Our church had made a decision to set up a safety and security team last year.  Terry Berringer was instrumental in helping us get started.  His guidance and counsel was incredible.  Once our team was set up, we had Terry come in and conduct a half day of training with our team.  Terry’s information and delivery was exceptional! his knowledge about the church security environment and basic training was extremely helpful to us as we started our Security program.  His friendly demeanor and willingness to address all questions was incredible.  I would highly recommend Terry and his company to any church considering setting up a Safety and Security team.

Rich Bryer, Cornerstone Ministries, Senior Team Leader for Security

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

It has been our pleasure to work with Terry Berringer and Church Emergency Consulting. Terry has been very informative in assisting us with both facilitating our Safety Conferences and promoting the event by participating in our promotional on air program, Biz Burgh.

 

Having Terry and Church Emergency Consulting present and participating in seminars and “Q and A” sessions, were also beneficial to those in attendance and added credibility to our events.

Michael E. Howard, General Sales Manager, Salem Media Group Pittsburgh

Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy is a private Christian school that provides authentic education and Biblical discipleship in a uniquely connected community of 4-year-old preschool students through high school seniors.

 

Over the past several years, Terry Berringer has assisted Cornerstone with consultations regarding emergency preparedness planning and training, safety and security assessments, procurement and installation of video monitoring equipment, medical consultation services and more. As Cornerstone’s Executive Director, I am very grateful for the many ways Terry is always striving to keep students as safe as possible!

Cindi McCall, Executive Director, Cornerstone Christian Preparatory Academy

As a leader charged with the safety and security of over 4,000 people, nearly 500 events each year and a school, it was assuring to know the leaders of CEC partnered with us to build and to improve our infrastructure and processes. We went from concern on how we were going to accomplish the mission, to being in a position to help other churches raise the bar on their safety and security services. A partner that can assess, plan, consult and transfer the knowledge necessary to achieve one’s goals is invaluable.

Bill Harmon, Executive Director, The Bible Chapel

Terry and his amazing team worked with us on our Legends Tour. They were top notch professionals and incredible men of integrity. All the pioneers in Christian Music loved them and we are having them for several other venues. What a joy to be able to have a Christian based security team be present for all our events. We highly recommend these mighty men of valor.

The Chrisagis Brothers

A huge thank you to Terry and his medical and security team for once again providing their outstanding services for our Spring Shows. Over the past five years, you’ve made our events so much easier for us! With a crowd of a thousand or so, there is always issues to deal with, but I’m glad it is you and not me. We look forward to working with your team again this year!

Grace Christian Dance Company

I became acquainted with Terry Berringer about two years ago. It was at a Homeland Security seminar that he hosted at The Bible Chapel. Through several exchanges over the next few months I got to know Terry and Church Emergency Consulting. Terry’s knowledge of the security and medical fields is quite impressive and he has been extremely helpful in helping get our church security program moving in a very positive direction.

 

I have also had the pleasure of working with Terry on security detail and he is a consummate professional with an eye for detail and a heart for keeping the “flock” safe. I would highly recommend Terry and CEC for security details you may need help with or for setting up security for your house of worship.

Nevin G. VanRiper, Head of Security, Facility Manager, Central Assembly of God

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

I recently retired as the Chief of Police of Peters Township after 28 years of service. One of the most rewarding experience I had was to meet and work with Terry Berringer of The Bible Chapel. I found Terry to be an individual that was more concerned about the welfare and safety of others more so than any person I have ever met.

 

Terry and I worked on many things over the years. Those projects included: traffic training for the parking lot attendants’, car cruise, familiarization of the facility with police and fire personnel, use of the Church facilities for police officer training, and our most successful venture being the “Drug Take Back”. These are just a few of the events we tackled together and all worked out very well.

 

Terry is a very dedicated to his family and Church. The interesting thing about Terry is that his Church is the world and everyone in it. His heart is that big.

Harry J. Fruecht, Chief of Police (Retired)