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To raise up more Christian Leaders for Revival
Arletia has walked with the Lord for most of her life. She and her husband are called to ministry.
Arletia Mayfield was introduced to CLI through a local mentoring program in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing courses and receiving the Christian Basics Certificate and the Christian Leaders Bible Certificate, She decided to take the Deacon Minister Ordination course to establish a strong biblical foundation as a minister to better serve her community and the ministries we serve. Upon completion of this course, she plans to continue studies at CLI by taking the Chaplain Ministry training.
For over ten years, Her husband and she have promoted the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide through our Global Christian Internet Television and Radio Network - trueGOD.tv. Recently, the Lord called her to the mission field as full-time Mobile Media Missionaries.
Arletia began Christian Leaders Institute in 2014 and became ordained in 2018. She is willing to mentor others in their ministry study or ordination process.
Help women in crisis learn how to thrive in Christ. She is an encourager!
I, Cathy Byrd, am 68 years old. I was married for 48 years to William H. Byrd (Bill). He died August 2020 of COVID 19 complications .
I was raised in a small agricultural community in southwest Georgia. Bill and I met in college at Auburn University. We raised our 2 children, Billy and Charlotte, in Montgomery, Alabama. We moved to Panama City, Florida in 1994 when Charlotte left for college. Bill worked in broadcasting management. I worked in pharmaceutical sales. Our children are married and we have 5 grandchildren from ages 26to 16. We have one great-grandson.
I was raised attending a Baptist Church weekly with my family and was baptized at age 12. I became a Methodist when I married Bill and we raised our children in church. I attended a three-day retreat in 1992 and was moved to a much deeper commitment to Christ. The way I have understood it is that I gave my young and mostly innocent heart to Jesus at 12, recognizing the brokenness of humanity and the need for a savior. But there were aspects of my young life that had not yet come into being- marriage, parenting, finances, career, and so much more. At 38 I had a lot more experience with my personal sinfulness and realized I had not intentionally surrendered each area of my life to Christ, but instead was living a compartmentalized life. So I gave my world-weary soul to Christ at 38. The way I thought about it was that I was actually a religious "churchian" with more of an intellectual understanding of salvation than a fully-devoted follower of Christ until that point. The next five years I was actively invested in growing in faith through fellowship and study with a small group of older women who actively mentored me. Coming of age in the 60s and 70s, I had lived with some culturally-inculcated ideas that were challenged by my growing commitment to Scripture. At 43, during a worship service in which the pastor was preaching on Romans, I made a fuller surrender and gave my mind to Christ. I prayed as I sat there, "Lord, I surrender my need to have all the answers. I ask you to show me what I need to know by the power of your Holy Spirit, according to your timing and your will for my life." My life was dramatically changed in a matter of weeks and I found myself under spiritual attack. Satan tried to take my marriage, my mind, and my Christian witness. It was a difficult year. I spent six days in a psychiatric unit, but felt so profoundly the presence of God and his protection through it all. It was determined that I had been in a depression for at least a couple of years, having experienced a combination of several losses and major life changes and had decompensated to a point of an emotional emergency. I began counseling with a wonderful Christian woman who became a further discipling influence in my life and my mid-life emotional emergency led to a greater spiritual emergence.
I started a weekly Depression Impact Group at my church for women and was active in teaching adult Sunday School, helped start Celebrate Recovery in our county, and in 2002 I started working part time as Christian Education Superintendent in my church. I took a two-year course for paraprofessional certification in Christian Education through Columbia College's eChristian Education program and was certified through The United Methodist Church. I quit the pharmaceutical sales job and returned to graduate school, receiving a Master's Degree in Counseling and Psychology in 2008, making the decision to give all of my strength for the rest of my life to Christ at age 54. I began working with women in substance abuse recovery and other life-limiting dysfunctions and families in crisis, becoming Director of Women's Programs at The Panama City Rescue Mission. I also explored my call to full time vocational ministry through The UMC and started seminary studies and preparation for becoming a deacon, specializing in Christian Education and Counseling. I served at the Rescue Mission until 2014. A change of leadership at the Mission led to my decision to start a small residential ministry for women, Titus 2 Partnership, Inc. This 501c3 non-profit and all-volunteer ministry, now in its fourth year, houses 12-15 women each year, providing intensive discipleship and mentoring toward life recovery using a Christian Twelve Step approach, along with other widely recognized Christian discipleship curriculum-resources and individualized mentoring . We refer to Titus 2's ministry as being "low cost, high impact." The ministry has been well supported financially, through volunteer hours, and community participation. We also do community outreach and case management with families in crisis.
In June 2017 I ended my pursuit of ordination as a deacon in The UMC. The ongoing political and theological divisions in The UMC led to increasing dissatisfaction with the direction of The UMC. I had completed all seminary requirements, the residency, and Clinical Pastoral Education training.
I continue to believe that the Lord has called me to ordained ministry as a deacon for a number of reasons. But I have also come to believe that my covenant with Christ is independent of the covenant requirements of clergy candidates in The UMC.
