Ministering Journey

Ministering Journey

I’m Jeremia J. Pyuza and I am on a ministering journey. I was born in Marera village in Tanzania, East Africa. I was born into a Christian family which raised me up in a Christian perspective. I’m the firstborn among seven children of which five are alive and well and two are before the hands of God. My father died in June of 2011 after being sick for just a while.

Currently, we are living with our mother. I thank God our family is still in keeping up with a spirit of being in the Lord’s presence. The whole family is saved and all of us believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I become a serious Jesus believer when I was in secondary school. Later on, I was elected as a leader among the youth at our school. My story kept growing especially when I was elected as Deputy Secretary for the youth Christian fellowship at the regional level of which I served for one year.

My story of being in love with God has been strong on my ministering journey. My passion to help others to know Jesus as the only true way to Heaven is the major determinant of who I am today. I have chosen to live the life of ministry despite the facts that I’m a medical laboratory scientist. I completed my bachelor degree in 2015 and currently am doing my Doctor of Medicine program at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University.

I love to serve as a youth leader. Through God’s given gift, I have been able to reach many people through my radio talks, my books, etc. I am expecting to reach more as I’m receiving training at Christian Leaders Institute. I’m teaching children at my local church and this is my third year. My local church has given me the authority to lead kids toward understanding the kingdom of God and I believe a scholarship from CLI will make this dream come true. With the changes in technology, I’m able to bring quality Bible education to the little ones and that is how I found CLI a began my high-quality formal online training.

Learning at CLI has been a very great pleasure as I’m now realizing my dream of becoming a minister on my ministering journey. I know that one of the best things to explore in the world is knowing the truth about my today and my future which is all available in the Word of God. I’m expecting more to come in terms of personal growth toward knowing God, my only Savior.

My ministry goal is to reach more youth and again to reach more souls while being involved in mentoring, leadership, management, laboratory scientist, and medical doctor professional work. I believe Jesus is going to help me attain what I’m supposed to because he is so faithful.

The big challenge in my life has been the absence of any real meaning of life when I fail to consider the presence of God, and for that reason, I feel compelled to be well attached to my Creator.

This ministry education at Christian Leaders Institue free of fees is a true gift for people who are in third world countries or lack resources and who desire to be Christian ministers with high qualifications and credentials.

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Service Ministry

Service Ministry

My name is Melissa Trumbull and I love service ministry. I currently live in Central Texas. I have six children and one grandson. I was raised as a Baptist. As I grew older, I found that my true foundation is the Word of God. I am ordained through a nondenominational church. I currently do not have a church, but I know that God will lead me to the right one.

I have found out through my journey that you lose a lot of friends and neighbors look at you funny when they find out you are a Christian. Religion isn’t a big deal to some. Going to church or saying you’re a Christian doesn’t mean anything unless you have the actions to back them up. This I have found to be my biggest setback: Learning how to continue to grow in Christ while leaving people behind.

My biggest and most exciting part of my discipleship is being with the elderly. Nursing homes are convenient places for people to drop their loved ones off at. Each time I see an elderly person and they smile and are so happy to see me, it melts my heart and fills me with joy. I have the privilege of serving them and being with them in these later days of their lives here on this earth. They have much history to share and God loves them so much. They are exciting people who are loving, caring, happy, warm, and they can “drop it like it’s hot!” I love this service ministry!

I am so thankful for the life that I have and this ministry training opportunity at Christian Leaders Institute! I am thankful for my husband, kids, and grandkids! And, most of all, for being given the opportunity to serve others as well as my Lord and Savior!

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Ministry Education Opportunity

Ministry Education Opportunity

My name is Louis H. Neal III and I have this ministry education opportunity at CLI. I am from the United States of America. I started my relationship with God when I was younger. My parents had me go to church at an early age. When I was 13, I dedicated my life to God. I felt a desire to be one of those that would try to win people to God when the opportunity would arise. But there was a time I walked away from God and did my own thing. I did things that were out of not pleasing to God. But God had a plan for me.

As time wore on, I met my wife. We have been married for 12 years now and have children. After we were married, she wanted to go to church. When I asked her which one, she told me she would like to go to one from her childhood. So, I agreed to go. Not long after, we had a revival. I decided to surrender my life back to God and follow Him. I know and understand that I’m not perfect, but no one is, besides Jesus. I want to be with God and witness for Him. I want to finish what I tried to do when I was younger. I’m 41 years old now, but it is never too late to ask God for forgiveness and turn your life around. It is only too late when you’re dead and gone.

