I was born in Greensville, Kentucky. Our family moved to Houston, Texas, in 1978, when I was 11. Growing up, my family did not attend church. During my teenage years, I was lost. In high school, I lacked direction and just “winged it.”
As a result, I was a father at 19 to a wonderful son (also named Stephen) and did marry but divorced 20 years later. I provided well but used alcohol often. I felt empty. By the time I was 39, I needed a change. So, I also quit drinking.
Christian Life and Gradual Change
Christianity was the only religion that made sense to me. So, I turned my life over to Jesus after watching a Billy Graham rerun. But, it still took another three years before I stepped foot in a church. I didn’t have a Christian friend to talk to. I had put drinking behind me, but there was so much I needed to learn.
After years of prayers and gradual changes, the right people appeared in my life. This helped me understand what a Christian walk means. I haven’t been the same since. My relationship with My Lord and Savior became a beautiful thing. Thus, I started feeling the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Praise God!
Moving Forward towards My Dream
The salvation from Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit redeemed me. My dream at 54 is to commit the rest of my life to helping as many lost people as possible. I also want to help other Christians on their daily walk with God.
Thank you, CLI, for this ministry training and certification opportunity! I am grateful for God’s grace and mercy. I am also thankful that CLI offers a way to work towards certification in the ministry at our own pace. And at NO COST! (Unheard of these days). Recently, I have had some health concerns. I don’t see how this could have been possible without CLI’s approach and scholarship. Since I started, my life has been on the up and UP!
Powerful prayers answered and a dream that is coming true. God bless you all!
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 Part 1 &2.
After you register, you will automatically be enrolled in the “getting started” course. When logged in, you will locate the course at your “home” button. 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, and 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.