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Vietnam Bible Education

Vietnam Bible Education: Saved by Grace

Vietnam Bible Education My name is Lucelia Nicolene Pretorius, but everyone calls me Nicky. I am excited about my free Vietnam Bible Education with the Christian Leaders Institute. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Three years ago,…
minister ministry dreams

Minister In The Making

Minister Ministry Dreams My name is Willie Alexander, and I have minister ministry dreams. I am from the United States. I grew up Southern Baptist. My hunger for God came later in life after I became diabetic in college. I was new to taking…
Restoration Ministry Purpose

Restoration Ministry Purpose: Called For a Purpose on Purpose

Restoration Ministry Purpose: Called For a Purpose on Purpose My name is Fiona Currie, and I have a restoration ministry purpose and call on my life. I currently reside in the Republic of Ireland. I believe God called me here for a purpose.…
Spiritual Faith Journey

Spiritual Faith Journey

Spiritual Faith Journey My name is Allen Humes of the United Kingdom. My life has always centered around serving people. Helping to run a local youth club while in my teens was something I enjoyed. I qualified as a youth leader later in life…
Healing women ministry

Healing Women Ministry

Healing Women Ministry My name is Julie Grossman, and I am called to healing women ministry. I’m from Saint Paul, Minnesota, where I was born and raised, and currently live. We have a thriving Christian Church in my area, and I love being a…
Changed Life

Changed Life: I Choose to Believe in Jesus Christ

Changed Life My name is Christopher, and I have a changed life in Christ Jesus. I was born in Singapore, into a Buddhist family. However, I attended a Christian school (elementary to senior high) as my dad was previously in that school. My…
Women Ministry

Women Ministry: I Found Christian Leaders Institute

By listening to God and then obeying Him, Brooke found CLI online and can now fulfill her calling of working in women ministry in her local community. Women Ministry: I Found Christian Leaders Institute My name is Brooke Brueckner, and I am…
Men Ministry Call

Men Ministry Call: My Call to Faith

.From a horrid past, Raymond has come to know God and has answered His Men Ministry call. Men Ministry Call: My Call to Faith My name is Raymond Mallon, and my home is in Fayetteville North Carolina, USA. Being a Christian leader here means…
Growing Season

Growing Season: Out Of Pain Came A Promise

In this inspiring testimony, Erin writes “I thank God every day for my pain and the trials I endured. Not because they were fun; but because He trusted me to see the purpose in my pain.” Relying on God and His promises she is now experiencing…
Spiritual Journey


Michael’s spiritual journey began at the age of 10 when he first stepped into a church and joined the children’s choir. Follow his inspiring testimony and see how he intends to use his unique skills to promote Christian Ministries through the…
Service Education

Service Education: Educated to Serve the Lord

Service Education My name is Paulina. I am receiving Christian service education with Christian Leaders Institute. The Treasure Coast of Florida in the USA is where I live. I am grateful for Christian Leaders Institute to help further God’s…
Youth Leader Validation

Youth Leader Validation: Final Piece to the Puzzle

Completing his studies at CLI will be the final piece of the puzzle for Sam Atwell. It allows him to get the training needed for his youth leader validation journey.   Youth Leader Validation: Final Piece to the Puzzle My name is Sam Atwell.…


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2015 October Van Gelder Endorsement and Stories of Impact October 2015 Newsletter



Christian Leaders Institute asks graduates to tell their stories. These stories come from graduates in many places of the world. Each story represents a sampling of what God is accomplishing through Christian Leaders Institute. These are only a small portion of the thousands of stories that have been submitted.

North America Stories

Single Father Prepares for Ministry

Francis tells of how God uses a CLI graduate to bring her to Christ. Now she too is a graduate.

Helping Young People Get on Fire for God! 

Canada Woman Shares Story of Overcoming Disablities and Abuse Ready for Ministry Training

Ex-prostitute training at CLI to be a street preacher in Detroit

Small Town Girl Has Big Ministry Dreams

Blind Man is Given Opportunity for Minsitry Training

Central and South America Stories

Brazil Needs Ministry Training

Evangelist In The Making For Future Panama Revival

Colombia Ministry Training

Europe Stories

European Soccer Star Gets Ministry Training

Free United Kingdom Church Planter Training

Netherland’s KLM Pilot Getting Ministry Training

God is raising up Local Leaders in Sweden

Ministry in Russia

Ireland Ministry Training

Romania is Ripe for Revival

Getting Ministry Training in Spain

Free Ministry Training in the Netherlands

Middle East Stories

Effective Free Ministry Training for Qatar

Ministry Training for Turkey

Africa Stories

Free Ministry Training for Zambia

Training Ordained Leaders – Addressing the lack of sound doctrine being taught in Africa

Ministering in Challenging Places for Christianity

Bringing Revival to Liberia

Church Planter in Cameroon

From Polygamous Muslim To Christian Leader In Nigeria

Asia Stories

God Calls Single Woman to Be Missionary in tbe Philippines 

Indonesian Leader Proclaims the Love of Christ in a Challenging Place for Christian Ministry

India Ministry Training Graduate

Thailand Ministry Training

Australia and New Zealand Stories

Housewife in Remote Australia Gets Ministry Training

Man With A PhD Sees the Value of Christian Leaders Institute Training

Young Married Man in New Zeeland Training For Ministry

World Island Stories

Hard to Reach Island of the World Now Have High-Quality Ministry Training

Remote Island Gets Ministry Training

Free Ministry Study Opportunity

Free Ministry Study Opportunity

My name is Russell Chiputura, and I appreciate the free ministry study opportunity at CLI. Being born in Chitungwiza, Harare, Zimbabwe, I live in Harare. I am a writer/author, entrepreneur, and speaker. I founded an organization called Revive and a company called Strategy. Revive is an organization that preaches the gospel through articles, books, and visual content. Strategy is a company that provides businesses with formal structures to run a successful business. I am the elder son of two in our family.