I thank God for redeeming me and I am eager to learn more about Him at Christian Leaders Institute. Through my studies here at Christian Leaders Institute, I hope to grow in knowledge and wisdom and to understand what my exact call is from Him. Thank you for this ministry education opportunity!

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Christian Ambassador

Christian Ambassador

Shalom to all! My name is Gigi Bloodsaw, Christian ambassador. I am from the United States. I am the founder of a ministry, N-Time Deborah’s Network, in October 2016. I am married, a mother of three, two boys and a daughter, and a grandmother of two beautiful angels.

I am the first born of three girls. I was born in 1963, in Milwaukee, WI. My parents were lead to and determined to make sure I was not only educated but had a spiritual foundation, so they registered me in Christ Memorial Lutheran School, at the age of 4. My basic Christian walk as I know it began.

As I write this, I began to reflect back over my life, realizing that as time went on to my teen years, life turned to worldly temptations. Oh, but my God still had His hand on me! The many tests and trials allowed me to take a closer walk with God. The changes and turnarounds, mistakes, bad choices in life, the hurt, and the pain that I have endured, I believe were for my growth and for the Glory of the Lord.

The burden that is weighing on me is the “going beyond” where I am right now, where I have been, and where I am going to. My desire for many years now is to do the Will of God, to encourage, and empower others for we are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God here on earth.

I have been seeking the Lord for direction and training, and I discovered Christian Leaders Institute to mentor me in the area for which I am called. I want what God wants for me. I surrender my all to Him to serve Him in His Kingdom work as a Christian ambassador. CLI is a divine connection for me to assist me in the direction and place not only for me but others as well that the Lord is leading.

I know it is not by coincidence that I found CLI. The Holy Spirit lead me here! Thank You, Holy Spirit! Thank you, CLI! To God be the Glory!

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Ministry Excitement

Ministry Excitement

I’m James Schofield. I live in the United States and I am filled with ministry excitement. I’m a former atheist, who was saved by Jesus Christ through the witness of my daughter, who is a believer, and through a visit to a church designed just for an open-minded atheist, such as I was. I came in with a skeptical mind, but being an aspiring anthropologist, I decided to study this budding culture and through the study, I felt the Holy Spirit move within me the night before baptism when I felt called to pray.

My ministry excitement dream would be to bridge the gap between nonbelievers and believers in order to help those without Christ be more open to following Him. I also want to be able to find the common ground between denominations by using an open heart and mind to transform hearts to follow the Lord in unity.

The Getting Started Class at Christian Leaders Institue has confirmed and firmed up the beliefs I have and strengthened my walk with Christ. It has helped me to grow in my relationship with Him as well as in my interactions with others. It is helping me to begin ministering in a meaningful way.

I feel that the spiritual gift I received from the Holy Spirit would be service (ministry), and as such, I feel I carry the gifts of an evangelist and small group leader. I have been working with small groups for about three months now and have been able to create a deeply meaningful relationship with others and with God. As Jesus says in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” So, I feel the small group is where I am best acquainted and equipped.

My call to ministry came when I was speaking with a member of the church who had been a Christian his whole life. I was able to minister to him with my freshly Christian mind and able to make ties between the Old and New Testament he had never made before. I have found myself to be an open door for others to come to with their stories and troubles.

In my area, Christianity is viewed with a very discriminatory eye and with persecution, much the same as how Paul viewed the Christians before his conversion. I, as an atheist, had had the same view of the stereotypical “Bible thumper” as those around my community have. I aim to change those stereotypes.

My local church has been very supportive of my calling. They feel that anyone called to ministry should have a chance at it. Formal education, though helpful, isn’t required in order to spread the Word and they are there with any resources I need to flourish in my calling.

The scholarship to CLI is so unique and changing to a prospective servant such as myself. I grew up very poor and although I have had success in my life, I still can’t even imagine financially taking on the burden of attending a typical 4-year university or college to receive an education around my calling. This scholarship lets me be able to get the same or higher quality of education a “standard” university would give without the enormous cost. It really is an amazing thing to be able to offer this scholarship to someone such as me. Without it, I don’t think I could ever dream of being able to get the tools I need to make my ministry dream a reality.

