Jacquelyn BlockChurch Works Studio Director & Associate Principal at GFF
Jacquelyn Block is the GFF Architects’ Church Works Studio Director and has over 15 years of experience working with church and educational clients. Jacquelyn works closely with her clients in the initial programming and planning phase to identify key strategies to create facilities that support her client’s mission in an innovative and creative way. Her passion is not just about great buildings, but also about developing strong and trusting relationships with her clients.
Simon OsamohPresident & Founder of Kingswood Security Consulting
Simon Osamoh is the director and founder of Kingswood Security Consulting, a Minneapolis-based security risk management firm that specializes in protecting soft targets and open-door environments. He is a recognized organized crime and terrorism specialist, and he spent 14 years as a Detective in England working on serious and organized crime. One of his notable cases includes the investigation of the “liquid bomb terrorism plot” against the U.S. in 2006, which changed aviation security regulations worldwide, limiting the use of liquids on planes creating the TSA 3-1-1 rule.
Immigrating to the U.S. from Reading, England in 2011, he became the Counter-Terrorism Security Manager at Mall of America in Minnesota, the largest entertainment complex in North America at over six million square feet. Here, he oversaw the internationally recognized behavior detection program focusing on suspicious behavior.
He is a recognized public speaker and presenter who holds subject matter expertise in the fields of terrorism, organized crime and securing soft targets. Simon has lectured to Master programs, and educated Law Enforcement professionals across the country, including the FBI, police departments and aviation security experts.
He is a former Director of Risk and Compliance and has worked for three of America’s largest financial institutions as a senior risk leader that include US Bank, Wells Fargo and Equiniti Trust Company. Here, his teams focused on risk management, business continuity, crisis management disaster recovery, regulatory compliance and working with federal agencies on audits and examinations.
He is a Christian with over a decade of experience supporting churches on how to stay safe through the focal point of ministry.
Simon is the author of the books Securing Church Operations, A Seven Step Plan for Ministry and Safety Leaders and Church Safety, Responding to Suspicious Behavior.
Five Strategies to Improve Your Security Architectural Design and Planning
Building a safe and secure environment for churches doesn’t mean making the church look like a prison. There are ways to discretely incorporate security elements into the design and still create a welcoming church.
The architectural layout and design of a church building can help to create a safe environment that deters acts of violence.
– Learn security considerations you should cover in the initial planning stage
– Discover how to find a team that understands crime prevention through environmental design
– Develop strategies to integrate security features into the building to maintain an attractive, warm and welcoming environment
– Discover how to use the security risk assessment process to safeguard your church
– Learn how to leverage FEMA grants to increase building security effectiveness