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Subdeacon Bede Colvin

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


Licensed Private Investigator and Contractor Consultant specializing in Faith Communities, Religious Institutions, Non-Profit Organizations and Insurance related issues, Subdeacon (Sbdn) Bede Colvin 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. Sbdn Bede is a Facilitator for Darkness to Light’s “Stewards of Children” program. Sbdn Bede is licensed in Washington State, and is president of a Washington State based private investigative agency, and active in several professional associations.

Sbdn 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 served in the US Navy and Naval Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant. Sbdn 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 investigations of high profile criminal, environmental, maritime related deaths, and violations of International Treaties. He holds several awards and recognitions from several federal, state and local agencies.

Sbdn Bede, as he is known in the Orthodox Church, is a devoted husband and parent of two sons and two daughters, a grandfather, 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 an ordained Subdeacon in the Orthodox Church, and has provided presentations and briefings to various academic, ecclesiastical, fraternal and philanthropic organizations, and numerous governmental agencies.


Sbdn 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
  • Stewards of Children – Darkness to Light Facilitator

    Sbdn Bede is available for providing contract investigative services to clients.
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