Church Safety Training Event

Join us for a one-day workshop providing practical training for churches who want to develop and improve upon a safety and security plan. A team of experts in the field will help your church learn:

  • How to create an emergency and crisis response plan
  • Walk through a safety and security checklist
  • Dealing with unconscious bias
  • How to protect our children
  • Complying with background check laws

Two Dates.
Two Locations.

March 31, 2019
Blue Mountain Academy
2363 Mountain Road
Hamburg, PA

May 5, 2019
Pittsburgh Seventh-day
Adventist Church
4021 Evergreen Road
Pittsburgh, PA

9:00 am-5:00 pm
Lunch provided

Who should attend?

Pastors. Elders.
Deacons. Deaconesses.
Sabbath School Superintendents.
Children’s Ministries Directors.
Safety Directors and team.

Our featured speakers include:

Glen Guyton, M.Ed.
Protecting our Children

Glen Guyton currently serves as executive director for Mennonite Church USA. As an ordained minister, Glen has over 20 years of experience working with youth and children’s ministry at both the congregational and denominational level. Before working in youth ministry, Glen was a certified middle school teacher. He has a BS in Management and a Master’s of Education. In addition to being an advocate for youth and families, Glen also works with organizations looking to improve productivity through innovative leadership and intercultural competency.

Jeanette Harder, Phd.
Protecting our Children

Jeanette Harder has worked in the area of child abuse prevention for more than 20 years and has served as a foster parent, a home visitor to families at risk for child abuse, and a provider of services to women and children escaping domestic violence. Jeanette now works nationwide as a researcher and as a writer and speaker on child abuse prevention, especially in regards to the Amish and Old Order Mennonites. She is the author of the book Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect. She and Allen Hoover are also the authors of a book coming out in 2019, For the Sake of a Child: Love, Safety, and Abuse in our Plain Communities. Jeanette earned her Masters and PhD in Social Work and is a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Scott Rackley, CID Special Agent
Church Security
(Both locations)

Scott Rackley has been in the US Army for 29 years and during this time he has worked in military positions all over the world to include Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Scott has been a Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Special Agent for the past 10 years.  He has been in the following positions as a Senior Enlisted Task Advisor for the DOD Travel Fraud Task Force, Senior Investigator for the Child Pornography Task-Force and has worked on numerous Federal Fusion Cells for multiple criminal investigations. Scott is currently working as the US Army Reserve CID Special Agent for the Fort Myer CID Office in Virginia.  Additionally, in his civilian position he is the US Army Criminal Intelligence Director for the Northeastern United States, based out Fort Myer, Virginia.

Chauna Kaye Pottinger, M.S.
Dealing with Unconscious Bias
(Both locations)

Chauna-Kaye Pottinger serves the Allegheny East Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists, Pine Forge, Pa., as the Risk and Benefits Manager. Because of the initiatives planned and executed by her, the Conference has benefited from a whopping 62% reduction in its loss ratio. She has also received certification in ALICE (an Armed Intruder Response Program) as a training instructor and has led more than 18 training events on armed intruder preparedness. She has presented seminars and workshops on a range of topics including Reducing the Risk of Sexual Misconduct, Pathfinder and Youth Safety, Developing a Robust Safety Management in local churches among others.

Diane Reese
Background Checks
(Both locations)

Diane Reese credits her time served in the military as a young woman with creating her attention to details. It was there she was trained in personnel actions (human resources) in 1984 –a field she has worked in ever since. She worked for the University of Kentucky in the Behavioral Research Department developing training exercises for OSHA to deliver to coal miners, before joining the Pennsylvania Conference team in 2003. She serves as membership clerk and has worked with local churches in completing the Pennsylvania state required background checks for all those who work with children since 2012. As the mother of two young adult women and grandmother of three grandsons, keeping children safe is a priority for her. “I think it is important to do whatever we can to protect children,” she shares.

Register today! Seating limited.