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Security, Technology and Personnel

One thing is clear as you seek and search for ways to improve safety and security in your place of worship; there is an overwhelming choice of options to consider. It is a veritable buffet, with lots of appealing choices, all of which have value. What determines our choices at a buffet? Typically it’s plate size, otherwise known as budget.  Whether we like it or not, budgets largely drive our decisions so it’s important to know how to effectively and intentionally fill your plate while staying within the parameters of what’s feasible. This session will highlight current safety and security trends including cameras, access control, exterior improvements, and intervention capable personnel. The majority of the focus, however, will be how any size church can actually begin to implement scale-able solutions right now. Church Safety and Security – Lessons Learned Exchange will be Part 2 of this two-part session series.

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About the speaker


Nathan Parr

Nathan Parr
Operations Manager
First Baptist Church of Belton

Nathan has been operations manager at First Baptist Belton since 2005. Like most in church operations, that is not what he started out doing. Over the years Nathan has worked in the theatre, commercial landscaping, commercial contracting, owned his own construction company, and served in the United States Marine Corps, deploying in support of OIF 2-2. In all of these endeavors he has had the support of his high school sweetheart and partner of 24 years. Nathan and Andrea have been blessed with three kiddos, Caleb, Alexa, and Rylan.

Nathan has studied at Kansas State University, earning a BS in Social Science, attended seminary at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Masters of Theological Studies, and recently completed the MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University. Nathan is also currently a commissioned security officer and personal protection officer in the state of Texas.