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Christian Leader Education

Christian Leader Education

My name is Joselyn Blume and I am receiving Christian leader education at Christian Leaders Institute. I live in Spokane, Washington. I am 52 years old. I grew up in a Christian household. My mom was a missionary’s kid and my grandpa was a pastor. I accepted Christ into my life when I was very young. I was raised in and grew up in a Christian environment, but when I turned eighteen, I made the decision to walk away from Christ. But, thankfully, we have a loving God who patiently waited for me to come back to Him and His forgiveness.

Two years ago, my, then 8-year-old, daughter went to Vacation Bible School and she accepted Jesus Christ into her heart. Then she came home and wanted to tell me all about Jesus. That was a pretty scary awakening for me. Here my daughter wanted to tell me, “a Christian”, about God. She was eight years old and I had never told her about Jesus! That is when I realized I was not leading my daughter in the ways of the Lord. So, a short time later, I rededicated myself to Christ, and now I have a personal relationship with Christ and my daughter does as well.

I am taking the classes at Christian Leaders Institute so that I am able to be a leader, even if only in my home. Christian leaders Institute gives me the opportunity to build my relationship with Christ stronger. CLI has taught me to discover my spiritual gifts. Another benefit of CLI is that I’m also able to lead my daughter and others to walk with Christ. I am also able to help others to find and follow Jesus as well.

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Minister Calling

Minister Calling

Greetings to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. My name is Chuck Smith and I have a minister calling. I currently reside in the State of Arizona in the United States of America. I am 43 years old and have 3 teenage children. Although I feel I have known the Lord my entire life, I have not always listened to Him. I have had my bouts with drug addiction and other selfish behaviors, but God was always there when I would call out to Him. I was baptized with water in 1996 and baptized by the Holy Spirit in 1998 although I didn’t know it at the time.

I had been praying earnestly to speak in tongues while at a Bible study. The next thing I knew, I was speaking in tongues and could not control it. I remember trying to stop my mouth and couldn’t. Then I thought to myself that if this is God, why am I trying to stop. As soon as I quit trying to stop my mouth, I quit speaking in tongues. Although that experience has never repeated itself, it was quite the experience. I have contemplated going into ministry many times during my life and always let fear get in the way (fear of teaching something wrong or fear that I wasn’t good enough, holy enough, pure enough, well you get the idea).

For the last few years, I had pretty much given up on doing anything with my life. I was over 40 and working at a gas station. Then I stumbled across an ad for Christian Leaders Institute while on Facebook and something quickened inside me. I clicked on the ad and prayed about this site and whether or not I should enroll. I was unsure of this whole “free and internet-based schooling” thing. I was led to enrolling at CLI, and although the sessions seemed a bit quirky to me, I felt God telling me to stay with it; that this is what He wanted.

As I went through the class and reflected, God reminded me of numerous times He had called me to be a Pastor (shepherd of His people). There was a time about 7 years ago that a group of people was praying and one of them spoke over me prophesying about my life, but I didn’t give it much thought. Another time, a missionary from Micaiah Ministries that I had seen speak a few times (but never really spoke to personally more than 5 minutes at a time) was having lunch with my local church and asked me why I wasn’t a pastor yet. He remembered me from about 2 years prior to this meeting when I had seen him at a different church in a different town. The specifics of what he said elude me today, but that question has not. That question has hung in my head ever since. I was working at a gas station at the time and was also looking for other employment. That’s when, while praying, I heard God telling me multiple times that I would not find better employment because until I submit to his will, I am basically stuck here (at the gas station).

I also around this time went for a walk to pray and read the Bible. While at my spot reading and praying, I felt God asking me the same thing he asked Peter about loving Him and feeding His sheep. I remember feeling shamed, hurt, and convicted all at the same time. I came to understand at that point that I had a minister calling on my life. I was to be a pastor and am a pastor to those that God places in my life.

