A B O U T
Please join us for two days of training and networking to help you establish or enhance your security and safety teams at your houses of worship. This two-day summit will be beneficial to teams no matter what your experience level is at your church. We’re excited to bring you nationally known experts in their respective fields to provide you with outstanding training. You’ll learn from individuals with decades of combined experience in the field of church safety and security.

This summit is designed for safety and security teams, pastors, board members, church staff, and those Churches who want to create their own Volunteer security team.
Location
Location: Calvary PHX
12612 N Black Cyn Hwy,
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Date & Time
October 26, 2023
7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
October 27, 2023
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Schedule
DAY ONE
Registration, Keynote, Guest Speakers, Lunch, and Breakouts
Current Training Topics: Active Shooter Response, Management of Aggressive Behavior, Medical Trauma Response, Building and Sustaining a Church Safety Team, Monday through Friday Security at Your Church, Suspicious Packages, Mental Health First Aid, Children's Safety 101, Screening Volunteers, Understanding our Society Today and How it Affects Keeping Children Safe in the Ministry Environment, Pastoral Protection, Situational De-escalation, and much more!
DAY TWO
General Session, Guest Speakers, Lunch, Breakouts, and Security Directors Forum
With so many special break-out sessions to choose from, day two allows for further trainings to be attended.
Speakers
Guest speakers are carefully selected and have had first-hand experiences with training and preventing attacks on Churches.
Bob Johnson

Director of Security (Retired); Christ Church of the Valley
For the past 50 years, Mr. Johnson has been actively involved in both public and private sector security. Concurrent with part of this experience, he spent 20 years in the Arizona Army National Guard, reaching the rank of Command Sergeant Major. His military time culminated with his assignment to the Arizona Military Academy overseeing leadership and management training for the State’s Officers and NCOs.

For 10 of his 23 years with the Phoenix Police Department, Bob was a Detective with the Organized Crime Bureau. He became proficient in complex multi-agency investigations, working side by side with the FBI, IRS, Secret Service, DEA, and other agencies to infiltrate and unravel money laundering, narcotics, gambling, prostitution, fraud, murder for hire, and many other state and federal crimes.

In addition to his responsibilities at Christ’s Church of the Valley, he actively assists other churches as they identify, recruit, train, and deploy their safety and security teams. Since 2010, Bob has traveled to the United States conducting safety and security seminars and threat/vulnerability assessments for churches. In more than 200 training events, Bob has instructed more than 15,000 people from all 50 states and Canada. Bob has been married for 46 years and has two children and six grandchildren all living in the Phoenix area.
Mark Fritts

Safety & Security Director, Mission Community Church
Beginning in 2007 Mark was asked to create a safety and security team at Mission Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona. In 2013 Mark was hired as the Director of Safety and Security. Mark now serves as the Operations Pastor at Mission, which includes oversight of the safety and security function within the church. During that time, Mission has grown from a community church with a gathering of 700 worshipers to a congregation of more than 5,000. Mark has instructed extensively in the area of developing and supervising church security and safety teams, emergency preparedness, and threat assessment. Mark is also an instructor in the ALERT active shooter response.

Mark has served as a safety and security consultant with numerous churches but also serves as the security consultant for Gilbert Christian Schools.

Mark served in municipal law enforcement for 21 years, retiring at the rank of Captain from the Hobbs Police Department in New Mexico. After retiring from municipal law enforcement Mark spent the next 15 years serving in a federal law enforcement grant project. His span of responsibility included the management and oversight of field operations including training, computer forensics, audio/ visual forensics, criminal analysis, surveillance, fraud investigations, and investigative support. Mark has been married for 40 years and has three children and five grandchildren.
John San Agustin

FOUNDER OF SAN AGUSTIN CONSULTING AND LECTURING
John will be discussing the Evolution of the Active Shooter Response as it relates to houses of worship. John will present information, case studies, profiles, and the methodology of the active shooter. He has instructed thousands of prosecutors, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, educators, and students from high school to college graduate students in the field of crime scene investigation, high-tech crime, crime scene reconstruction, multiple disciplines of forensic science, legal aspects of forensic science, and interview and interrogation. He worked for approximately seventeen years of law enforcement experience culminating in his career as the commander of the investigation division for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. John has taught for over 14 years at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and has been a guest speaker for numerous homicide conferences in the United States, Canada, and the Mariana Islands. He has frequently been retained in hundreds of cases for criminal and civil attorneys. He has investigated or supervised hundreds of complex case investigations including but not limited to officer-involved shootings, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, forgery, fraud, felony assault, and homicide. He has also been involved in hundreds of death investigations throughout the United States.

Death investigations such as homicide cases for both the prosecution and defense most notably People v. Scott Peterson in California, the Tom Clements assassination, the Columbine High School shooting investigation, and the Jon Benet Ramsey murder.
Bob Brown, Esq.

Church & Ministry Law
Schmitt Schneck Even & Williams
Over his 49-year legal career, Bob’s experience includes work as an insurance defense trial attorney, certified specialist in real estate law, and over 20 years focusing on nonprofit and faith-based organizations.  Through his nonprofit work years, Bob represented secular and faith-based nonprofit entities, including churches, parachurch ministries, synagogues, gurdwaras, human services organizations, rescue missions, summer camps, faith-based schools, and other faith-based and secular charities. He has served as an adjunct professor at Phoenix Seminary teaching classes to pastors on dispute resolution and a semester course on critical legal issues for pastors. He served as Board Chair for Streetlight USA, a local charity that operates a residential rehabilitation facility for teen victims of sex trafficking. He has served as a moderator in the Arizona State Bar’s Mandatory Professionalism Course for many years.

