Who We Are:
The Child Protection Advisory Team (CPAT)’s primary mission is to provide input and advice pertaining to the safety and protection of the children and teens in our church community. The team accomplishes their mission by:
- Reviewing guidelines and procedures
- Monitoring that these guidelines are being followed
- Serving as a resource for the elders and members when child safety issues arise
- Promoting awareness of child safety issues by hosting seminars and trainings
Please contact us below if you would like to receive a free training on abuse awareness or if you are interested in joining the team.
To provide the elders and members of RGC with input and advice pertaining to child safety and protection issues.
CPAT members serve under the direction of the elders, as represented by the Executive Pastor. The elders determine the team composition and appoint the CPAT leader.
The team meets 3-4 times per year to review any issues or concerns that the elders identify, and perform periodic reviews of guidelines and practices. The elders may call ad hoc meetings in situations where CPAT input would benefit the church.
Get to know our Deacon of Child Protection, Heather Alexander, in this video!
Meet the rest of our team!
- Alexis Stepler, Social Work Student
- Brenna McCartney, Teacher
- David Falke, Elder over Grace Kids
- Grace Vander Hamm, EMT/Grace Kids Director
- Kara Schmidt, Lawyer
- Mary Collier, Former Intensive Care Coordinator for Youth in Crisis
- SaraJane Strylowski, Church Administrator
- Spencer Collier, County Youth and Family Program Manager
- Vince Hinders, Executive Pastor
Child Protection Resources:
- Security & Child Protection Guidelines
- Here is a list of books and online resources to help you and your children stay safe.
- Did you know April is Child Abuse Prevention Month? In response, MinistrySafe, a screening and training system we use with all our Five15 and Grace Kids volunteers, is providing a FREE training for parents! This two night virtual training is meant to help parents better understand what they can do to protect their children from sexual abuse. Find the class here!