Mentor ministers are ordained through the Christian Leaders Alliance. These Mentor Ministers have expressed their willingness to mentor Christain Leaders Institute students and graduates in their ministry training. If someone needs to be ordained, these mentor minister will assist if needed. Each Mentor Minister has gone through the ordination process with Christian Leaders Alliance. This directory is growing and reaching more places.
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Fort Wayne, Indiana 46885
Brian De Cook surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in 1976 when he was 15 years-old. He was introduced to Jesus through the witness of a treasured friend and his grandmother. He spent the next 25 years trying his very best to live the Christian life ... and he failed miserably, according to Brian's testimony.
Then in the late 1990's, He listened to a series of messages by the late Major Ian Thomas that transformed his relationship with Jesus Christ. He learned from the Major the simple truth that only Jesus Christ can live the Christian life and that He wants to give that life to His people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
From that time onward, He began to let the Lord live His life.
Brian began to be burdened by the way Christians respond to conflict. As an attorney, he was very familiar with conflict and its potential to destroy relationships. Most of his Christian clients knew that the Lord commanded His people to pursue peace and reconciliation, but in our culture, the United States, there is an emphasis on winning every argument and never admitting that you are wrong. He began to pray and ask the Lord what He wanted him to do with this burden.
At that time, the Lord began to answer his prayers by leading him to two ministries that eventually led him away from the practice of law and into the full-time ministry of equipping and encouraging people to respond to conflict in a manner that glorifies Jesus Christ. Those ministries were Peacemaker Ministries and Christian Leaders Institute.
At that stage of his life, he was running a law practice and raising a family of four children. There was no reasonable way for him to attend Bible College or seminary. CLI was a perfect fit! CLI provided him with the opportunity to receive training at no-cost and the flexibility to study at a pace his schedule could afford. He has taken classes at CLI and received his Commissioned Pastor Ordination.
The Lord has used his CLI training to equip him for a ministry called "Peacefire" that is international in scope (over 140 countries served), but personal in its delivery. Peacefire provides free resources to brothers and sisters in Christ who are called to serve people in conflict. As a result of the training he received at CLI, Brian closed his law practice. In addition to serving as the Executive Director at Peacefire (www.peacefire.net). he is also the Pastor of Congregational Care at Harvest Fellowship in Leo, Indiana.
Brian gives executive leadership at the Christian Leaders Alliance. He, unfortunately, has limited time mentor individual students.
Henry was the last born of four in a loving Christian home. He was called into ministry at the young age of twelve. That calling was confirmed through his teen years.
Henry was married to Pamela Feddema in 1983 and together they moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Henry attended Calvin Theological Seminary and graduated with a masters of divinity in 1987. After starting some churches and working at the Bible League, Reyenga started Christian Leaders, NFP in 2001.
Christian Leaders Institute was added in 2006. Christian Leaders Alliance was formed in 2014, with Henry as the Elder-Director.
Henry and Pam have five children and many grandchildren.
Her ministry dream is to partner with other Christian leaders, ministries, churches and outreach centers to teach, disciple and mentor new Women believers and Women's Christian Leaders. Her passion is the women are fully rooted and grounded in the word in order to avoid going astray or shipwrecking their faith. She has written devotionals for women.
Laurie has a pastor’s heart for women, who were raised in the church but have fallen away, or baby Christians that were not disciplined and never grew their faith. The Lord has put so many of them in them in her path; disillusioned by legalism and “religion” they are hungry for Gospel of truth and grace. She has ministered to women who have been successful in business but found their lives empty.
Jayme became a Christian many years ago while sitting in the quad at my high school. A friend walked over to her, showed her the tract called the "Four Spiritual Laws" and asked her if she knew Christ. It was there that she believed in Christ. Shortly after that, her parents became Christians and her entire family made a decision to follow Christ. Her father is now an ordained pastor and her mother went to Bible College; later becoming a hospital chaplain.
Jayme has served in many ministries over the last 20 plus years, including blogging, children's, hospitality, teaching, speaking, small groups, evangelism, and prayer. She is currently a leader in a growing women's ministry which has many facets including seminars and outreach. Her group is a marketplace group and is dedicated to sharing Christ with women and helping them find wholeness in Him. They have a burden for the underserved; especially women and children. She is passionate about seeing women come out from the bondage of substance abuse, domestic abuse, and self-abuse. She seeks to lead those set free into a life with Christ.
Jamye is ordained as a Commissioned Minister at Christian Leaders Institue. She is willing to encourage others who have been called into ministry. She desires to be a local resource to spread revival to her community.
After being a single mother for a time, she has been happily married to a Godly man for a long time now. Not only does she have four children, but also at least one grandchild.
She has completed over 40 credit hours of ministry training and has been promoting Christian Leaders Institute to others.
Jay is called to serve under his pastor to reach his community. His willing and servant's heart is modeled in his ministry.
Breland was born the youngest of 7 in Los Angles, CA in 1975. His parents were married twice, before getting divorced after his own birth. He was raised by his grandmother in Compton, CA
From my early age, Jay realized that God had his hand on him. His grandmother was a Christ-like example that impacted his life as she demonstrated, love compassion, Grace, and wisdom for me. By the age of 12, He sensed the call to ministry.