An NRA practical pistol instructor, Arizona Armed Security Guard Instructor, and Arizona Concealed Carry Permit Instructor, Bob served for more than a decade on the City of Phoenix’s Use of Force Review Board and Disciplinary Review Board.  He helped write policies and procedures for armed security on mega-church campuses. He attended handgun, rifle, and defensive shotgun courses at Gunsight, Front Sight, Insight Firearms Training and Development, and Arizona Church Security Training Network, to name a few.
 
A trusted advisor to pastors, business administrators, board members, and committees, Bob assists in identifying risks and implementing appropriate protections for key assets of the organization. He counsels boards and leadership teams on campus development and construction, church planting, entity planning services, risk management, real estate & asset protection, insurance coverage, mandatory abuse reporting, media response, protecting religious liberties, board and staff training, and acts as general counsel to help resolve ongoing operational concerns.
 
Bob founded the Campus Preservation Planning program to protect critical assets of faith-based and secular charities against uninsurable, underinsured, and uninsured unjust claims while simultaneously improving overall risk management and stewardship.  You can expect sensitivity to and understanding of, current legal issues facing churches, ministries, and other faith-based organizations from each member of our Church & Ministry Law group.
Daniel Johnson

SPECIAL AGENT, FBI PHOENIX
Special Agent Dan Johnson has investigated hate crimes and corruption in Arizona for the last eight years and is a field representative of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit.
Robert Wild

Sr. Director of Strategic Alliances, Brotherhood Mutual
Robert J. Wild is the current Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. His passion is working with church leaders to educate them on issues related to child protection and safety and security and to help them identify ways they can best protect their ministries against these and other related risks.

Bob has presented more than 250 child protection and church safety and security seminars on behalf of Brotherhood Mutual and continues to pursue more awareness for these topics within the ministry setting.

Prior to joining Brotherhood Mutual in 2009, Bob served as the Director of Finance, Administration, and Risk Management for two mega-churches in the Phoenix area for more than 20 years: Vineyard Christian Fellowship of North Phoenix and Christ’s Church of the Valley. He has served on several boards including, CCV Youth Sports Inc., the largest nonprofit youth sports program in Arizona, Financial Planning Ministry, a national estate planning organization to the local Church, Phoenix Raceway, and Spark Development Network an open-source church database management system.

Bob wrote and self-published an instruction manual for church planters called Growing Your Church From The Ground Up: The Corporate Side. Bob has been published in Church Executive Magazine, Christianity Today, and Group Publishing’s professional edition of their Children’s Magazine.
He holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business. Bob has four children and four grandchildren.
Mike Denney

Safety and Security Director, Sun Valley Community Church
Mike spent nearly 30 years in Arizona law enforcement.  He began his law enforcement career with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department in 1970.  He then was a member of the Arizona Department of Public Safety where he served in a broad variety of roles ranging from patrol officer to captain.
He worked investigations, intelligence, gangs, narcotics, and special operations He retired from DPS in 1995.

Mike then attended Arizona State University College of Law and graduated with a juris doctorate in 2000. Denney joined the Maricopa County Attorney’s office where he served as a major crimes prosecutor in vehicular crimes, gang crimes, and drug enforcement.

He also served as a section chief with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. He remains an active attorney in Arizona.
Jared Tetzlaff

Safety & Security Director, Rock Point Church
Jared serves as the Safety and security Director at Rock Point Church in Queen Creek, Arizona. He also serves as the Engagement & Outreach Coordinator and Broadcast Host with the national ministry, Church Safety Guys. With over 15 years of experience in church ministry, nearly a decade as a Police Officer, and a combined 19 years in corporate and non-profit management, Jared brings a diverse background and experience to the church safety & security arena.
 
As the Safety and security Director at one of the fastest-growing churches in America, Jared has grown the volunteer team at Rock Point Church from 20 to over 150 volunteers over the last several years. His over 25 years of comprehensive experience has driven his passion for marrying a ministry mindset, operational excellence, and layers of leadership. This has allowed Jared to engage in coaching and mentoring other churches of all sizes to protect while serving as they strive to be a thriving part of the mission and ministry in their local house of worship.
 
Jared’s love language is sarcasm and memes. He loves traveling with his wife spending time outdoors and supporting their two teenage children in their ministry, music, and wrestling endeavors. Jared also loves spending time with family and friends cooking or exploring delicious food that is smoked or cooked over an open flame.
Cory Calkins

Safety and Security Director, Central Christian Church
Cory Calkins is a Marine Corps combat veteran. Graduated, with honors, from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Justice Studies with minor studies in Psychology and Sociology. He was medically retired from the Mesa Police Department, as a police sergeant, after serving 15 years.

For the past 9 years, Cory has served as the Director of Safety and Security for Central Christian Church. Central Christian Church has five campuses around the Phoenix metro valley area with approximately 8,000 attendees. He oversees 60 safety team volunteers between the five campuses and manages the off-duty law enforcement program.

Cory has been married for 22 years and has three adult children. His family resides in Mesa, Arizona. He enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying outside activities.
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Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix North Happy Valley / $139 per night
1940 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027
 
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