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Reader Bede Colvin

Reader Bede is available to speak on: Sexual Abuse, Ministerial Misconduct, Investigative Services and Safety and Security. Learn more »


A Contractor Consultant and Licensed Private Investigator specializing in Non-Profit Organizations, Religious Institutions, and Insurance issues, Reader Bede provides professional advice concerning employee and ministerial misconduct, safety and security related matters supporting client based requirements. He conducts the full scope of investigations involving allegations of employee and ministerial sexual abuse, misconduct, and inappropriate behavior; as well as misappropriation of organizational and institutional funds. Reader Bede is licensed in Washington State, and is president of a Washington State based private investigative agency.

Reader Bede graduated from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (International Law) partnered with an Undergraduate Minor in History (Middle East & Russia). He also served in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant. Reader Bede holds the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Heroism, among other awards.

His professional experience encompasses twenty-five years as a federal investigator engaged in high profile criminal, environmental, maritime related deaths investigations, and violations of International Treaties. He holds several awards and recognitions from several federal, state and local agencies.

Reader Bede, as he is known in the Orthodox Church, is a devoted husband and parent of two sons and two daughters, an Orthodox Christian and an Oblate of St. Benedict. His ethics and professionalism are exemplified daily in his professional, personal and religious life. He strives to incorporate the Rule of Saint Benedict in his daily life according to his station in life. He is a Tonsured Reader in the Orthodox Church, and has provided presentations and briefings to various academic, ecclesiastical, fraternal, and philanthropic organizations, and numerous governmental agencies.


Reader Bede is available for presentations involving:

  • Sexual Misconduct Investigations of Clergy and Ministerial Leaders (concept)
  • Defining the Sexual Abuser and Sexual Predator – the differences
  • Keeping Our Children Safe from Sexual Abuse and Sexual Predators

Consultations and Lectures

  • Investigative Response to Clergy and Ministerial Misconduct
  • Conducting Sexual Misconduct Investigations (for Response Teams & Leaders)
  • Making the Case Before Church Leadership and Episcopal Entities
  • Basic Interviewing Techniques of Complainants and Respondents

He is also available for providing investigative services to clients.

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