Resources for the Presbyterian Pew


In 2019, the General Assembly of the PCA Commissioned an Ad Interim Committee (AIC) to report on "best practices and guidelines that could be helpful for elders, Sessions, Presbyteries, and agencies for protecting against these sins and for responding to them." This report was published in 2022.

From the PCA DASA Committee

From the PCA DASA Committee

From the PCA DASA Committee

From the PCA DASA Committee


"The Committee's mission was to provide resources to God's people to help and encourage them respond well in cases of abuse in the church. The committee completed its charge in June of 2022 though this is really only the beginning of the work to be done in the church to provide help to victims and accountability to perpetrators of abuse."

Ann Maree Goudzwaard, member of the PCA DASA Committee "The story of Help[H]er began when we asked the question, “How can we help pastors and church leaders care well for women in crisis?” The answer was to provide rich resources and
competent care providers. At the core of our mission is the desire to assist the church as they care for women."

"Shining a Light on Adult Clergy Abuse: We provide info & resources to those affected by clergy sexual misconduct (CSM) & ministries desiring to be a safe place."

"Confronting Toxic Leadership and Brining Healing to Survivors"

"Psychologist and international speaker working with trauma survivors, caregivers and clergy around the world."

Donna Westcott, Licensed Professional Counselor writes about the intersection of theology and mental healthcare "In my experience, it is impossible to keep these two subjects separate, theology and psychology. They are simply different facets of reality. To do justice to either, I must do justice to both. That is my goal in my writing and the work I do as a Christian Licensed Professional Counselor."


"On the "Safe to Hope, Hope Renewed in Light of Eternity" podcast we help women in crisis tell their story with an eye for God's redemptive purposes. All suffering is loss, but God leaves nothing unused in his plans. We help women see his redemptive thread throughout their circumstances and then look for opportunities to join with God in his transforming work."

"Goal: To better understand the experiences of women at our church (Grace Presbyterian Church of Silicon Valley) in order to help guide conversations around how we can be a better, more effective community and witness of Christ in the Silicon Valley."


by Darby Strickland

A Biblical Guide to Identifying Domestic Abuse and Helping Victims

by Diane Langberg

Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church

by Diane Langberg

How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores

by Natalie Hoffman

Making Sense of Your Confusing Marriage: A Christian Woman's Guide to Hidden Emotional and Spiritual Abuse

by Gretchen Baskerville

Hope for People Leaving Destructive Relationships

by Wade Mullen

Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse--and Freeing Yourself from Its Power