Recent events have caused many women to wonder if their church or ministry is a safe place to work and worship. Are they safe from abuse? What if they become a victim? Will their voices be heard? Rachael Denhollander is an author, attorney, and advocate for abuse survivors. She joins Chris and takes your questions about how we can make our churches and Christian organizations physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe for women.
Rachael Denhollander is an attorney, advocate, and educator who became known internationally as the first woman to speak publicly after filing a police report against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, one of the most prolific sexual abusers in recorded history. As a result of her activism, more than 250 women came forward as survivors of Nassar's abuse, leading to his life imprisonment. Rachael and her husband, Jacob, live in Louisville, Kentucky, with their four young children.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.