Texas Police Officer Greg Stevens will also be with us...!
Officer Greg Stevens - In May of 2015, Officer Stevens stopped two terrorists from committing mass murder at a convention center, saving countless lives. For his heroics, he was awarded the Medal of Valor by President Obama for "preventing a deadly act of terrorism." Watch the video of Officer Stevens receiving the Medal of Valor.
JIMMY MEEKS is a retired police officer, having served 35 years in law-enforcement. Jimmy has also been a minister for over 44 years.
As an officer, he served as a hostage negotiator, field training officer, school resource officer, detective, supervisor, and crime prevention officer. He has accumulated dover 4500 hours of TCOLE training. He has also been a certified crime prevention specialist.
He was pastor of a church in the Ft. Worth area for over 11 years, while also serving as a police officer. Jimmy has a B.A. in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Certificate of Ministry from Emmaus Road Ministry School. He has conducted over 150 church safety seminars since 2009, at which over a thousand churches have attended. It has been said of his presentation, "...there has never been a stronger call to action..."
Jimmy and his wife of 35 years, Julie, were married at the First Baptist Church of Daingerfield, Texas, the sight of the June 22, 1980 massacre that killed 5 - and injured 10.
What to expect at this seminar
This seminar will be "hands-on," emphasizing the skills you need in order to be ready to respond to a crisis in your house of worship. Subjects include such topics as -
Verbal De-Escalation - Learning how to calm someone by your presence and verbal skills
Recognizing the "clues" that indicate something may be wrong or is "about to happen."
Protecting the flock from sex crimes
Responding to an active attack (assailant with gun, knife, etc)
What does the team do on Sundays and for all other events...
Where to station team members during church
And so much more...
We will also address the issues of sex crimes occurring on church and faith based property. We encourage all those who work with youth to attend.
THE MESSAGE ON PREVENTION OF SEX CRIMES IS RELEVANT TO ALL YOUTH WORKERS, WHETHER CHURCH-RELATED OR NOT. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE.