About Us

Vision

Safe Church Ministry equips congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response. We help build communities where the value of each person is honored; where people are free to worship and grow free from abuse; and where abuse has occurred, the response is compassion and justice that foster healing.

Safe Church pursues our vision by offering training and support to volunteer safe church team members so that they can be resources for their congregations and classes. Team members provide learning opportunities, support, and consultation in their own local contexts.

Staff


Bonnie Nicholas

Safe Church Ministry Director
BNicholas@crcna.org
616.224.0735 (office); 616.485.4595 (cell)

Equipping congregations in abuse awareness, prevention, and response is a passion for me. I know the intense and devastating impacts of abuse as well as the amazing power of God to redeem and to heal. I believe that the role of the Church is critical, and that the honor and great name of our Lord is at stake. So, though the issues at times can seem overwhelming, I feel privileged to be here serving along with you, building communities where abuse is unthinkable; and if abuse is disclosed, the response is always compassion and justice. All of us working together is key to effective safe church ministry; we look forward to working with you.


Rev. Eric Kas

Safe Church Ministry Associate
EKas@crcna.org
616.224.0717 (office); 616.299.2868 (cell)

I am thankful to be working in Safe Church as a part-time Safe Church Associate, while I bi-vocationally pastor a new church plant called Good News Gatherings. I hope to come alongside many of you to assist in the work of cultivating safe spaces in our communities. I believe God is continuing to raise up shepherds in the church to to heal and protect one another. Safe Church Ministry is on the front lines of this shepherding work and I believe it is a vital part of God’s mission of making all things new. I am looking forward to hearing many of your stories and joining you all as we seek to equip communities in abuse awareness, prevention and response.


Rev. Miriam Spies

Communications and Volunteer Specialist for Disability Concerns and Safe Church
MSpies@crcna.org
905.336.2920 ext. 4350 (Office)

Hello! My name is Miriam Spies and I am so pleased to begin working out of the Burlington office as the Communications and Volunteer Specialist for Disability Concerns and Safe Church. I feel called to support this work where all belong, all serve, and all may live in respect and with dignity. Indeed, I believe this is part of our work as Jesus’ disciples seeking the kingdom of God on earth. I live with Cerebral Palsy, a physical disability that impacts my mobility as well as my speech. I also have a guide dog, Wendell, who sleeps by my side! He can open doors, fetch items, go get help, and other small tasks! CP occurs as a result of lack of oxygen during birth, and so I have never known any other life! I bring this “disability lens” to all aspects of work and life. I have learned that both in creating safe places and “inclusive” communities, relationships are key. I have also learned that relationships, based in mutuality, take time. This is the case for both Safe Church Ministries and Disability Concerns – relationships based on trust, mutuality, and supported by God’s grace are essential. Though these are separate ministries, I see potential for crossover and learning from each other as often, more “marginalized” people seek to find their voice, dignity, and safety. It is my hope that through this work, I can challenge and support you and we can grow together.