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The Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention was created in 2019 to provide awareness, accreditation, and resources in order to help Christian organizations that serve kids protect the vulnerable in ministry.

We believe that Child Protection is a Great Commission issue, because children should be able to hear the gospel and grow in discipleship in an environment unhindered by abuse. Furthermore, Scripture enjoins believers to reflect the character of God by caring for the vulnerable, serving with integrity, and stewarding resources responsibly.

We exist to serve any Christian organization that works with kids: churches, schools, daycares, camps, etc. ECAP seeks to help ministry leaders know how to protect individuals in their care, and how to respond when an allegation of abuse is reported. Our Child Safety Standards serve as the basis of our accreditation program, which will assist in demonstrating compliance to the Standards. You can learn more about how our Standards were developed here. To learn more about becoming ECAP Accredited, visit out Accreditation page.

ECAP is an association-based organization that provides child safety accreditation and resources to ministries that serve kids. Alongside other providers, we hope to make ministry environments safe for kids.


To Support Christian Ministries In Child Protection And Abuse Prevention Through Awareness, Accreditation, And Resources.


That Christian Ministries Would Be Safe Places For Children And Youth To Hear The Gospel, Grow In Discipleship, And That Spiritual Formation Would Take Place Unhindered By Abuse.


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The Council

The Council consists of several committees that manage and monitor standards and the accreditation program. It also includes board members, survivors, subject matter experts, and eventually accredited members. The Council operates under the authority of the ECAP Board of Directors.

Who We Are:

Jeff Dalrymple

Executive Director

Jeff Dalrymple is an organizational leader whose leadership experience includes roles in public safety, higher education, non-governmental organizations, and parachurch ministry. Jeff served as a vice president at Southern Seminary in Louisville from 2008-2016. He is an elder at Sunrise Community Church (EFCA) and owner of Lumino Global Consulting and Coaching.
In addition to implementing child protection programs at several ministries, his experience includes organizational leadership, team building, communications, development/fundraising, hospitality, conference & event planning, international relations, strategic planning, revitalization, and board governance. Jeff enjoys reading, exploring, and spending time with family. He is married to Kristil, and they are the parents of JJ, Kassie, Katherine, and Kylie. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sally Wagenmaker. Esq.

General Counsel

Sally Wagenmaker provides legal counsel in corporate, tax, employment, and real estate matters for nonprofits operating on local, national, and international levels. Her clients include churches and other religious organizations, social service providers, and schools. Sally lives in Chicago with her husband Dan, and they have two children in college.

Theresa Sidebotham, Esq.

Expert Panel Chair (Standards Drafting Committee)

Theresa Sidebotham has represented a variety of businesses, ministries, and churches in her capacity as founding attorney at Telios Law PLLC. This has included legal and policy issues such as child protection and safety, as well as facilitating investigations; both historic and current.

Briggham Winkler

General Editor

Briggham Winkler has served as the General Editor for ECAP since the Summer of 2021. He earned his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Boyce College and his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in May of 2020. He has been married to his wife Hannah since January 2019, and they live in Jacksonville with their chocolate Lab, Cass, and their two cats, Pepper and Julep.

Jesse Maynor

Accreditation Program Director

Jesse Maynor joined ECAP in 2022 after serving as an Officer in the U.S. Navy for 25 years in a variety of leadership, education, and staff assignments. His role with ECAP is focused on completing the organizational processes and structures necessary to begin granting accreditation to Charter Member organizations, as well as assisting Charter Member Candidates’ completion of initial accreditation. He resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife and children.

Rebecca Santos

Communications Director

Rebecca Santos joined ECAP at the beginning of 2023 after serving in Corporate America for 18 years in a variety of management, consulting, and event planning assignments. She has served for over five years at her local church in both Nursery Coordinator and VBS Director roles. Her role within ECAP is to create awareness by reaching out to our target market and educating them on how they can create an ironclad child protection program for their ministries. She presently resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, children, and pets.

Samantha Beattie

Executive Assistant

Samantha Beattie joined the ECAP team in 2020. She earned her B. S. in Biblical Counseling from Boyce College in 2014. She has worked as an administrative assistant for 7 years with experience in project management. She is excited to use these skills to provide administrative support to ECAP. Samantha lives in Louisville, KY with her husband Jake and their children Graham, Charlie Joy, Jack, and Crew.

Hannah Bolick

Communications Coordinator

Hannah Bolick joined the ECAP team in January 2023. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2022 with degrees in Communication and English and is pursuing a Master’s in Strategic Communication. She has a passion for children’s ministry and has served with children at her home church for many years. Hannah is also the communications coordinator at Clarity Camp, a youth summer camp devoted to impacting the next generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She currently resides in Wilmington, NC with her family.

Josué Izquierdo

Director of Latin Engagement

Josué Izquierdo joined ECAP in 2023 as the Director of Latin Engagement. He has a degree in International Business, an MBA from EGADE Business School and a Master in Biblical Studies by The Master's Seminary. He has been married to his wife since 2020 and serving at their local church in México.

