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Safe Sanctuaries Background Checks

Background checks are provided for the Conference by Employment Screening Services. ESS is a Birmingham-based company proven to provide quality background checks quickly returned at a reasonable cost. Shelia Benson is the executive director of Employment Screening Service, a woman-owned small business in Birmingham. The firm offers a full menu of background screening services including criminal checks, business credit reports, credit checks, federal civil records, drug testing, motor vehicle checks, education, employment and reference verifications, peer credit reports, professional license verifications, Social Security number trace, worker's compensation reports, Office of the Inspector General, sex offender checks and electronic fingerprinting. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 866-859-0143 or visit

For the purposes of Safe Sanctuary policy, background checks include a social security trace, a state background check, a national criminal check and sex offender check (instant criminal).

ESS Branch Accounts for Churches

Recently, the North Alabama Conference has created the opportunity for churches to create their own ESS branch account at no additional cost. These branch accounts feature conference pricing ($12 per background check) and include the required background checks according to Safe Sanctuary policy (a state background check, a national background check, a sex offender check and a social trace). Churches receive their own login to create and receive background reports, and the reports are also available to the conference, to provide for an additional safe location for filing, as well as eliminating the duplication of background checks for conference events (children, youth, camp or ERT). An additional advantage is providing churches with their own billing processes to pay ESS directly after batches of checks have been performed or allowing individual credit card payments for the checks. It puts the church in control of your background check process!

To create a branch account for your church, click here

For questions about branch accounts, contact the Connectional Ministries Office at (205) 226-7933. 

Processing Background Checks on Conference Account

To process the form for your church and receive the conference's rate, please adhere to the following instructions: 

  1. Complete the form at the link provided here (or below).
  2. Have each person fill it out COMPLETELY (signature, SS#, DL#, full name & address)
  3. Include an email address for the report to be returned. It is recommended to provide at least one email address of the church office, the SPRC chair, the pastor, or the person maintaining Safe Sanctuary policies and background checks to receive the report (individuals listed on the background consent may also receive a copy for their records). They should be kept in a locked file cabinet, in order to refrain from releasing confidential information.
  4. Background consents are $12 per person. Payment can be made in the following ways:
    • Credit Card (which is fastest and preferred): If paying by credit card, you may submit the forms directly to ESS at the fax number or email provided on the form. 
    • Check: If paying with a check, mail the first page of the form and a check for the total amount of consents being run ($12 per person) and send directly to ESS (check payable to ESS). If ANY consents are sent to ESS directly without payment, they will be refused. If paying by check, you will need to download and complete a paper consent form and mail with a check to the address below
      • ESS's address is: 
        2500 Southlake Park
        Birmingham AL 35244

For more information on processing your form through the Conference, please contact the Connectional Ministries Office at 205-226-7933.

Click here to complete the Background Check Consent with credit card payment.

Click here to download the Background Check Consent form to mail in with a check.