Unfortunately, slowly the fire died and I allowed the cares of this world to stunt my growth and therefore my effectiveness for the Kingdom. Then while taking the class at CLI, and doubting my minister calling yet again, God reminded me of these times. He also brought forth the scripture about everything being proven by two or more witnesses – well, I had four, plus God bringing to mind that passage. I now truly feel that regardless of my shortcomings, I have no choice but to obey. Since CLI is generosity-driven and you can work at your own pace, it is the perfect tool for me. CLI gives me flexibility for my time and resources. I know that CLI will help me to learn and grow as a Christian, father, spouse, and friend. CLI will equip me to be a better shepherd while alleviating some of my aforementioned fears. I know not where my journey will lead, but I know that I am in God’s hands. For now, He has me at CLI preparing for what is ahead.

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Spirit Filled Ministry

Spirit Filled Ministry

My name is Peggy Oatis Flynn (recently married) and I am called to Spirit filled ministry. I reside in Tennessee in the United States of America. It is a joy to minister in the USA because you are free to teach the Word of God without being persecuted. I am an ordained minister and over the years have been a Sunday School Superintendent and an Assistant Pastor.

I was introduced to the Lord from birth. All of my family on both sides, biological and adopted parents, belonged to the apostolic church. I grew up playing the tambourine and praising God in the church. I strayed away from the church when I grew up and thought I could make it without God on my side. But, of course, that all changed over time.

My ministry dream is to bring back the power of the Holy Ghost filling the church – a Spirit filled ministry. I want to see people saved and wanting the fullness of Christ. I believe in true holiness and nothing else. My favorite scripture is in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” I believe in seeking God first for all things and everything else will fall into place.

This first class at Christian Leaders Institute has truly been a blessing to me. I have learned so much in so little time. The videos and the readings have truly inspired me to continue pursuing this degree. I love the fact that it is online and I can do it at my own pace, which is fast. It is my dream to share an undiluted Gospel with the world.

There are two words that I identify with that is Pastor and Church Planter. I am constantly getting ideas about how a church should be and how to bring others to the forefront of ministry. I am working on how to start my own church and where. I will go where God sends me. If it is in my home city, then I will do it. If he sends me to another city I will go.

I had a very bad breakup in a relationship before I was called into ministry. I believe it was God’s way of getting my attention. That test was the hardest I had ever faced. But thanks to a man of God that labored with me and taught me who I was, I began to bounce back from a dark place and now I am shining like a star in Christ. I went back to my “first love”. Out of this heart-wrenching experience, I found a Spirit filled ministry calling.

There are some great challenges in my area and the main one is poverty. The poverty level is very high. People attend church, but many do not attend church for various reasons. The one reason I find is that people complain about the pastors begging for money, and they say they will not support a ministry. I want to change that attitude because giving is a part of the ministry and a building up of faith in God that He is the provider.

My local church is very supportive of women in ministry. I have a pastor who loves to assist in any way that he can. His wife is also in ministry and they are very supportive. My family is very supportive of my calling also, especially my mother and husband. My mother is an evangelist and plays a big role in counseling me and mentoring me. My children and other family members are supportive as well.

A scholarship at CLI would help with my dream of one day obtaining a doctorate in ministry. I love the fact that I can take the classes and then at the end receive my degree. It’s truly a blessing to have such a program online.

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Gospel Ministry Calling

Gospel Ministry Calling

My name is Rouvaun Joubert and I have a Gospel ministry calling! I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a sinful man fearing God. A believer that through Christ Jesus I am saved and not of my own accomplishments, but through His love and grace. I am a small business owner, a blessed father of three, and the husband of the most beautiful woman.

I was born in 1988 and grew up in a fairly religious family. From a young age, I thought that I was a believer and a Christian. My beliefs were of a worldly view about what Christianity is and because of this distorted mindset, I fell into the jaws of sin. I never truly gave my life to Jesus Christ, until now. Now I strive to do God’s will, worship God Almighty, through the perfect example of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Most of my life I sat through sermon after sermon, hearing a message about the gospel, never really hearing or getting the TRUE message about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And THIS is the calling to ministry I received to share the Gospel and bring the true meaning of Christianity to all. God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, calls me to share the ONE true gospel.

I can not tell exactly when I received this conviction, but it’s burning in me like a raging fire to ensure that people hear how lukewarm their Christianity truly is and that we all need to repent and turn away from sin.

