Church Safety Seminar scheduled for July 16 in Stillwater | New

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma Church Security Association will sponsor a church security seminar in Stillwater later this month.

The Safety Seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 16 at University Heights Baptist Church, 323 S. Knoblock. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. There will be no charge, but an offering will be taken to help offset instructor expenses.

This seminar provides an overview of the materials taught in OCSA’s one-year Church Safety Team Development Program. Morning topics will include church threat assessment, basic concepts of church security, introduction to situational awareness and verbal de-escalation and legal issues. Afternoon topics include Introduction to Hand-to-Hand Techniques, Introduction to Trunking and Restraint Techniques, and Introduction to Armed Security Techniques.

OCSA is an unincorporated association of veterans and retired veterans who provide free church safety training. All OCSA instructors must be ministers or ordained elders and be qualified to teach their subject.


Mark Neely is OCSA’s firearms and tactics instructor. He is the pastor of Calvary Chapel, Tulsa, and a 28-year medically retired veteran of the Oakland, California Police Department, where he served as a SWAT Chief and Regional SWAT Instructor.

He is a POST-certified, FBI-trained firearms and tactics instructor.


Tom Schulze is OCSA’s hand-to-hand instructor. He is pastor of Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Claremore and Moderator of the Northeast Oklahoma Free Will Baptist Assn.

He is medically retired from the US Army Airborne and holds a terminal black belt.


Todd Cathey is OCSA’s baton and restraint instructor. He is executive pastor of Arrow Heights Baptist Church, Broken Arrow. Cathey is a Nashville Police Department veteran and a certified law enforcement level baton and restraint instructor.

He is also a black belt, helps with hand-to-hand combat training, and is a nationally recognized author and military historian.


Bill Kumpe teaches safety concepts, mental and verbal skills, and legal issues. He is the author of “Deadly Minutes Versus Precious Seconds: A Primer on Armed Church Security.”

He is a retired attorney, licensed armed private investigator, and certified law enforcement-level verbal de-escalation instructor. Kumpe is a disabled United States Navy veteran.


Registration is limited to 100 participants for the lecture parts of the seminar and 50 participants for the practical training.

The registration deadline is July 12. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver and agree to a background check.

For more information or to register, contact Bill Kumpe at [email protected] or call (918) 381-9792.

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