Hello!!!  My name is Wayne Church from the internationally unknown Church family. Just kidding, but the truth is I am probably the progeny of two brothers who left Wales prior to the Revolutionary War and landed at New York. What happened then I don't know but I was told that one of the brothers went south and the other brother went west. In the research I have done you can find large groups of Churches in the area of South Carolina and Georgia andther large groups across the northern states as the wagon trains moved along those trails. There are other large pockets of the family in Oregon and Washington. Those groups then moved south again all the way to Arizona. I have two sisters and a brother that live east of the Mississippi River. Wayne C. Church

Some famous “Church” names include:

Colonel Benjamin Church was a first generation colonist, born in Duxbury, Massachusetts in 1639. 

Dr. Benjamin Church (August 24, 1734–1778) was effectively the first Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, serving as the "Chief Physician & Director General" of the Medical Service of the Continental Army from July 27, 1775 to October 17, 1775. 

Colonel William C. Church, who along with Gen. George Wingate, both Union veterans, formed the National Rifle Association of America in 1871.

Dr. James Robb Church (January 1, 1866 – May 18, 1923) was a United States Army Assistant Surgeon received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Spanish-American War.

 Ellen Church was the first stewardess and flew with TWA. (Pre flight attendant days)

I was born and raised in Ohio and lived there until 1965. My dad had an excellent opportunity and we moved to Doylestown, PA in November 1965. I graduated from Central Bucks High School in June of 1966, just three months before the first TV showing of Star Trek. I worked for a company called Sun Chemical in those days and getting off work to see Star Trek was a major motivator. I am still somewhat a Trekkie and absolutely loved the newest movie or prequel, if you will. I suppose, were the story real, I would have been the kind of kid that would have run a two-hundred and fifty year old Corvette convertible over the cliff (The "history" of the movie does not match the existing "history" of Star Trek.)

Instead of going to Starfleet Academy I got the opportunity to join the United States Marine Corps in 1968 on an aviation guarantee. I spent four years going to school and working on A-4E Skyhawks.  They were a real workhorse of the Vietnam War and those pilots saved a lot of lives.

VMAT-102 A4E Skyhawk taking off from MCAS Yuma
Squadron Coffee Cup with Logo

This was actually "my bird." In the last year I was the skipper's plane captain and this was "his bird." The coffee cup has the actual squadron logo on it.

I was honorably discharged in 1972 and started college at Indiana University in Bloomington. My course field was Forensics and Police Administration. While there I started the first chapter of the IU Veterans Club.

In 1975 I decided to go back to Arizona. I had spent most of my tour in Yuma and I liked that part of the country. I set up shop in Phoenix and started a career in Security. My first assignment was as a dispatcher for a company called Continental Security Guards owned by a man named Howard Anderson. At the time I worked for them they were the largest contract security company in Arizona.  

In October  1977 I met my future wife (didn't know it at the time) and we have now ( January 7, 2012) been married for 34 years. She was a Christian and I was only nominally so, having never accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.

In October, 1978, our first son was born in Pomona, CA. One day, in April 1979, on a Saturday as I remember, I had this strange feeling that I wanted to go to church on Sunday. I told my wife and I thought she would faint.  Being the creative pragmatist that I was and am, I decided  to find a church by taking the Saturday church page in the newspaper, spreading it out on the floor, then with closed eyes we both picked one. Well we ended up on the same church in San Dimas called "Valley Church". We went on Sunday night not knowing what to expect. At the end of the service, the pastor asked if there was anyone that had not accepted the Lord as his or her "personal Savior" and my arm, literally, shot straight up.  It wasn't like there was any conscious thought; it just "went up." That was the start of a very fulfilling and challenging Christian walk.

Now back to the career side, in December 1977 I was sent up to the Pomona, CA branch for Continental and managed it until March 1980. In that same month I was sent to Tucson, AZ to manage the branch there and that included security officers, security patrol and armored car services. That was a fantastic adventure and I learned a lot about team building and turn-around management skills. My team built a very successful operation going from a projected $10,000 loss by the end of 1980 to a 100% corporate contribution and a $95,000 profit at the end of 1982. We increased the armored fleet from two 1965 GMC armored trucks to nine brand, spanking new diesel trucks and one of the first armored vans.

While in Tucson, I was attending Victory Assembly of God. At a special meeting with Nancy Harmon and the Victory Voices, I received the "baptism in the Holy Spirit." My life changed even more for the better.

In May of 1983, I accepted a position as the Director of Security working for CPP Security at John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. I spent fourteen years there doing what I have found I like best. I really like keeping people safe and secure. I know that sounds very simplistic but it an incredibly challenging task.  When I arrived, the associate administrator told me that, at best, the security program was bad. What I found out was that "security program" meant one contract security officer patrolling a thirty acre campus housing a Level One trauma hospital from 9p-6a, six days a week( the "day off" floated around the guards schedules). No training, no radio, no outside vehicle and the only supervision was an occasional visit from the contract supervisor.

My first challenge was to evaluate the staff and physician opinions about their personal safety. They largely were very concerned. We initially increased the coverage to one officer 24/7 plus my position. I continued the existing contract service (Pinkerton) and worked with them on recruitment, training, and pay issues.

There are two very true definitions of security. The first is, “Security is incident-driven” and the second is "Hours and hours of boredom punctuated by seconds of sheer terror." It is not just anyone who can work in the security field successfully.

In January 1984 the hospital hired me “in-house” and the career was on. In 1978 I joined an organization called ASIS or the American Society for industrial Security. In March of 1986 I took the their exam having met all the requirements and received the designation of Certified Protection Professional. I still hold that certification today and hold Lifetime Status. Another group I joined was the International Association for Hospital Security (later the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS)). In July 1988 I took their exam for and received the designation of Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator. I carried that designation for fourteen years.

In 1997 I left Lincoln Hospital and took a new challenge creating a healthcare security program for Pinkerton Security and implement it in the Rocky Mountain/ Midwestern States.

In 1998 Pinkerton was sold to Securitas and it became time to start my own security consulting firm. Our product line included security surveys, security inspections and audits. While with Pinkerton I learned how to write and manage webpages. I created the original website for ASIS Phoenix and now in the consulting business I took on the website for IAHSS and Fred Roll, CPP CHPA, a national healthcare consultant

In October 2009, I retired from Security Management  and have started several new adventures including blogging and expanding my speaking and leadership skills in new directions. In addition I have put together 5 collections. Three in Motivational Quotes and two in the Medal of Honor.

So that's the short of it hope you enjoyed.

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