I was a sinful, arrogant man that served only my own agendas and selfish wants. I spent the money and resources that God gave me, to manage for His will, on worldly sins and the god of self. In 2016, God intervened and humbled me before Him. God took away all monetary and materialistic gods in my life, which I served above Him. I fought with God for more than a year until I couldn’t fight anymore. That is when Jesus spoke to me and told me to repent, to turn away from sin and share His Word. Biblical devotion is the only way, through Jesus Christ (John 14:15).

I came across Christian Leaders Institute in February of 2018 and I truly believe that the Holy Spirit led me to start this journey of ministry training here with CLI.

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Ministry Schooling Dream

Ministry Schooling Dream

My name is Ashley and I have a ministry schooling dream. I live in southeastern Wisconsin in the United States. I live on a small hobby farm with my husband, two children and one more on the way. I was born and raised in a Catholic family and had what I considered a very strong faith until I miscarried our first child. My life was shattered and I traveled down a dark path for a long time.

Fast forward several years when I was brought to my knees facing losing my family, and the Lord moved. He reached out and saved my life. I was a police officer and had been for over a decade but now had a strong calling to leave my position and stay at home with my children. After several years of praying and searching for the right time and opportunity, God literally dropped His plan for our lives in my lap. I was hired to be the part-time director of a pregnancy resource center.

This was huge, I walked away from a significant salary and stepped into the unknown. That is when I found Christian Leaders Institute. God led me to this opportunity, period. Being in full-time ministry, staying home with my children, reaching out to women in crisis pregnancies, and sharing my faith through my newly started Christian Blog, I knew I was going to need to deepen my own walk with God.

The fact that this ministry training program is being offered free of charge was an amazing blessing that I honestly had a hard time believing until I dove in. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and am so grateful for this opportunity! Studying at CLI will allow me to reach other women right where they are, strengthen my marriage, and help me to raise up my own children in the faith.

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Ministry Spiritual Dream

Ministry Spiritual Dream

My name is Elliott S. Parks and I have a ministry spiritual dream. I currently live in Fort Collins, Colorado, where I co-manage a Self Storage facility with my beautiful wife Kisha Parks. I am also the owner and PIC (Pilot In Command) of Fly’n High Colorado an Aerial Photography Company. I take pictures and videos with my drones.

When I think of my “early life”, Proverbs 22:6 come to mind:”Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I’m the second oldest child of four. My mother planted the faith seed in me at a very young age. I remember as a kid living in Hawaii going to Sunday School, hearing church sermons and singing “I’m in the Lord’s Army” on the church bus. My Grandma would always talk about God’s Love, God’s Grace, God’s Mercy and God’s purpose for my life. When I was 8 years old, I gave my heart to Jesus.

In my teenage years, my faith was tested through worldly tragedies. My father became an abusive alcoholic, which led my parents to get a divorce. My dad left and my mom fell into a dark place of depression and turned to drugs and alcohol. She eventually abandoned me when I was 14 years old. This led to a life of trials and tribulations, several failed relationships, and a failed marriage. It wasn’t until 2001 when God sent me an “angel”. She taught me a new way of a life and I was renewed in Christ. At first, it was difficult for me to let go of my worldly ways, but God was persistent and changed me from the inside out.

I’ve always said, “I’ve been on my own since I was 14 years old.” But looking back on all those years, God was always there and calling. He always placed spiritual people in my life to remind me of that, some who even prevented my death.

In 2007, I was blessed to return home to Hawaii. My family immediately noticed the changes and asked, “What happened to you?” I replied, “God happened!” My Grandma was so relieved to see all her prayers for me were answered. It was thanks to her prayers that I was covered by God’s grace, I was restored. My family got to meet my “angel” and we got married on the beach I grew up on. My Kisha, she has really made a difference in my life. She’s the reason I’m typing this. Ever since my renewed walk with the Lord, I have felt the pull on my heart to minister. So we did some research and she emailed the Christian Leaders Institute link. I’m not perfect or have ever claimed to be. I’m no better than anyone else and my sin is no different. I fall but get back up. I start my morning with “The Lord’s Prayer” and end my night with it. I notice all my blessings and take the time to look up and say: “Thank you, Father!”

The introductory video in the getting started class at Christian Leaders Institute asked: “Why are You here?” My answer is my ministry spiritual dream: “We live in a world that is fallen into darkness. More and more GOD is being removed from the equation. I am here to equip myself with the knowledge and tools to be a ‘Lamp of GOD’ in these dark days. May His Light shine through me! Amen!”

