On a December afternoon while watching football on my couch at home my phone begin to ding. It was a friend from the church. “Are you OK?” The text said. “Are you here? Are you safe?! Please check in with me!”  They were reaching out to me to check on my safety because a gunman was roaming the halls of New Life Church in Colorado Springs where I served on the Worship Team. I had been there barely 45 minutes before. The aftermath that ensued that day included a total of five dead, including two girls from one family at our church.

 

Later I learned that close friends were huddled in fear, trembling for their opportunity to break free from the building and get to their cars and get out. An armed volunteer security guard shot and killed the attacker that day.
Terry Berringer has been crucial in implementing security procedures and plans at The Bible Chapel where I’m now the Worship Pastor.  Some of the lessons learned by New Life Church have been implemented here.  When locking doors and restricting access to various portions of our building was initially discussed, many were annoyed at the idea of having to alter their routines.  Having to enter the building through another door was a pain.  Thankfully I was able to draw on my experience to help convince all involved that strategically controlling door access was one very easy way to assume a more prepared posture for security.

Kirk Voller, Worship Pastor, The Bible Chapel

I have been a Police Officer for 29 years. I have worked with the youth of the community for 27 years. I have known Terry Berringer for about the last twelve years. Since I have met Terry, it was apparent that he cared greatly about the safety of the members of his congregation and has worked tirelessly to provide the best care possible for anyone in need. Terry and I spoke many times about ways to keep the people he served safe and has worked with me on program we could provide to the members. One of the biggest programs we provided was the drug take back program. This program is designed to get old medications out of the home and properly disposed of.

 

The place we spent most of our time on was serving the youth of the community. We spent hours meeting to talk about the needs of the children of the area. Together we came up with many programs to provide to our youth. They included drug abuse, making good decisions, providing after school programs to help build positive self esteem and positive alternatives to negative behavior. Also when we noticed a need to even one member of his church we got together and talked about the best course of action to help the entire family.

 

Most of all Terry has been a great true friend. I literally could call Terry any time of the day or night. And I have called him at three in the morning to speak with him. I have never met anyone more willing to do things for others. And he always did it with a smile on his face.

Dave Stanton, Police Officer