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Child abuse. A heinous act against vulnerable individuals in our society. Addressing it is challenging but pivotal to the health of the next generation.
So, how can we actively combat this problem? How can we spot signs of abuse? And what responsibilities do we have when we suspect it? How do we identify and address grooming behaviors linked to child abuse?
By the end of this discussion, Christians will be equipped with the fundamentals of preventing, identifying and responding to abuse whether it be in the church or in day-to-day interactions with children.
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.
Leann Benson is the Partnerships Manager at Protect My Ministry and has the privilege of partnering with many organizations to help the church as a whole. Bringing resources and helping the church to connect on a broader scale is something she loves to do. Leann has a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and has also worked in social work with at risk youth. This is why the area of child protection is of particular importance to her. She currently lives outside of Tampa with her husband and their dog, Petey Boy. She enjoys walking her dog, reading, connecting with others, puns and drinking coffee.
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), owner of Lumino Global Consulting and Coaching, and Executive Director of the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention. In addition to implementing child protection programs at several ministries, his experience includes team building, development/fundraising, hospitality, international relations, strategic planning, and revitalization. Jeff enjoys reading, exploring, and spending time with his wife Kristil and kids, JJ, Kassie, Katherine, and Kylie.