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.