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Youth Ministry Journey

Youth Ministry Journey

Hello. My name is Martha Berge and I am on a youth ministry journey. I live in a small town called Beacon Falls in the USA. I am the eldest of two children and the fourth of eleven grandchildren. I grew up in a home with three Christian women in the form of my mother, aunt, and grandmother and an alcoholic father. My entire life I went to church and sang in the junior choir and dance ministry.

I gave my life to the Lord at a very young age. When I was a senior in high school, I started teaching Sunday School. Growing up, my mother supported every decision I made regarding ministry and church. At one point, I switched from a congregational church (that my ancestors helped to found) to a Southern Baptist church. I taught Sunday School and sang in the choir there as well. I went back to the church I grew up in when a ministry opportunity arose three years ago and have been teaching there ever since. I now teach fourth through sixth grades. This is an important class since our fifth graders make their first communion. Apparently, I’m the one teacher who knows the Bible the best, though I’m not that comfortable with my Bible knowledge.
That is why I enrolled at Christian Leaders Institute. A friend got his online ordination without the education, and that made me think about my ministry. I went online and found CLI.

I am an EMT in my town and love serving God and my community in that way as well. It’s hard to not stray when you’re surrounded by people who don’t have that foundation. I have experienced so much spiritual warfare and need to ask God constantly for help in my fight with Satan. I praise God every day for getting me through those tough times.

Growing up, I went through some very difficult times. In the second grade, I was diagnosed with ADD and arthritis. That’s when I started dancing in church. This also presented some hurdles in my education and future as a youth. In high school, I wanted to join the Air Force but couldn’t because of my physical limitations. I eventually received my Associates in Human Services twelve years after graduating high school. I then struggled when I went on for my bachelor’s degree.

Because of my disabilities, I now have Social Security and so don’t have the resources to go to a formal seminary. CLI makes it so easy for me to further my education and advance in ministry. I can get a free education and go on to youth ministry. I look forward to the way God will use me in my home church or where ever He decides He needs me on this youth ministry journey.

In my community, one challenge we face is that everyone is big in sports. Most of the children are on one team or another, and they all have either practice or games on Sundays. Because of this, our Sunday School attendance is dwindling. People seem to have stopped making God a priority. I pray I can help to change that ideology.

Thank you to CLI for this opportunity to be able to serve and get to know Him and grow as a Christian. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for my future on this earth.

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Ministry Education Call

Ministry Education Call

My name is George Clark and I have a ministry education call. I found Jesus but he wasn’t the one who was lost. I was born and raised in a small town, the hamlet of Scott in Saskatchewan, Canada, population 75 people. I was a Sunday School regular until our church was closed. Summer Bible Camps are where I came to know God. My teenage years shut down my relationship with God. Drugs, alcohol, gambling became my new friend. This lifestyle lasted for 38 years. I always felt empty. But recently in a dream, I felt my connection restored to God but he also called me to ministry.

My ministry dream is to reach out to as many people as I can. I hope to reach people and help inspire them in their search for Jesus. Christian Leaders Institute has helped strengthen my commitment to God and has made me more determined to follow God’s leading in this ministry education call. I identify the most with evangelist because I am a committed to preaching The Gospel.

As I look back at my life, the empty feeling was so apparent. My call to ministry is to help others who have that empty lost feeling like I used to. I want to be a tour guide on the walk with God journey for others. Since I still live in a small city in a small province, my area to reach out to is small as well. But with mentorship and fellowship, my ministry dream is coming true. My family has supported my dreams and have confidence in me. The Christian Leaders Institute scholarship has given me the ability to become ordained and has filled me with confidence as I work through my classes.

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Fire Department Chaplain

Fire Department Chaplain

I am Ryan Crawford and I am feeling called to be a fire department chaplain. I am writing this in an effort to inspire those who may want to have a role in ministry. I was born in the mid-1980’s in upstate New York to a young couple out of wedlock. My mother’s parents and other family were devout Catholics and frowned upon it. However, they were relatively liberal about the idea of their daughter having a child while unmarried. I was baptized Roman Catholic and grew up going to the Catholic Church with my grandparents who were heavily involved with their local church.

