Safe Church

Welcome to the Safe Church page of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana! Our diocese takes matters of safety seriously, especially keeping our children, youth, and adults safe from all forms of sexual misconduct while they are at church or participating in church activities.

For this reason, we require abuse prevention training for all paid staff as well as anyone else who works with children and youth. All training is provided through Praesidium Academy (formerly Safeguarding Online™), which you can access anytime, from anywhere that you have a high-speed Internet connection.

The transition to Praesidium Academy occurred in July 2021. If this is your first time to visit this page since then, you will notice some changes. However, please note that only our training platform has changed; our diocesan policies and requirements are exactly the same. We are in the process of updating all of the information and links so that you can easily login and complete your training.

All diocesan organizations should be in full compliance with the Safeguarding training and background screening requirements that are outlined in our Safeguarding Policies. To determine which courses you need to take, use the training module guidelines specified in this Training Modules Chart.

All churches, schools, and Camp Hardtner are required to designate a Safe Church Minister (click here for list of Safe Church Ministers). These individuals are trained to help you set up a Safeguarding account and fulfill the training and background screening requirements. Contact your local Safe Church Minister when you have any questions about Safeguarding training or background screening.

Get Started

create account

Click here for the Praesidium Academy Quick Start Guide. You will be asked to enter a registration code. Each organization in our diocese has its own unique code. Click here to find the code for your organization.

Set up an account


After you enter the registration code and click submit, you will be taken to another page. Fill out the form there and click the link to enroll. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.

start training

To begin training immediately, click the first link.


Already Have an Account

Start Training

Click here to begin training.

Begin Training


  • Enter your email address.
  • Enter your password. If you have forgotten your password, follow the instructions to have your password emailed to you or contact your Safe Church Minister. Please do not create a new account.
  • Press Sign In.



Click on the name of the training module you want to take. If you are not sure which modules you are required to take, click on the Training Modules Chart to find out.



Below are answers to some of the most common questions asked about Safeguarding Online. For further help, contact your local Safe Church Minister or the Diocesan Safe Church Staff:

Joy Owensby, Safe Church Coordinator

Holly Windham, Background Screening Coordinator

Is there a cost to be trained?


How do I know if I need to be trained?

Please review this chart: Safeguarding Training Chart

Do I need a background check?

Yes. In addition to this training, a criminal record check and sex offender registry check may be required in any state where the trainee has resided during the prior seven years. A DMV check may also be required. Background checks should be renewed every six years. For more information, contact the Safeguarding Minister at your organization.

Please review this chart: Safeguarding Background Check Chart

How do I report an incident?

Please click here for more information.

If I have not had a background check, do I still need one?

Not right away. Initially, current staff who began working prior to October 31, 2018, will be “grandfathered in” and will not need to have a background check. However, six years following the full implementation of the new Safeguarding policies (i.e., October 31, 2024), these staff members must undergo a background screening and will be required to have one every six years thereafter (or at whatever interval is required for the position they hold).

Safe Church Ministers

Hardtner Camp and Conference Center

Mandy Holden, Daniel Chapman

Episcopal School of Acadiana

Sharlene Dubois

St. James Day School Preschool

Annelise Eaglin

Ascension Episcopal School

Brandt Montgomery, Caitlin Neal-Jones

Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School

Kelly Davis

Grace Episcopal School

Becky Dillard, Susan DeHart

Trinity Episcopal Preschool

Jamie Carnline

Epiphany Day School

Sabrina Beach

St. Mark’s Cathedral School

Robin Jennings

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Abbeville

Madge McLain

St. James Episcopal Church, Alexandria

Rita Klock

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Alexandria

Jacob Cutler

Christ Episcopal Church, Bastrop

Andrea Gladney

St. George's Episcopal Church, Bossier St. George's Episcopal Church, Bossier City

Kelly Williams

Calvary Episcopal Church, Bunkie

Debra Bubenzer

Trinity Episcopal Church, Cheneyville

Janet Moriarty

Trinity Episcopal Church, DeRidder


St. Luke's Chapel, Grambling


St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Jennings

Phyllis Clark

Church of the Ascension, Lafayette

Brandt Montgomery

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Lafayette

Sabrina Beach

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Charles

Marjorie Collins

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lake St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lake Charles

Boo Kay

St. Michael & All Angel's, Lake Charles

DeAnna Chamberlain

Grace Episcopal Church, Lake Providence


Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Lecompte


Leonidas Polk Memorial, Leesville


Christ Episcopal Church, Mansfield


St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Mer Rouge


St. John's Episcopal Church, Minden

Gillian Brown

Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe

Angie Ford

Iglesia Episcopal La Esperanza de Familias Unidas, Monroe

Ivania Vallejo

St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Monroe

Rita Jefferson

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Monroe

Janis Babb

Trinity Episcopal Church, Monroe


Trinity Episcopal Church, Natchitoches

Caroline Abreu

Church of the Epiphany, New Iberia

Margaret Matthews

Redeemer Church, Oakridge


Church of the Epiphany, Opelousas

Jessie M. Davis

St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Pineville

Virginia Warner

St. David's Episcopal Church, Rayville

Larry Lashley

Redeemer Church, Ruston

Stephanie Thompson

Holy Cross, Shreveport

Melissa Fowle

St. James Episcopal Church, Shreveport

David Scott

St. Mark's Cathedral, Shreveport

Cynthia Anderson

St. Mathias Episcopal Church, Shreveport

Steve Snow

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Shreveport


Christ Church, St. Joseph

Sam Corson

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Sulphur

Pete Lund

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, West Monroe


St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Winnfield

Frank Fuller

St. Columba's Episcopal Church, Winnsboro

Wink Alison

We are the Episcopal Church in Western Louisiana. We are culturally diverse. We are welcoming. We believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world. And we know that God loves you – no exceptions.

PO Box 4330, Pineville, LA US 71361

(318) 442-1304

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