Clint Zeller, who graduated from the third-year School of Ministry at Charis Bible College (CBC), served as a combat medic in the Army for seven years before being medically discharged for a heart condition.
He was told that his ailment was caused by stress, and he was also diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. To manage his symptoms, Clint attended anger management and PTSD support groups. After listening to Andrew’s teaching about his true identity in Christ, however, Clint was immediately healed of the heart condition, and the anxiety and PTSD symptoms disappeared as well. Today Clint and his wife, Laura, have taken over as the new director and administrator of CBC Houston.
The Zellers met at Fort Riley, Kansas, while they we were both serving in the Army. Laura was a medic for four years and served fifteen months in Baghdad, Iraq. Despite the fact that Laura swore she would never marry a soldier, the couple fell in love and exchanged wedding vows.
Both Clint and Laura had a spiritual wake-up call when they were expecting their first child. “I was born again when I was a teenager but never started living for God until I was in my mid-twenties. Laura and I were expecting our daughter, Grace, and knew we wanted our kids to go to church. Good people go to church, and our kids were going to be good people! We started going to Rocky Mountain Family Church in Pueblo, Colorado, and quickly found out that there was more to church than just being a good person. That’s when our lives really began to change,” Clint recalled.
Laura was born again as a child and grew up in what she describes as a very loving, big, happy family. They attended a great church in Independence, Missouri, three times a week without fail. “My dad taught me to follow God,” Laura recalls, “but he knew that I had lost my passion in my late teens and early twenties. He never made me feel bad or pushed me away. When Clint and I got married, we were totally different people than we are now. My dad just laughs at how awesome God is in turning our lives around.”
After being discharged from the Army, Clint began pursuing a degree in Health Administration. It wasn’t long, however, before Clint began feeling unsettled in his heart. He decided that he should quit pursuing his degree and instead go into full-time ministry. Clint shared the idea with Laura, and the two thought it best to discuss the idea with their pastor. After hearing the Zellers’ hearts, their pastor recommended that the couple attend CBC, to help prepare them for their calling.
Coincidentally, when Clint and Laura went online to look up Andrew Wommack and CBC, they learned that Campus Days was just a couple of weeks away. Clint immediately made plans to attend the three-day conference, where he was able to sit in on actual classes and mingle with the faculty and staff. Clint knew as soon as he walked through the door that he was supposed to attend CBC. Laura, who watched the live stream, was also impressed by what she heard. “Clint got to go to Campus Days, and I watched live, online from home. I remember just staring at the computer in total awe at what was happening. From that moment on, Clint and I both knew that CBC was our next step,” says Laura.
Finding Andrew and CBC has been instrumental for the Zellers, not only in helping them turn their lives around, but also in finding their destinies. