Protecting, Equipping, and Supporting churches to prevent and report abuse while meaningfully helping those who have been impacted by the trauma of sexual abuse.
Church Protect began as a result of Jimmy finding out that his father, a former minster, is a pedophile. God allowed Jimmy’s path to intersect with Jon Uhler and a partnership was born. Jon has over 20 years of counseling experience working as a clinical therapist, has worked extensively with survivors of child sex abuse, and has over 10 years of experience working with sex offenders who are in prison. Jimmy travels nationally, speaking at churches and other organizations, training and equipping church leaders and professionals on detection and prevention of abuse.
Jimmy is a full time minister and Jon has theological training as well, making them a great team to help churches combat abuse. As both listen to countless stories of brokenness, humiliation, and shattered innocence, they agree that it is a sin to sit on the sidelines while millions of children are being sexually abused and trafficked each year.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret” (Ephesians 5:11-12 ESV).
Over 90% of pedophiles identify themselves as religious. This is a huge deal for churches because religious people tend to go to church. In the words of a pedophile, “Churches are the easiest places to offend.” Pedophilia is at epidemic proportions in the church and, sadly, there are few resources for church leaders to combat this plague. With 42 million survivors of child sex abuse in the United States, it is nearly impossible to find a church that doesn’t have victims of abuse. Sadly, most abuse remains undetected. Worse yet, most alleged cases are not reported by church leaders to the authorities and the majority of allegations are dismissed by leaders who don’t know how to detect abuse.
Church Protect is a consulting ministry that offers the combined expertise and experiences of Jon and Jimmy. No longer do church leaders have to guess how to handle difficult situations involving young children who are sexualized in their churches. It’s time we take a stand against abuse and shout, “ENOUGH!”