Education in Biblical Studies

Seek First the Kingdom

My name is Sandi Iamurri. Married for 21 years, my husband and I live in Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA. I am studying at the Christian Leaders Institute to further my education in Biblical studies.

I love being in ministry with my husband. We’ve experienced many situations that strengthened and deepened our walk with the Lord. God has been so faithful to us! Our children are in their late teens now and live with us. Our son is currently working as an intern with us at InFaith. We’ve seen God move mountains in their lives. We know that God is not done with our children’s spiritual journeys.

Early Life

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, in a Christian home with loving, hard-working parents. My childhood mainly centered around our family business, which was more highly emphasized than anything else. Unfortunately, this taught me to be more self-reliant than God-reliant. As I approached my late twenties, I had one foot in church and the other in the world, searching for fulfillment, but it left me feeling empty.

Shortly after our church obtained a new pastor, his wife, Ruth, was intentional about getting to know me. Ruth quickly noticed that I was seeking after all the wrong things. During a desperate season of my life, she invited me to be a part of a small Bible study. I gladly accepted. I knew that God wanted me. Through the course of that Bible study, Ruth became my mentor. It was an incredible season. The Holy Spirit moved in my heart. For the first time, I experienced God’s saving grace through His son Jesus Christ!

My whole perspective changed as I pursued the things of God. I grew in understanding God’s truths and experienced Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” All the lessons I learned from attending church during my childhood/teenage years finally became REAL! God restored me to himself and blessed me with godly friendships, a career, and a godly husband, an Evangelical Presbyterian pastor. Reflecting on all this, I see how God was preparing me for a ministry life alongside my husband.

Development of my Spiritual Dream

In the past two churches my husband, Jerry, and I served, I only assisted in the children’s programming. It wasn’t until we needed a lead Sunday School teacher that I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to step up into this role. Furthermore, God led and inspired me to write a curriculum. I developed a passion for studying Scripture and a love of teaching. I used these gifts for His glory for many years by teaching children’s Sunday school, VBS, and women’s Bible studies.

My desire to further my education in Biblical studies began then. However, the timing wasn’t right. My only higher education is an associate degree in applied science from a community college, and I have training in skin care. I worked before we had children and was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years. My husband and I have talked about how we couldn’t even afford for me to take classes online, so we put it off.

Further Education in Biblical Studies

My spiritual dream is to have formal biblical training on correctly and effectively teaching the word of God and sharing Christ’s love with those who don’t know the Lord.

My husband and I work for InFaith-American Missionary Fellowship, a non-profit domestic missionary-sending organization. Our ministry includes traveling to see our missionaries in the field to encourage, pray, speak, and sometimes work alongside them. I pray to utilize my education in Biblical studies at CLI to further the Kingdom as the Lord provides opportunities within our ministry, in the church we attend, and in those whom the Lord places in my path.

Growing into Spiritual Maturity

In 2016, some godly leaders asked my husband to serve on the Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s executive level at their Orlando, Florida headquarters. When we moved in 2017, we had no idea what lay before us. Both our children got involved with the wrong people. Our son, in particular, was targeted by an organized gang that had a nationwide network. The kids were caught up in activities that were our worst nightmare. My husband and I felt helpless. It shook my faith and forced me to question my beliefs.

Thankfully, the Lord brought a group of godly women into my life. They helped me. One woman whom the Lord laid on her heart to reach out to women in the area was so instrumental in my spiritual growth. By the Holy Spirit’s leading, this woman, Tina, formed a group called “The Mat Bearers.” We met once a week for 2 1/2 years, and it was indeed a spiritual transformational season for me. I learned to fully surrender to the Lord amid absolute chaos.

More Growth

Completely humbled by all that transpired with the kids, these women encouraged me, prayed for me, and always pointed me to Christ and the power of His saving grace. I realized I was not putting God first in my life. I was complacent. Gradually, through prayer, reading Scripture, and journaling, the Lord showed me how to prioritize seeking the Lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. The situation with our children did not improve. However, it deepened my walk with the Lord. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” 2 Corinthians 4:17 & 18.

New Direction

In 2020, we felt the Lord calling us back to our home in Pennsylvania. The lessons God showed me during our time in Orlando gave me a new desire to reach hurting women. About five months ago, I discovered the Christian Leaders Institute. CLI’s further biblical education is my spiritual dream come true! I am eager to learn and share what the Christian Leaders Institute teaches me. Further, I want to help other women make seeking the Lord their highest priority.

My husband and I feel that now is the time to pursue my biblical training with this program, which is graciously funded by others. It is beautiful to get a high-quality education. My goal is to get a diploma of Divinity.

In Christ alone, Sandi

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When you log in to the Learning Platform, you will notice that the Getting Started Class automatically appears on your dashboard.    

The Getting Started Class will orientate you to the Christian Leaders Learning Platform and the Programs offered, including:

  1. Ministry Awards, Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees with the Christian Leaders Institute.
  2. Minister Credentialling (Ordination) with the Christian Leaders Alliance, including local Soul Center registration possibilities. 

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