Wednesday, July 21

Vigilance: Seminar Speakers

William S. Carcara
William Carcara is a 30 year law enforcement veteran who retired in 2002 from his post of Chief of Police for 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, Carcara earned the American Society for Industrial Security’s prestigious Certified Protection Professional (CPP) status and initiated and developed ACPI’s church security project. He has instructed hundreds of law enforcement and church leaders throughout the United States and Canada about the various issues surrounding church crime prevention. 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.
He has a master of science degree from the University of Louisville and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
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.
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 at
Colorado Springs, Co., 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 was directly involved in the recovery efforts for both incidents.
Brian Gallagher
Brian Gallagher has worked in the fields of law enforcement, fire/rescue and medical emergency services for over the last decade. These positions have included jobs with private corporations, as well as, local, state and federal governments. He is currently employed in Washington, D.C., by the United States Secret Service. Brian has a passion for the topic of church safety and security and is working hard to make a difference for churches and pastors across the country. He is currently in the process of completing his first book on this topic. Brian is a member of Sovereign Grace Ministries and has a specialty for directing security for national conferences. Conferences include “Together for the Gospel” and “NEXT” (formally known as New Attitude).
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.
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.
Adam Houghton
Adam Houghton was a police officer serving in the Louisville area for over 20 years. He was the primary firearms instructor for the Jefferson County Police department. Additionally he served as the head defensive tactics instructor, fitness instructor and basic academy drill instructor. Adam served as a member of the Jefferson County Police Departments SWAT team and later the Louisville Metro Police Departments SWAT team after a merger of the departments. Adam was the primary point operator for 12 years and served as the team’s tactical commander for another six years. Adam has instructed police officers throughout the region in shooting, active shooter tactics, defensive tactics, fitness and swat tactics.
Adam currently resides with his family in northwest Montana and works at the Pinehaven Christian Children’s ranch teaching physical education and health to kids in need.
Tommy L. Ishmael
Tommy L. Ishmael is an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) program manager for the United States Air Force at Scott AFB in Illinois. He is a bomb disposal expert by trade with over 32 years of bomb disposal and emergency management experience. He has extensive training in disarming nuclear weapons, biological and chemical ordnances, and homemade and terrorist bombs. He advises the U.S. military on bomb threats, disaster preparedness and vulnerability assessment issues and provides technical advice to local, state and federal authorities at all levels. Tommy is enrolled in the Southern Seminary master of arts in theological studies (MATS) program, he has a bachelor of science in Business Administration, an associate of science in Disaster Preparedness and an associate of science in Aircraft Armament Systems. His church home is First Baptist Church of Maryville, Ill., where he has previously served as the security program director. Tommy now volunteers as a security technical advisor to his church security team and works in defense for pastoral and altar security. He is married to Robin Birdwell Ishmael and enjoys camping, hunting, fishing and his church family.
Robert Klamser
Robert Klamser is the co-founder and executive director of Crisis Consulting International, a non-profit organization that provides security and crisis management services to the missionary, humanitarian and NGO communities. He retired from a 23 year law enforcement career in 1994. During that career he held a wide range of responsibilities, including command of a criminal investigation unit, command of a hostage negotiation team and command of the operations section of a municipal government’s emergency operations center. In addition to his responsibilities with Crisis Consulting International, he has served as the missions pastor and administrator of a large southern California church. Robert also serves on the Professional Services Network of the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies. He is a frequent conference and workshop speaker and has appeared as an expert commentator and as a technical consultant on several major television networks. He and his wife, a retired police officer, reside in southern California.
Heath Lambert
Heath Lambert joined the faculty at Boyce College after six years in the pastoral ministry. Heath’s passion is to equip future church leaders to be Christ-exalting ministers of the Word of God. In his teaching Heath wants to foster a zeal to preach God’s Word, counsel God’s Word and live God’s Word. Heath currently is the chairman of the department of biblical counseling at Boyce College and serves as a pastor at his church. Heath and his wife, Lauren, have two children; a son, Carson, and a daughter, Chloe. They are expecting their third child —a boy — in June.
Scott La Rue
Scott La Rue has been on the Los Angeles Fire Department for 10 years and currently serves as a firefighter/ paramedic assigned to a Battalion Command Team in Hollywood, mitigating mass casualty incidents, major emergency fires and high profile preplanned events. Scott’s career with the Los Angeles Fire Department came on the heels of five years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department and Simi Valley Police Department. His work in law enforcement has given him practical experience in a large church security program, executive protection, crisis management and protection in handling the offering, all of which he did as a deacon at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Calif. Certified as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) instructor as well as a member of a Federal Incident Management Team, Scott manages the communications for large wildfires and natural disasters, including teaching incident management. As a California state licensed paramedic, Scott uses his skills in building and implementing medical plans for major incidents. Scott serves as a medical staff member and usher at Placerita Baptist Church and resides in Santa Clarita with his wife and two children.
Jeff Laster
Jeff Laster is minister to adults at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX. He has been on staff at Wedgwood Baptist Church for eight years in his current position. Jeff has also served as facilities manager for over four years while attending Southwestern Seminary. He received his undergraduate degree in Christian Education from Southwestern in 2000 and his master of arts in Christian Education from Southwestern in 2001. Currently Jeff is working on his doctorate of Educational Ministries at Southwestern with a concentration in Leadership. His dissertation is focused on church security.
Roger Mason
Roger Mason has 27 years of law enforcement experience in southern California. He retired as lieutenant with the Burbank Police Department. For the past five years he has worked in the field of emergency management and is the vice president of LEC Management. His professional education includes a masters of Public Administration and a doctorate in Management and Decision Sciences.
Ted Matthews