Our Board

Jenna Quinn

Board Member

Jenna Quinn is a triumphant survivor of sexual abuse, author, TED speaker, and the survivor behind Jenna’s Law. She has become a valiant warrior against sexual abuse of children and adolescents through education and legislation. She moved into political action in 2007, reaching out to Texas legislators about the need for schools to adopt age-appropriate curriculum on child sexual abuse, now known as Jenna’s Law which was passed in May 2009. In 2017, Jenna’s Law was amended to include sex trafficking prevention education in schools.

Kevin White

Board Member

Kevin White serves as the COO at Awana, a global non-profit ministry reaching over five million children and youth in 120 countries. Having served in a variety of non-profit, church, school, and ministry settings over the course of the last 20 years, he has a passion for developing sustaining ministries and helping leaders increase their effectiveness in accomplishing their mission. Kevin has been married to his high school sweetheart for 18 years and have three daughters, the youngest of whom is adopted. He loves travel, reading great books, distance running, and owns a coffee roasting company.

Julie Lowe

Board Member

Julie Lowe is a former faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). She holds an MA in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor with over twenty-two years of counseling experience. She has extensive experience with marriage, women’s issues, sexual abuse, body image issues, parenting, and child maltreatment issues, and regularly speaks on these topics. Julie is a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office and resources to serve families and youth. She is trained in leading mandated reporter trainings and provides numerous trainings on child sexual abuse. Julie has a registered therapy dog that she works with both professionally and on a volunteer basis.

She has authored several books: Childproof: Parenting By Faith Not Formula, Building Bridges: Biblical Counseling Activities for Children and Teens, Helping Your Anxious Child: What to Do When Your Worries are Big, and Teens and Suicide: Recognizing the Signs and Sharing the Hope.


David K. Wilcox

Board Member

David K. Wilcox, Ph.D., served for 26 years with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as the Assistant Vice President – Global. His work involved the development of accreditation systems for schools in Asia and Latin America as well as providing oversight for the 11 ACSI offices in those regions. He continues to chair accreditation teams to international Christian schools and to Christian colleges’ teacher education programs. David and his wife, Erin, live in Colorado Springs.

Tami Kreitl

Board Member

Tami Kreitl serves as the Donor Engagement & Stewardship Manager for the Orlando Health Foundation, overseeing board governance, volunteer leadership and office management. Tami and her husband, Ben, attend First Baptist Church of Orlando where she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is committed to using her voice to protect the innocent and to make a difference for the least of these.

Emily Rose

Board Member

Dr. Rose is the Director for Pre-Health Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Minor in Health Care Studies at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Associate Professor (Educational Scholar) of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. A native South Dakotan, she trained in Emergency Medicine and was chief resident at Los Angeles County/ USC Medical Center and completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University. She has been core Emergency Medicine faculty at LAC/USC Medical Center since 2010 where she continues to care for both sick/injured children and adults.

Dr. Rose is a prolific educator with numerous publications and invited national presentations. Dr. Rose has been awarded several education awards including multiple LAC/USC faculty of the year awards, outstanding teaching performance, and the Honorable Mention Outstanding Speaker of the Year for the American College of Emergency Physician Scientific Assembly. She recently published a textbook on life-threatening rashes and a practical clinical textbook for pediatric emergencies written specifically for EM-trained providers.


Adam Mersereau

Board Member

Adam Mersereau is a corporate transactional attorney and a partner in the law firm BUTLER MERSEREAU LLP. Adam was initially exposed to abuse prevention in the context of Olympic sports. Over the years, he and his law partner have interacted in different capacities with the Safe Sport initiative within the Olympic movement—its structure, applications, and interpretation, as well as the evaluation of its successes and its failures. Adam lives with his wife and two children outside of Jacksonville, Florida and attends Sunrise Community Church (EFCA) in Atlantic Beach, where he serves on the board of elders.

Joel Cowart

Board Member

Joel Cowart has spent the last 15 years ministering to the next generation- from volunteering in various schools, to teaching in the National Children’s Defense Fund Kansas City Freedom School, and giving leadership to a handful of non-profit organizations as both participant and as a board member. Joel is currently serving and shepherding in Jacksonville, Florida where he and his wife, Destiny make their home.

Advisory Board

The ECAP Advisory Board works to advance the mission of keeping kids safe in ministry. Each advisory board member serves 3 year terms as approved by the board of directors. Advisory board members are actively serving as ambassadors of the mission to raise awareness, advocate, educate, and raise funds to support ECAP.

Kurt Gebhards

Advisory Board Member

Kurt Gebhards serves as the Senior Pastor of The Grove Bible Chapel in Tampa, FL. He is passionate about making disciples, training leaders, and doing all things for the sake of the gospel. Kurt is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and Southern Seminary.”

