be hindered.

In today’s world, the Church has experienced increasing physical opposition and hostility. These challenges are forcing Christian leaders to consider how to react in a biblical manner—fully embracing God’s sovereignty while simultaneously acknowledging and fulfilling their responsibilities as overseers. Because the local church must be faithful to meet together (Heb. 10:25), we must consider the wisdom of proper safety and security measures when assembling in today’s reality.

The Vigilance Conference will equip pastors, leaders, administrators, as well as safety and security staff to think biblically about their role as shepherds and providing for the physical security of their flock.

Southern Seminary invites you to join the top names in safety and security to address crucial topics such as executive protection, risk management, and security systems.

Join us in the faithful pursuit of pastoral Vigilance in today’s world…"

Tuesday, March 23

Federal Agents Join the Fight

PITTSBURG, Calif. -- Federal agents have joined Contra Costa County firefighters to investigate a suspicious fire at a church in Pittsburg...Officials from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives are looking into the fire Saturday morning at the Church of the Living God in the 1100 block of Harbor Street.

Monday, March 22

$200,000 Stolen from Local Church

Fox News - Thirty eight-year-old Crystina Renee Bock faces five years behind bars as part of a plea agreement after admitting Tuesday to stealing more than $200,000 from Compass Bible Church while she worked there, according to

Sunday, March 21

Shot and Killed during Counseling

SEATTLE -- A Washington man accused of shooting his ex-wife to death during a counseling session at a Federal Way church has been charged with first-degree murder...Parsons is accused of killing 38-year-old Carol Parsons on Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in the Seattle suburb.

Saturday, March 20

Vigilance Conference, Part 4


John Cook
www.cookstrategies.comDr. Cook is a government and non-profit consultant with recent experience as a senior government executive. He is an accomplished, skilled visionary leader with a demonstrated ability to develop sound policy and quality programs. He served more than ten years in state and federal government, a decade in higher education administration, and broad expertise in homeland security, emergency management, civil rights and liberties, education, labor, human services, disability and faith-based initiatives. Dr. Cook is highly regarded as a resourceful problem solver with excellent presentation skills and strategic relationships.
He is currently President and CEO of “Cook Strategies LLC,” a Washington, DC area consulting firm. He also serves as Vice-President of the Board of the Directors for the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Church Safety and Risk Management (ICSARM). Previous to his consulting role, Dr. Cook served for eight years as a political appointee in the George W. Bush Administration, serving most recently as Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) and simultaneously designated by President Bush as FEMA’s Small State and Rural Advocate.
Dr. Cook holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration and public policy from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in education administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Baylor University. Active in his church and community, Dr. Cook is leading the “Eye of the Storm” Disaster Relief Team for McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA. He resides with his wife and two young sons in Northern Virginia.

Friday, March 19

vigilance Conference, Part 3


Dan Dumas

Daniel S. Dumas, senior vice president for institutional administration, was born on Aug. 14, 1965, in Augusta, Maine. Dumas earned his bachelor of arts from The Criswell College in Dallas, and later pursued a master of divinity from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, Calif.
Dumas joined the Southern Seminary administration as senior vice president of institutional administration in October 2007. Dumas brought with him a considerable track record of gifted leadership and God-honoring service in local church ministry. Dumas and his family are members of Eastside Community Church, where he serves as one of two founding pastor-teachers. Dumas teaches biannually at the Italian Theological Institute in Sicily, Italy, on the topics of theology, hermeneutics and sermon delivery. He served previously as the executive pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif., and has held posts as college and singles pastor at the Westside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. and at Victory Baptist Church in Dallas.

Dan is a veteran of the United States Navy search and rescue unit. He is married to his partner in ministry, Jane Sawyer Dumas, and they have two sons, Aidan Scott and Elijah Seth.

Thursday, March 18

vigilance Conference, Part 2


Ron Aguiar
Ron has been at Southeast Christian Church for 10 years as Director of Safety & Security, with an additional 10 years spent in public law enforcement and private security.  Ron is a sought-after speaker, consultant to churches, para-church organizations and public law enforcement agencies.

Wednesday, March 17

Vigilance Conference, Part 1

We are getting closer to the Vigilance - Safety and Security Conference which is going to be held in Louisville, KY in July. I am going to take the next few day to highlight some of the Keynote Speakers.


Bob Vernon
Bob Vernon joined the LAPD in 1954.  He studied police science at California State University at Los Angeles and continued his education by receiving an MBA from Pepperdine University.  Bob went on to get an advanced degree at Northwestern University and he graduated from the FBI’s National Executive Institute.

Bob’s 38 year career with the LAPD included assignments in virtually every facet of police work.  He progressed through the ranks culminating in the rank of Assistant Chief of Police (3 star officer) with over ten thousand personnel under his command.

Bob founded Pointman Leadership Institute (PLI) in 1995.  PLI serves the top leadership in over 35 countries worldwide and a host of government and private companies in the USA.  PLI now has offices in South America and Africa as well as the UK.  PLI presents biblically based leadership principles with an optional module that includes the Gospel.

Bob has been married to his wife, Esther Reimer, since 1954.  They have two children and nine grandchildren.

Tuesday, March 16

I'm Back

Wow two weeks went by pretty fast. My hope was to have posts preset for my viewers prior to my departure; however, the job that pays the bills got in the way…

I hope to have multiple pictures to share with you soon. I spent the last two weeks in both Israel and the West Bank. This was an amazing opportunity to walk on the same streets that Jesus did. Seeing first hand the conflict is this part of the Middle East brought a whole new prospective for me on church security.

This is a picture of the Zion Gate, part of the original wall of Jerusalem. Following the theme of this blog - "The Gatekeeper" - it was a great opportunity to see these places first hand.

Wednesday, March 3


Chuck Chadwick runs an organization called The National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management, LLC. I encourage you to take some time to look over his website. Below if a clip from his site on the history of his organization.

"Chuck Chadwick founded Gatekeepers Alliance in January of 2002 as an informal meeting of Security/Facilities Directors from some of the largest churches in the DFW area. Meetings were held to discuss issues/challenges and it was found that regardless of location the issues/challenges were similar.

Chuck's home church (Fellowship Church, Grapevine, TX) grew from 6,000 TWA (Typical worship Attendance) to 22K and then from one location to multi-site. At the height of the organization Chuck directed and multi-jurisdictional task force of some 40 officers composed of Law Enforcement, Private Protection Officer, Security Guards and volunteers.

In 2005 Chuck left full time Church Security Director employment to dedicate his life to Gatekeepers Alliance teaching seminars and putting together “Best Practices” for churches around the nation. The first Church Security Conference was held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano TX in 2005.

Chuck continues to direct the security operations of some of the largest churches in America through Gatekeepers Security Services, LLC. a Texas Corporation."

Tuesday, March 2

Counter Terror Forum

A friend and colleague of mine runs a blog called the "Counter Terror Forum" This is a great website to look at if you are seeking information for current events around the world involving terrorist events.

"This forum will highlight items of interest regarding threats to our national security: terrorism, transnational crime, organized crime, and gangs. The site will also serve to support the law enforcement and intelligence community with open source reporting and analysis. This is a scholarly blog, free of opinion or political views. Your comments that add to this dialogue are welcome!"

Monday, March 1

Travel Notice

I unfortunately will be out of the country for the next two weeks and unable to post. I have done my best to leave you with some information; however, may not be able to update you on any current security events.