Ted Matthews is recently retired after 30 years of service with the Los Angeles Police Department. Ted’s last assignment was as the detective commanding officer for Foothill Area, LAPD. During his tenure with the LAPD he provided security for athletes during the 1984 Olympics, provided security the Pope’s visit in 1987 as well as supervised response teams during the 1992 LA riots. Has been a department training coordinator and worked in internal affairs during the Rampart Scandal and several other high profile cases. He has supervised several specialized units that were first responders to various violent felons and crimes. He holds a masters degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is a professor at ITT Tech in the Criminal Justice Department. He is a member and deacon of Grace Community Church, Pastor John MacArthur’s church in California.. He serves on the church security team and is one of the teachers of a home and men’s bible study.
David O. Middlebrook
David O. Middlebrook is licensed to practice law in Texas, Colorado and the District of Columbia, and his practice emphasis is focused on representing tax-exempt organizations. His clients include all types of charitable, religious and educational organizations. Many nonprofit organizations retain David as general counsel; others use his services as special nonprofit corporate counsel. David graduated with honors with a bachelor of science in Business Management in 1985 and earned his law degree in 1989 from Southern Methodist University. He is also certified in risk management for churches and Christian schools by the University of Cambridge. David has authored and published numerous articles on nonprofit topics and is a frequent speaker on church legal subjects at conferences and seminars. He is the author of “The Guardian System,” a comprehensive system for the prevention of child abuse within an organization, for which he was awarded a 2001 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion book award in recognition of excellence in evangelical Christian literature. He co-authored “Nonprofit Law for Religious Organizations: Essential Questions and Answers,” which is a response to the need for guidance, direction and clarification of legal and tax laws affecting churches and other religious organizations.
Bob Perkins
Bob Perkins has been married to Cheryl and has five children and eight grandchildren. After college, Bob spent 23 years in law enforcement. During his career he spent approximately 15 years as a detective in narcotics and general investigations. In 2000 he retired as a uniform sergeant. Currently, Bob serves as chief of safety and security at Southern Seminary. He is a deacon at Simpsonville Baptist Church and is active in Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief and other mission projects. Bob also teaches church safety and security through the Kentucky Baptist Conventions, Men on Mission Department. His program can be found at Safety and Security Training
David Roward
David Roward is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a bachelor of arts in Slavic Languages and Literature. He has been a law enforcement professional for the past 25 years, gaining a vast array of experiences in the field. He began his career with the United States Naval Investigative Service conducting counter-intelligence and narcotics operations and investigating general felony crimes involving the Navy and Marine Corps. He later joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and spent over six years investigating and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. David was a tactical team member and a certified instructor in firearms, tactics and defensive tactics with DEA. In 1995, David joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). During his career with the LAPD, David was assigned as a patrol officer, training officer, sergeant and detective in the areas of special problems units, anti-gang operations, street level narcotics and detective positions in auto theft and organized crime. David is a member of the volunteer security team at his church.
Michael Simpson
Michael Simpson served nearly 30 years with the Jefferson County (Ky) Police Department retiring as deputy chief of police. During his career, he served in various aspects of the department including training director. He initiated numerous policies and procedures within the department that brought it into state accreditation status.
Mike has been a guest training speaker at national and international seminars and represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky for two terms on the board of directors of the Regional Organized Crime Information Center. Since his retirement, Mike has contracted with local jurisdictions in investigations involving internal policy violations and has served as a consultant for the American Crime Prevention Institute.
Mike has been a member of his local Methodist church for over 35 years and has had leadership roles in committees ranging from staff parish and trustees to the administrative council. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Education from Tennessee Tech. and a master of science degree in Community Development from the University of Louisville.
Trevor Wallis
Trevor Wallis is the vice president of Campus Technology at Southern Seminary. He oversees all the technology services of the institution from database management to network services, web sites and telecommunications. Trevor has an extensive background in technology services with experience ranging from the newspaper industry to many years in higher education technology. He has a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Oregon as well an M.Div. degree from The Master’s Seminary, along with additional graduate studies in Computer Security from the University of Idaho. Along with serving in technology fields, Trevor has served as a pastor in Washington and Montana. Trevor and his wife Carolyn have five children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Trevor enjoys traveling, biking and spending time with his family.
Raoul L. Williams
Raoul Williams began his career with United States Probation system in 1988, after serving as probation and parole officer for the state of Missouri for six years. In 1998, he was promoted to senior U.S. probation officer specializing in gangs, organized crime and terrorism. He was an assistant firearms instructor from 1994 until 2002. In 2000, he became of a member of the Special Offender Supervision Team, which is responsible for the supervision of violent, high-risk federal offenders. He is the team leader for Eastern District of Missouri’s Special Response Team. He is currently a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Joint Terrorism Task Force, the United States Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council for the Eastern District of Missouri, the Missouri Domestic Terrorism Intelligence Work Group, the Midwest Cycle Intelligence Organization and Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Eastern District of Missouri. Raoul is certified by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Department Natural Resources to process clandestine methamphetamine laboratories. He is a specialist instructor with the Missouri Department of Public Safety and provides training to the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Academy and numerous other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Raoul and his family attend New Community Church in Wildwood, Missouri. He is the chairman of the New Community Church Safety and Security Committee and a member of the men’s ministry.
Clark Wright
Clark Wright, PHR, a Talent Acquisition Specialist since 2001 with LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN, is responsible for the recruitment and selection of professional level employees in its technology and retail divisions. He is a graduate of Memphis State University (B.A. Journalism), University of Arkansas (M.S. Operations Management), and Western Kentucky University (M.B.A.). Prior to joining LifeWay, Clark was a Logistics Manager and Field Human Resources Consultant with Ryder, Inc., in Memphis, TN, for more than 10 years.
Clark, his wife, Kecia and their two daughters reside in Hendersonville, TN.


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