In this 7-part series, we talk with Wes Pederson Safety and Security Director at Eagle Brook Church, known as the 10th largest church in the country. He did not have a background in safety before receiving the calling into security ministry.
In this rare interview with one of the country’s largest churches, Wes shares his experiences, teachings, and best practice in the following areas. Creating a security culture, how to start an advisory team tackles the difficult subject of church open door, and what it means for security. How to best manage risk in a ministry setting, finding the right safety team structure, pastoral protection, how to forge relationships with law enforcement agencies, and more!
Wes Pederson is a Pastor and Security Director of Eagle Brook Church of Minnesota. Eagle Brook Church is a multi-site church that encompasses 9 locations, recognized as the largest church in Minnesota and the 10th largest church in the country. Wes was the church Pastor at the broadcast site until he received a calling to head the security efforts in 2017. https://eaglebrookchurch.com/
Simon Osamoh is a nationally recognized church safety practitioner, former British Police Detective, former Counter Terrorism Security Manager at Mall of America Minnesota where he oversaw the internationally recognized behavior detection program. He is the founder of the Worship Security Association and Kingswood Security and the author of the books Securing Church Operations and Responding to Suspicious Behavior. He is a safety advisor to hundreds of churches across the country, a Christian, a member of Westwood Community Church in Excelsior Minnesota where he also serves as a Security Advisor. https://www.kingswoodsc.com/