Early Life and Conversion

I have no Christian background. Regardless of my poor Christian experience, I found myself interested in going to church. When I was around six years old, I would insist on going to church even if I had no one to accompany me. I attended a local Seventh Day Adventist church in Chitungwiza. They had a class that I attended, and they shared Christ with me. That is when I was born-again. The love of Jesus continued to be evident everywhere I went after that.

When I was 14 years of age, I received a prophecy from a school mate that God had called me. It didn’t make sense to me then. Calling was not an easy thing to embrace. I later became the president of my school scripture union and held many leadership positions. I was destined to be a leader but thought I was not. When I was 18 years old, I received a definite prophecy that God had called me into ministry.

Ministry Journey

The knowledge of the calling upon my life triggered a great dilemma. I wanted to pursue accounting, but then, my calling showed up. It wasn’t easy for me to commit to this unexpected path because of my surrounding circumstances. The pastors I knew were not financially stable, and ministry was a most unattractive occupation. My social sphere and my mother were firmly against this ministry idea. Where I come from, academics always win. Getting a degree has proven to be a solution to the poverty crisis. So, everyone offers great praise toward that. Any occupation that doesn’t fall in the range of making money is dismissed and undervalued.

Then, I went to South Africa to pursue accounting. Leaving for South Africa intensified the dilemma. Multiple negative encounters interrupted my accountant journey. Then, I heard God audibly speak to me. He said, “Leave whatever you are doing, do my work.” From that moment, I changed my work direction. I wrote my first book and started to preach at my local church. Then, I moved back to Zimbabwe to be close to my spiritual mentors before I went into full-time ministry.

Free Ministry Training at CLI

I was puzzled how I could tackle all the responsibilities that are demanded by my endeavors. Being a business owner, author, and speaker was challenging. How was I to attend a full-time ministry training institution? When I found out about the Christian Leaders Institute, it was a dream come true. I can fulfill all my life responsibilities and get quality ministry training simultaneously. Now I look forward to my free ministry study opportunity with CLI.


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Teaching Ministry Call

Teaching Ministry Call

My name is Linda Sue Pugh, and I have a teaching ministry call on my life. I live in the United States of America. At the age of 4, I met Jesus Christ. Our pastor’s wife took me to the altar, and there we prayed together. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and He did. As I grew up, our family moved more than an hour away from my home town. I suffered from depression and anger at having to move away from all my friends. It got worse when I experienced bullying at the new school which went to the eighth grade. From there, I went to high school. High school was much better, but I did not always listen to Jesus and made some poor choices.

God has always been faithful. There were times throughout high school I was called upon to either speak in front of a group or to lead a prayer. I don’t know why I was chosen to do those things. But, I know I could not ever deny Christ and say I didn’t want to do that. Other opportunities like these have opened doors to minister to others.

Teaching Ministry Call and Free Training at CLI

Then, the Lord called me to be a Worship Leader in our local church. This position was something for which I felt unprepared. I eventually was asked to sing in a gospel music group. While there, we made two recordings. But these things were not fulfilling in and of themselves. I needed Jesus to be REAL and ALIVE in my life. Marital problems led me to call upon Christ earnestly, and He showed up.

I attended college and received my Master’s Degree in Special Education Administration. Since that time, I joyfully teach adult Sunday school class and speak to people routinely about Jesus. I was not pursuing this for my benefit, but because God ordained it. My decision to embrace this and run with it has been fulfilling! I also lead women’s Bible studies at least once a year in my home, and I just returned from my second mission trip to Honduras.

Now I am studying at Christian Leaders Institute to learn more about the Bible and to receive ministry training for my teaching ministry call. So, what does God have in mind for the rest of my life? I am not certain, but I know that it will be good and meaningful.


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Nursing Home Ministry Calling

Nursing Home Ministry Calling

My name is Terry Comeford, and I have a nursing home ministry calling on my life. I was born in Norfolk, Nebraska in the United States of America. I am an Army Veteran. Shortly after I received baptism at a summer church camp at the age of thirteen, my journey with the Lord started in earnest. It was at this time that I felt that God was calling me to the ministry. I went through a time of searching for truth. That path led me to explore many different religious organizations, synagogues, and churches.

After I left the United States Army, I moved to San Antonio, Texas. I lived there for fifteen years, and I became a funeral director and embalmer. In 1999, I moved back to Nebraska to lend assistance to my aging mother. My mother went into a nursing home, and I started helping with the church services there. She went to heaven three years ago.

Seven years ago, I married the love of my life, Sally Mercado. When I married Sally, I started to make a fully committed effort to follow Jesus. The best decision of my life. Together we share our passion for Jesus in a nursing home ministry. I started doing Bible teaching, preaching, and leading the worship service as I mentioned earlier. We do a complete service with communion for the residents. I am also the leader of a men’s group at our local church.

Free Ministry Training at CLI

This free online ministry training at Christian Leaders Institute is a huge blessing as I answer my nursing home ministry calling. I did not want to go into debt for my ministry education. These classes at Christian Leaders Institute are very informative and have helped me to grow. They made me think through so many of the leadership challenges and blessings that are faced. I look forward to studying more for my nursing home ministry calling.


Learn more about ordained minister study programs at Christian Leaders Alliance.

Interested in collegiate credentials check out Christian Leaders College.

For information on a restorative justice program, check out Ignite Restoration.