At Hedge Protection Ministries, we are not your typical security company; we are a training ministry designed to assist churches with the implementation of a Biblical Hedge of Protection. Our focus is not on installing security systems and physical barriers… but about building the skill sets of men and women committed to strengthening the level of deterrence surrounding your church.
The Hedges we build are ALIVE and with the proper attention will grow thicker, taller, and stronger over time. A living, breathing Hedge designed to dissuade the enemy from targeting your church. Additionally, we can train your people to be ready to respond to just about any event that your church may encounter.
A well-prepared church is one of the most effective means of preserving the peace and protecting the Bride of Christ.
The Founders of Hedge Protection Ministries are first and foremost followers of Christ. Steve Hinton and Steve Visser have a combined 40 plus years of Law Enforcement experience, yet more importantly, they have developed and implemented this very program in their own church. Having done that, they fully understand the pressure and frustration that can come with implementing this type of program given the limited information, experience, and training available to churches today.
Stephen R. Hinton
Stephen recently retired from police work as a Sergeant with over 34 years of service. Fourteen years of his career was spent supervising the Investigations, Patrol and Street Crimes sections. During his illustrious career Steve has had assignments on the SWAT team, the Narcotics task force and ultimately his professionalism led to a special appointment to the FBI. Steve has participated in numerous high-risk undercover assignments and while working as a detective has handled several hundred felony investigations.
Stephen was saved in May of 1969, at the age of 8. He and his wife Denise have been married for Twenty years. Stephen accepted the call to ministry when the Lord burdened his heart to help secure his own church and other churches within the community he served. That call has since led to the creation Hedge Protection Ministries.
Steve has worked as a Police Officer and K-9 handler/trainer while serving nearly nine years in the United States Air Force. He has worked extensively with the NYPD, DEA, State Police from Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania as well as the US Secret Service and the US State Department. He has provided explosive detection dog support for President Ronald Regan, President George H. W. Bush, Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger and several other foreign dignitaries.
After serving his country, his entrepreneurial side drew him toward a career in business. He has developed a variety of small businesses involving Construction, Real Estate and Internet Marketing. Steve came to know the Lord at the age of 37 and has since devoted his life to serving Christ.
He has served in youth ministry, as a Sunday School teacher and in multiple leadership positions in his own church. He answered the call to ministry in 2015 when he joined Steve Hinton in this effort to create Hedge Protection Ministries.
He is a loving father, grandfather, and husband. His passion is missions, writing, and teaching. He is an avid Michigan State fan and claims he is most relaxed when playing golf.