You probably heard the FBI brought to justice the men who called themselves the “Patriot Freedom Fighters”, and bombed a Bloomington mosque in 2017. You may not be aware of the number of anti-Semitic threats and incidents of vandalism to churches, chapels, temples and other places of prayer that are reported in the metro Twin Cities.
Beyond the most horrific “active shooter” murders and arson events that incinerate sacred dwellings, across the country we hear of cancelled services and congregations facing dwindling attendance as fears increase with each new headline. We’ll talk about the National and local data on threats of violence and the known causes, and confer with the experts to better understand preparedness that goes beyond ‘thoughts and prayers’.
12:30 – 1:00 Check In & Pre-Meeting Networking
1:00 – 1:10 Welcome and Chapter Business! Jerrod Montoya – President InfraGard
1:10 – 1:30 Special Alert: E-Skimming – Agent Landon Beard – U.S. Dept. of Commerce
1:30 – 2:15 Securing Houses of Worship 101 – David Skinner – Applied Countermeasures Group
2:15 – 2:45 Networking Break
3:00 – 4:00 Worship Security Panel Discussion – Elizabeth Stevens Panel Moderator
- Rev. Chris Carr – Lake Harriet United Methodist Church
- Jonathan Bundt – Masa Consulting
- Simon Osamoh – Kingswood Security Consulting
- Dan Plekkenpol –Jewish Community Relations Council
- Wes Pederson – Eagle Brook Community Church
- Jim Theis — Westwood Community Church
Register Here (Required) All attendees must register by noon on Thursday, Sept. 12th
Please Join Us Immediately After the Meeting for Happy Hour at Pizza Lucé!
9320 Excelsior Blvd.
Dave Skinner, President and Co-founder of Applied Countermeasures Group (ACG), will be presenting on the significance of why we should be conducting physical security risk assessments at all places of worship, taking action to mitigate risk and training staff to proactively prepare and respond to emergency situations. Dave served 4 years in the USAF and an additional 25 years as a law enforcement officer, Dave founded Applied Countermeasures Group (ACG) with Co-founder Troy Szotkowski in December of 2015. Dave’s background includes serving as a USAF Security Policeman, a Police Officer for the City of Great Falls, MT, an International Police Task Force Officer for the United Nations in Kosovo, a Criminal Investigator for the Montana Gambling Investigation Bureau, a U.S. Federal Air Marshal and a Director of Security Operations in Minneapolis.
Jonathan Bundt has worked in the behavioral science and public safety field for over 30 years specializing in disaster and crisis mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Jonathan operates his own consulting company, Masa Consulting, which specializes in bringing behavioral science into risk and threat mitigation of workplace violence. He has worked as a chief inspector in the National Israeli Police Force, as a mental health professional to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, Minneapolis Police-SWAT as a trainer and on-scene support advisor where he specialized in training crisis/hostage negotiators and critical incident response. He regularly provides consultation and training services to the private sector, hospitals, EMS, police and fire departments, state departments of Corrections, Public Health, Human Services, Public Safety, and Emergency Management. He is a member of MN-1 DMAT (federal response team) and a certified emergency manager in the state of MN. He is a past president of the Metro Emergency Managers Association and serves on the board of Association of Threat Assessment Professionals-Chicago Chapter.
Rev. Chris Carr is the Director of Security at City Center, the largest multi-use complex in the city of Minneapolis. The security program at City Center is built on the foundation of Behavior Detection, and is one of the few programs in the state of Minnesota with such a structure and training standard. Chris is also an instructor for Suspicion Indicators Recognition & Assessment (SIRA®) for G4S in Minnesota.
Along with his duties as Security Director, Chris is also a Pastor of Youth Ministries at the Lake Harriet United Methodist Church where he mentors young Christ followers and assists in the security planning of large events and conferences.
Simon Osamoh is the founder of Kingswood Security Consulting and the Worship Security Association. He is a recognized organized crime, terrorism and faith security specialist. Simon spent 14 years as a Detective in England working serious and organized crime cases. In 2006 he worked with the British security services into the investigation of the “liquid bomb terrorism plot” against the U.S., which changed aviation security worldwide.
Dan Plekkenpol was hired by the Jewish Community Relations Council on October 8, 2018 as the organizations first full-time director of security for Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Dan had retired from the Plymouth Police Department in September of 2018 after over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Dan had held several positions within the police department including 11 years on the SWAT team, 20 plus years as the City emergency management coordinator and promotions through the ranks to Deputy Chief for the last 10 years of his career.
Wes Pederson is the Safety & Security Director at Eagle Brook Church. In this role, his focus is in part to identify and implement security solutions that bring the maximum level of security without interfering with the focus and mission of the church. Prior to this role Wes was the campus Executive Pastor at the churches largest campus that oversaw ministry, building operations as well as budgets. He currently also serves on the VIPS (Volunteers in Public Safety) Board of the local law enforcement agency, a committee focusing on supporting and enhancing the needs of local community law enforcement. Before joining Eagle Brook Church, Wes spent 25 years in the business world where he focused on innovative technology solutions that were designed to enhance business operations.