All was not perfect, however, in his youth. He was armed robbed by gunpoint and or knifepoint at least 5 times yet God intervened each and every single time.
He also developed a pornography habit, that eventually destroyed his own marriage. At age 36, he was divorced and had hit rock bottom.
Jay wrote, "I remember I felt like a failure because my behavior was an embarrassment to God during my marriage. "After the pity party, God once again spoke and said: 'therefore there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus'."
Years later and with God's restoring presence, Jay is now in his early 40s and walking with God. He has been tested and now serving under his local pastor.
He is willing to mentor others who are on the path of ministry.
Byron Center, MI 49315
Steve Elzinga faced deep doubts while at Calvin College. The Lord became evident to him as he contemplated the issues of life. Steve responded by heeding the calling into ministry.
That calling brought him to complete Calvin Theological Seminary, and plant churches and work with the Bible League. He was connected to the start of Christian Leaders Institute in 2006 and has been a pivotal professor and influencer at Christian Leaders Institute.
Steve is the senior pastor at Pathway Church in Byron Center, Michigan and one of Christain Leaders Institute key professors.
He is married to Marie, who serves as the music minister at Pathway Church. Together they have four children and many grandchildren.
Roy was born the seventh of eight children in Wilson County North Carolina and was raised by a single parent (mother) who shared her faith in God with him and my five surviving siblings. His mother would share her Christian belief with all of her children in a non-threating way regardless of her living conditions, whether on top of the mountain or down in the valley she maintained consistency in her faith-walk.
Roy's walk with God has faced many challenges. Though the grace of God he is now a parent of a college-age son. Roy was divorced many years ago, but through the grace of God, he has maintained a gracefilled relationship with the ex wife. They maintain a strong friendship/co-parenting partnership in raising their son.
Roy is employed as a youth and young adult specialist/coordinator. He assists young people with best practices regarding employment and educational pathway opportunities to enhance their personal and professional development.
Roy has been ordained as a deacon minister and serves under Rev. Walter Lucas at Faith Tabernacle Church as Associate Pastor in Worcester, Mass. Roy also serves on the board of directors of Christian Leaders Institute.
Davenia "Dee” Taylor has been married for for over 26 years to Mr. Robert Taylor. The have with three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.
Her family (Mother & Father) moved to Atlanta in 1980. Her family moved from Chicago to Atlanta due to my father being sick with breathing and lungs problems, the Lord granted my father 34 more years of life.
Dee's mother was the first person to receive salvation in the family. Her mother held her own revival services including Dee, brother, and a friend. Dee got save one day while looking at the PTL club. Dee was 17 years old. Though her mother prayed that she would receive the Holy Spirit, Dee struggled having one foot in Christ and the other in the world.
In the course of time, while being a mother, God saved her to live a life worthy of a calling to ministry. God freed her from the use of drugs and her calling for ministry was born in 1991.
Dee found Christian Leaders Institute in 2011, the experience and teaching she received has been a great blessing in her ministry and her life. The Lord put on her heart to become a chaplain. She is passionate about raising up Christian leaders.
CLI training has opened doors for John to serve in ways He did not think possible. He have been involved in a small church in a town near where He lives. This church was going to close it’s doors last fall when a group of churches stepped in to provide ministerial and financial support. He has been able to preach there on a monthly basis for several months, have gotten to know several new bothers and sisters in Christ. It is not completely evident what God has planned for that small church, but His timing is perfect.
John was not alway close to God. He had put God on the back burner, and when he needed help, he cried out to Him. About a decade years ago, his first wife passed away. He spent many years mad at God and drinking excessively.
His son pulled him out of the mire and re-introduced me to God. Since that time, John has rededicated his life to Him, and realize now that He is the reason He is here and can do nothing but live His life for God.
Since that time, God has blessed John with a new church family and especially a beautiful new wife. John married Barb in the summer of 2015. She is a true gift from God. Barb has walked with John every step of the way.
John is a commissioned minister at Christian Leaders Alliance and is willing to encourage others to follow God's calling.
George came to know the Lord at the age of 8 with his mother during a Nicky Cruz rally in Ponce, PR back in 1974. Nicky and his father had been friends in their youth. After listening to his testimony, George felt the Lord touching his heart and he asked him to touch my mother’s heart so they could both be saved.
In the course of time, God has brought George back from a severe illness that had him basically on a hospital death bed due to complications of diabetes. He wasn’t following Him. He hadn’t answer his calling. He was running from everything he knew was right. His mother was praying for George. She had the church praying for him too. George got on his knees and prayed too. He asked the Lord to forgive my sins, to restore him. After that the doctor found how to treat him.
George was launched to a new living relationship and calling.George has completed more of the courses at Christian Leaders Institute. He is considering more studies and he is on fire to reach the lost. He is also willing to mentor others on a ministry path.
These Mentor Ministers have been nominated by other ministers as a CLI ordained graduate who will be a resource for other Christian Leaders. Mentor Ministers are added through a nomination and interview process. Mentor Ministers may be removed for various reasons, such as the “Mentor Minister” is now too busy. Other reasons may also play a part.
Mentor Ministers have agreed to the doctrinal statement of Christian Leaders Institute when they enrolled at Christian Leaders Institute.