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Ep. 100 A Conversation with Pete Singer of GRACE: Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment

Here at MinistryWatch, we bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.

These mid-week “Extra” episodes are a chance for us to go deep with a particular topic, and today I’m delighted to have on the program Pete Singer. Pete is the executive director of GRACE, which is an acronym for Godly Response To Abuse in the Christian Environment.  This is a position he took over in January of this year. Pete has a master’s in social work, and more than 30 years’ experience working with trauma, abuse, and mental health in a variety of settings. He’s also married, the father of three children, two of whom are grown, and has one grandchild.

Here at MinistryWatch, we have often quoted GRACE, or referred to GRACE reports, in our coverage of Christian ministries.  That’s because GRACE has become something of a “gold standard” when it comes to investigating sexual abuse in church and ministry settings, but – and more to the point here today – they also do a great job in helping organizations prevent abuse.  I wanted to have Pete Singer on the podcast to talk about both aspects of their work.

I want to remind you that my book Faith-Based Fraud is finally available for sale to the public.  Last year, we self-published an edition of 500 copies and gave them away to our donors.  Thanks to the generosity of many of you, they didn’t last long.  That motivated us to find a “real publisher,” Wild Blue Press out of Denver Colorado, and they’re bringing out a hardback, paperback, ebook, and audiobook version of Faith Based Fraud.  The paperback and ebook versions are now available.  You can find them by going to Amazon or other online book retailers.  I hope you’ll get a copy today.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.

I’m Warren Smith, and – until next time – May God bless you.