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Safe Church Background Checks

The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina has contracted with a company called Active Screening Faith to conduct background checks. Every parish should open an account (free) with Active Screening Faith as soon as possible.


How to conduct a background check with Active Screening Faith

  • Apply for a parish account with Active Screening Faith. Call to set one up: (toll-free) 866-378-8389, ext. 102. Once you are approved, you will be sent a user name and password to logon to the Active Screening Faith website. Then you can begin processing background checks.

  • All background checks are done online using Active Screening Faith’s AppScreen module. You will log into your Active Screening Faith account, and enter your applicant’s details (First Name, Last Name, Email Address). Then, the applicant will receive an email and follow a simple authorization process online (this takes less than 5 minutes). Active Screening Faith is more than happy to walk you through the process the first time you do one.

  • Once all services within the applicant background check report are complete, a notification email will be sent to both the applicant and you. Both emails will include a link to the Active Screening Faith login page. Utilize your login credentials to enter the SecureSearch Faith Platform and review the results.

Costs and Services

  • The Episcopal Diocese of WNC Screening Package (Protection Package) - $14

    • This includes a multi-state criminal search; national sex offender search, Social Security Number validation, Social Security Number death index search, name and address history search for the past 30 years, and an alias search. It also includes a county courthouse review of criminal records for the past seven years, and a “red-flag review” by Active Screening Faith personnel. Active Screening Faith will add $8 per county if a person has lived outside of NC within the last 7 years or if a red flag has come up.

  • Credit Report - $10

    • For any applicant that will have a financial component in their position.

  • Motor Vehicle Report - $5 + $18 State Fee

    • For any applicant who will be driving a parish-owned vehicle, transporting parishioners, or visiting parishioners off-site.

Note for Clergy

Active Screening Faith can be used for clergy seeking licensing only. For clergy new to the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, or for any clergy who will have cure at a parish in our diocese, background checks will be done using Oxford Documents, and the cost for the background check will be incurred by the clergy or the parish they are serving. The initial cost for an Oxford Document background screening is $155 and can cost more depending on how many jurisdictions the clergy has lived.

Contact Info

Active Screening Faith is a very user-friendly company and they respond quickly to questions and concerns. Please feel free to contact them at any point for help at 866-378-8389 or The contact information is also listed on the first page of the consent form instructions. The contact at the Diocese for questions is Augusta Anderson, Canon to the Ordinary. She can be contacted at

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