Then tragedy struck. At about 5 years old, my mother left my father due to him being an alcoholic. My mother and I became “nomads” moving from place to place and finally settling in Eastern Pennsylvania. My mother and I rooted down and finally had a place to call home after chaos for several years. We went to church here and there, mostly on holidays, but we kept our faith and she taught me about God and Jesus. A few years later, my father who was threatened to never see me again, chose to put down the bottle and my parents reunited.

Fast forward to my teenage years. My parents weren’t happy with the ways of the local Catholic church and their congregation so we began “Church Shopping”. We tried the Baptist, Methodist, Evangelical, etc. until we stumbled upon the Lutheran Church where we fit, perfectly. I received my confirmation and attended Sunday School and was at every service for years until we moved and I began my employment as a teen getting ready to get my driver’s license. I worked and worked and worked and I never stopped. I stopped going to regular church services due to my work schedule, but, my faith stayed strong.

I then met a girl in high school. We started an on again, off again relationship my senior year which continued several years after school. We too then had a child out of wedlock. The apple doesn’t fall from the tree in some aspects. We then ended our relationship due to infidelity and went our separate ways with joint custody of our daughter. I questioned God as to how this could happen, yet, my faith never wavered. My work schedule continued to keep me out of regular church services. I had also started in the volunteer fire service at the age of 14 and began to see the dark side of life that most people do not have the advantage of seeing. Death, evil, danger. Maybe not the best thing for a teenager to see. I furthered my experience as a part-time paid fireman at the age of 19 which I still do, however, the years in between, I furthered my education, training, and experiences to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) where I saw even more death.

Fast forward to today. After seeing friends, family and patients take their last breaths which made me think: What have I done with my life? Are they going to Heaven? Am I going to Heaven? What can I do to be closer to God and Jesus? What can I do to help my friends and family be closer to God? My goal now is to further my education in ministry and faith here at Christian Leaders Institute. I want to become a Fire Department Chaplain to fulfill my service to my fellow man and my God.

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Blog Ministry Call

Blog Ministry Call

Hello everyone! My name is Jen Zelop and I am studying at Christian Leaders Institue as I follow my blog ministry call. I live in New York which is on the East coast of the United States. From a young age, I can remember calling myself God’s child because truly that was the calling I heard in my heart. From that point on I’ve always had a desire to grow closer to the Lord. Through my life, I had pockets which included God and unfortunately other times, I chose to walk a path of my own free will. It wasn’t until recently that the calling in my heart to get to know the Lord and live by His word became so strong. I could no longer feel at peace unless I let God reign, and it also included sharing with others how He the potter has molded me.

As God spoke to me, He was clear about my journey with Him and how it should include a formal education. To be honest, I am extremely limited in time with my work and family commitments. So when I first heard this message, I immediately knew I would need God’s help and guidance to make any formal education happen. I personally couldn’t figure out how I could be away from my family for hours at a time in a classroom. Also, where I live, there are no local schools within a reasonable driving distance which would provide the education God was calling me to pursue. All I could do was ask for help from Him and wait for an answer. I asked God to show me a school which could fulfill His will for me and I needed it to be time and financially friendly. One morning during my Bible meditation, I heard Him speak. He told me to open up my computer and type in ministry schools online and there it was: Christian Leaders Institute! I had never heard of CLI and couldn’t believe it when I began my research of the school, it was exactly what I needed. I was so excited to get started right away!

I’m early in my process so I haven’t included my local church on this path as of yet. I will though. I’m excited to receive guidance from my local pastor and the support of our community. As I walk with God, my ministry purpose becomes more and more clear. In my blog ministry call, God put the idea in my heart to begin a weekly blog about my experiences. He even gave me the name: Everyday Living with God. It’s going to be my journey through this process and really what it means to live with God every day in my life. Each week when I sit down to write it, I am filled with love and excitement to share all the wonderful things God has done for me and how he wants to do them for others. I’m also being called to take my ministry to the radio. I’ve had a health and wellness radio show in the past and I’m looking to begin it again during 2018, except this time, it will include God and his Word.
I am so grateful for CLI’s existence. I can only commit to an online program during this time in my life and the fact that it’s free is beyond my imagination! Only God can make something like this happen!

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