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.
Safe Church Ministry Director
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
616.224.0717 (office); 616.299.2868 (cell)
I believe abuse affects us all, in major visible ways and in uncountable invisible ways as we all cope with a world that is not the way it is supposed to be. I also believe that as the church we cannot be silent and that Jesus is walking alongside us as our shepherd, both enabling us to keep the vulnerable safe, and equipping us to walk alongside others who have been impacted by abuse of all shapes. I'm thankful to be in this role in which I have the honor to create abuse awareness/prevention resources, connect and equip our incredible Safe Church Coordinators in the Great Lakes Region, consult in abuse situations, as well as catalyze restorative practices in the Christian Reformed Church.
I work with two ministries of the CRC - Disability Concerns (2/3) and Safe Church (1/3). Prior to this role, I worked as a volunteer coordinator at a local art gallery in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. As a volunteer coordinator, I loved watching people give of their time in order to make our city a more community oriented space. Prior my work at the art gallery, I worked as an art therapist. In that role, I was able to walk alongside individuals living with autism, intellectual disabilities, dementia, brain injuries and many other physical and mental health challenges that impacted their life. I loved watching individuals connect with art and use it as a new form of communication and connection. I truly appreciated being able to advocate for them. I enjoy connecting with people, but I also appreciate the value of leaning into hard conversations and situations and finding a way through. I am thankful to be able to serve in both Safe Church and Disability Concerns.