Volunteer Screening

Why do we screen our volunteers who work with children?

  • A child is abused in North America every 10 seconds.
  • There are over 3 million allegations made to law enforcement involving over 5 million children annually.
  • Churches typically do not understand the magnitude of abuse problems.
  • One in five churches in North America have reported allegations of child abuse in their ministries.

 "Because our society is filled with pain, problems and litigation caused by improper conduct of adults who work with children and youth...."

"The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a moral and civil duty to protect the children and youth entrusted to its care.  The local community also has an expectation that the church will provide a safe haven for children who participate in it's ministries."---North American Division (NAD) Working Policy, FB 20.

"Church should be a safe place to bring our children." --Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, Edition 18, pages 168-169.

Our Commitment.....

We, here in the Human Resources Department of Upper Columbia Conference, are committed to assisting our churches and schools in providing safe environments for our children.  Our Volunteer Screening Service provides assistance to each local church in obtaining criminal history checks, personal referencing and personal training to all those who work with children on a regular basis.  In addition, we supply training for the local Volunteer Screening Coordinators who will work with the volunteers in their local churches and schools. Bottom line,  "Our ministry is to protect your ministry" (Adventist Risk Management, Inc.) thus protecting our children.

Directions for Volunteer Screening:
New system with Verified Volunteers available starting March 2017.
Volunteers' Pledge

“Because I want the best possible environment for our children and youth ministries, it is important that we who work with children and youth have guidelines for conduct to protect both ourselves and those under our care.  As a ministry volunteer, I want parents and all others to feel comfortable, safe and confident with me.”--Adventist Risk Management, Inc.

Volunteer Screening Office Hours:

Daily office hours here at  the Upper Columbia Conference  Office are 7:30a.m.-5:30p.m., Monday through Thursday. 

My regular days, part time,  in the office are Tuesday and Wednesday, 7:30AM-3PM, 5PM-7:30PM.

Volunteer Screening Coordinator
Sheryl Janke
509-242-0507 Direct line
509-838-2761 Office
509-838-4882 Office Fax
509-242-1507 Direct Fax


- Protecting the Abused & Neglected Child

- Article: The Greatest Privilege of Protecting Those in Our Care

Verified Volunteers Website
(Coming Soon)


Volunteer Personal References Form