Jennifer Greenberg

Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Greenberg is an author, recording artist, and survivor of child abuse and domestic violence. Her debut book, Not Forsaken: A Story of Life After Abuse (The Good Book Company) is used in seminaries, counseling programs, and churches to equip leaders and comfort survivors. Her next book, about the defiant joy exemplified by Jesus in his sufferings, releases in 2023 (Multnomah). Her writings combine experience with the gospel of hope to help victims, survivors, and those who walk alongside them.

Jennifer is married to her best friend, Jason, and they have three daughters: Elowyn, Leianor, and Gwynevere. They belong to The Haven OPC in Long Island, New York.

Kevin Trotter

Advisory Board Member

Kevin Trotter currently serves with Josiah White’s, an Indiana-based Christian non-profit organization serving children and families, as the Vice President of Advancement, overseeing Marketing, Communications, and Development. Kevin also serves as a lay pastor with Light City Bible Church, a new church plant in Wabash, IN.

Kevin began his professional career in 2000 as a police officer in Fishers, Indiana. He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and continued to serve Fishers Police until 2012. Before leaving the police department, Kevin co-founded My Cyber Guardian Educational Services, Inc., in Noblesville, where he served as the full-time operations manager before moving his family to the Tampa Bay area in 2013 to be part of planting Harvest Bible Chapel in the Tampa community. In addition to launching this church in Tampa, Kevin joined Bethany Christian Services of Florida where he most recently served as the executive director for Florida and Alabama. Kevin earned his Master of Science in Human Services from Walden University and his Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University.

Kevin and his wife, Misty, have six children. They were licensed therapeutic foster parents in the state of Indiana and adopted three of their six children through Indiana’s foster care system. Kevin and Misty are passionate about Christ, shepherding people and serving children and families.

Alina Sardiñas

Advisory Board Member

Alina Sardiñas is a Cuban American attorney and former partner of the law firm of Galbut, Galbut, Menin and Wasserman in Miami Beach Florida. Alina lived abroad in Madrid, Spain for four years and was involved in the food bank program and vacation Bible study in Emmanuel Baptist Church. Alina is currently a licensed real estate advisor and lives in Ponte Vedra beach Florida and is a member of Sunrise Community Church in Atlantic Beach Florida.

Dee Dee Mayer

Advisory Board Member

Dyonette “Dee Dee” Mayer is the Director of the RelateStrong program for the Boone Center for the Family. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice for over twenty years specializing in treating couples, women in leadership, and families.

She earned a Doctor in Ministry from Azusa Pacific University studying healthy leadership in ministry contexts. She has over 20 years of experience providing organizational leadership and program management in academic and community health environments. She is passionate about supporting ministry leaders and congregations in developing strong and healthy relationships.

Prior to joining the Boone Center for the Family, Dee Dee served at Oaks Christian School as the Associate Head of School for Spiritual Life investing in spiritual formation and discipleship for youth and families. She also served as co-host for Movieguide TV supporting parents and families in making media-wise choices.

Dee Dee loves to help couples and individuals prepare their relationships for life and leadership as they build character, cultivate healthy attachments, and grow in compassion towards self and others. Dee Dee loves to teach through God’s word and encourage people towards a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. She is a published author, regular guest on national radio programs, and a sought-after public speaker.

Dee Dee has been married to her husband, Albert since 1994. Together, they have three adult children.

John Heymann

Advisory Board Member

Jon Heymann serves as the President of Heymann Consulting, helping organizations to achieve their fullest potential. Jon has devoted his life to helping the next generation gain access to the resources they need in order to be successful, serving as the CEO of organizations such as Communities in Schools of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, and Elevate Jacksonville, Inc.

Herb McCarthy

Advisory Board Chairman

Herb McCarthy serves as the Managing Director and Owner of Port City Consulting, helping ministries with leadership and funding solutions. Herb has been a pastor, and served as the Vice President of Crusades for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for 13 years. Herb is married to Suzanne and has 3 daughters and 14 grandchildren.

Accreditation Committee

David K. Wilcox

Chair, ACSI

David K. Wilcox, Ph.D., served for 26 years with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) as the Assistant Vice President – Global. His work involved the development of accreditation systems for schools in Asia and Latin America as well as providing oversight for the 11 ACSI offices in those regions. He continues to chair accreditation teams to international Christian schools and to Christian colleges’ teacher education programs. David and his wife, Erin, live in Colorado Springs.

Jeremy Herron

Providence Church, Frisco

Tami Kreitl

First Baptist Church, Orlando

Tami Kreitl serves as the Donor Engagement & Stewardship Manager for the Orlando Health Foundation, overseeing board governance, volunteer leadership and office management. Tami and her husband, Ben, attend First Baptist Church of Orlando where she currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees. She is committed to using her voice to protect the innocent and to make a difference for the least of these.

Our goal is to help churches and ministries prevent abuse.

Read our statement on organizations with a history of abuse.