I serve on staff part time at my local church, Lynn Haven United Methodist, working in community outreach and congregational care as needed, teaching a weekly small group, discipling individual women personally, and other tasks as requested by the pastoral staff. My title is Community Care Minister. I have enlarged my ministry to other activities with other denominational and non-denominational congregations, community agencies, and other non-profit groups advocating for persons living in homelessness, with mental health challenges, substance abuse, or other life-limiting dysfunctions. I serve on the Community Adult Protective Services Committee of the 14th Judicial Circuit, advocating for inclusion of the Christian perspective to the human services problem-solving processes in our area.
I expect to be engaged as a direct service provider of faith-infused transformational education and counseling ministry and as an advocate for community services that bring Christian principles to bear on local human services needs for as long as the Lord gives me strength. My "spiritual dream" is "to know Christ and to make him known" in every way and in every place that the Lord leads me..
I am humbled to serve Christ and His church through ordination as a deacon through CLI. Thank you.
Rev. Cathy Byrd, MS CRSS
To raise up more revival leaders in South Flordia
Charles and his wife have walked with God for a long time. They have ministered in the immigrant communities.
Christian Leaders Institute has given Charles the opportunity for formal ministry training to enhance his ministry.
Charles began Christian Leaders Institute in 2012. He has slower taken over 90 hours of ministry training. He was ordained into the Christian Leaders Alliance in 2014 and is one of our pioneer ordained leaders.
He is willing to assist others in their ministry training and their ordination with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
To raise up more revival leaders in Florida!
Greg Gussy is married and his one daughter. Greg was raised in a Catholic church but came to personal faith over a decade ago. He is involved with a non denominational church here in St Petersburg Florida where he lives.
He has sensed the calling to ministry and started Christian Leaders Institute in 2016. He was ordained in 2018. He is willing to mentor graduates and student in their ministry training and through the ordination process at Christian Leaders Alliance.
To raise up Revival leaders in the Haitian Community and beyond
Itony Telusnord is married and has one child. He was at the university and had a great hunger to know more about God. He had a friend at the university that opened up the Word. That same friend is now an ordained leader with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
Itony works as a professional, but more and more he sensed the calling into ministry. He began his studies at Christian Leaders Institute in 2014. He has a bachelor degree in divinity from CLI. He was ordained as a minister of the Word with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
He is willing to mentor others who are studying at CLI and are seeking ordination with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
To help raise up even more revival leaders!
Jim Tibby lives in Clearwater, Florida with his Wife, Lynne. He was raised in the Church, and He believed in God and Christ Jesus. Growing up, Tibby had all of the head knowledge but did not trust in Jesus. As it has been said, “I missed God by 18 inches” (The distance between the head and the Heart). As a Freshman in college, Jim accepted Jesus as his LORD and Savior through the efforts of Campus Crusade for Christ while attending Arizona State University as a Music Major. He immediately began directing a choral and instrumental group sponsored by Campus Crusade called “That Certain Sound”.
Throughout the years, He has been Minister of Music or Director of Music through many Churches in Florida. He was Bi-vocational as his full-time occupation was in many aspects of the Real Estate Profession including residential and commercial sales, appraising, training, and sales management.
Just before his retirement from full-time employment in Real Estate, the Holy Spirit convicted him that I needed to pursue Ministry training. He had an increased hunger for the Word.
He began Christian Leaders Institute in 2015. He was ordained in 2017. He is a minister of the Word with the Christian Leaders Alliance. He is willing to mentor others in their ministry training and assist them through the process of ordination.
To raise up more Christian Leaders for the gospel.
Jean Rivera calls himself a "Jesusholic!" He was raised believing in God, but my parents did not practice their faith in conventional ways. It was in 2011 when he and his wife started attending a local church and discovered the greater love that God has for us.
God placed Christian Leaders Institute in front of him. Both he and his wife are currently officers in the military and both seek after ministry.
Jean started Christian Leaders Institute in 2017 and he was ordained in 2018. He is willing to mentor CLI students who are on the ministry training journey and assist those who are pursuing ordination with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
To raise up more Christian Leaders and to help those addicted become free
Jonie Alcorn is the founder of Jonie Alcorn Ministries. She is married with children and lives in South West Florida.
She was delivered from Methadone in the year 2004, the Lord instructed her to write a book entitled "Life after Methadone with Jesus."
Check out this link to her book, Life After Methadone.
She began Christian Leaders Institute in 2017 and was ordained in 2018. She is willing to mentor those who are starting their ministry training and those who are going through the process of ordination with the Christian Leaders Alliance.
Inspired by the Word of God as a new believer in her early 20’s Laurie started writing poems and giving them to friends, family, and associates as the Lord would lead as a way to express her faith and love for Jesus
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.
To raise up more Christian Leaders for Revival!
Loretta Evans, married to Robert Evan's. They have four children's Karsheena, Jerome, Adreika, and Jessica. They also have 11 grandchildren. She was raised in a Baptist church
She was born and raised in Georgia. She came to know the Lord younger in life. She has been called to ministry is such areas as helping youth and others at her Baptist church.
Loretta began Christian Leaders Institute in 2018 and became ordained the same year. She is willing to mentor other in their study journey and with ordination with the Christian Leaders Alliance.