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Churches are meant to be sanctuaries from all the evil that happens in the outside world. But for many reasons, churches in America today are becoming targets for protests, predators and maybe even terrorists.

From small country churches to the megachurches that see thousands of worshippers every week, violence in the sanctuary happens far too often.

Of the many churches in Memphis, Tennessee, the largest is Bellevue Baptist Church. Founded in 1903, it has since grown in membership to almost 30,000 people.

Andy Willis, who heads up security at the church, has the monumental job of keeping this large congregation safe.

“Today, churches that speak the truth, that teach and preach true biblical principles, they draw a lot of attention because there are a lot of components of society today that don’t want to hear that,” Willis told CBN News.

“As a church security team, we have to be prepared for those kinds of situations, to intervene and to protect the flock,” she said.


One of Atlanta’s mega Pastor’s Dr. E. Dewey Smith met with Andy Willis at Bellevue in recent months. It’s great to see Leadership taking the safety of God’s people in the House of God serious!

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