My name is Cheyenne Stalter. I am 28 years old and live in Naples, NY with my amazing husband Chad and our beautiful 7-month-old daughter, Briar. Recently, I found the Christian Leaders Institute with Bible knowledge classes online (Learn more about Bible knowledge classes online, Click Here).
I tried college but never made it through the first semester due to a loss in my life. So, I went on to work as a nanny until I got a job at the company my mom worked at that developed medical devices for heart surgery. I worked hard there for eight years and found my way into the patent and trademark department. After having my daughter this past February, I became a stay-at-home mom and left my career. It was a tough decision, but the best decision I have ever made.
Growing Up as a Christian
I grew up as a Christian. My mother took my two sisters and me to church every Sunday, however, my dad never went with us. I was a shy kid and struggled with mental breakdowns. My mom told us what was right and wrong, but then sometimes did what she told us was wrong. So, I was a confused Christian kid for a while until my grandma took over.
My grandma was my mother’s mother. She raised me when I was little while my parents worked. She imprinted on me as a mother more than my own mother did (Now as I am 28, my mom feels bad she wasn’t there for me more when I was younger). My grandma, who I called “Mama,” taught me to pray before every meal. We also did little Bible studies every day. She even brought me to Vacation Bible School (VBS) every summer. VBS is where I was saved when I was seven years old.
As I didn’t fully understand what I was doing then, I asked Jesus into my heart again when I was 15. My youth pastor at that time was amazing. He is the one that ordained my husband and me. He climbed a mountain with us in the Adirondacks during COVID to ordain us! It was beautiful.
Drawn Closer to God
Anyways, I have always believed in God, but not until something happened that brought me closer to Him. It was Thanksgiving night in 2012. I was living with my grandparents while attending a community college. My grandma had cancer (she was a heavy smoker). She went into a coma a couple of weeks prior and slept in a hospital bed in the living room. It was around 11:00 at night. I was sleeping on the floor next to her bed when my mom woke me up to say grandma had passed.
I had been crying for weeks, asking God why He was taking her from me. She was the only one who helped me with my problems and was there for me when I was having a breakdown or having a bad day at school or fighting with my sisters. She was my best friend. But after my mom told me, I pulled the blankets over my head and didn’t cry a single tear. I felt my mom lay down on me and hug me. I could feel her warmth and compassion towards my sorrow. But as I lifted my arm around the blankets to hug her back, there wasn’t anyone there. That is when I knew God was telling me I would be alright and that “Mama” was in a better place.
My Calling to Minister to My Daughter and Possibly Other Kids
Since my grandma passed away, my life was on a constant roller coaster being on the right and wrong paths until I met my amazing husband. He is a gift from God. I truly believe we were made for each other. We bought some land in the Bristol Mountains and built our cabin ourselves. We got engaged four months after meeting, married the next year, then decided to become parents.
Our little girl is what made me search online for classes I could take to better educate myself on the Bible. I also just want to be a better Christian. I try my hardest but I am not good at speaking, so I try to show people about God by my actions. However, it’s not enough for me. I am not knowledgeable in the Bible even though I have read through it a couple of times. I also want to be a good Christian role model for my daughter. In this day in age, there is so much evil out in the world that my duty as a parent is to protect and guide her and any other kids that we may have. Especially in schools right now, and sadly, I do not see this changing or getting any better for a while.
I want to create a homeschool curriculum to teach her the correct history of our planet and our country. I want to teach her how to survive in the world as an adult and homestead and be a Christian wife and mother someday. But most of all, to know God and our purpose for being here on Earth. Maybe I can even create one that could be taught by other mothers around the country.
Bible Knowledge Classes at CLI
I have a lot of creativity and drive, just not enough knowledge yet. However, I am willing to put in the time to get there. That is my goal in furthering my Bible knowledge and taking classes at Christian Leaders Institute. I don’t have a steady income anymore, so I am very thankful to have stumbled upon such an amazing place as Christian Leaders. I am very excited to see where this takes me!
Steps to Sign Up At Christian Leaders Institute
Step 1 – Register for a free study account that automatically enrolls you in the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Parts 1 &2.
After you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the “getting started” course. You will locate the course at your “home” button when logged in. Scroll down to find the Christian Leaders Getting Started Course Part 1 &2 Link. Click the link and open the course.
Step 2 – Complete Part 1 of this course. Then you can enroll in mini-courses or regular courses.
The Christian Leaders Getting Started Class Part 1 shows you how to enroll in courses and mini-courses. Part 2 of the course connects your calling into ministry with programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute. Part 2 will offer some ministry training and introduce you to the other programs offered through Christian Leaders Institute.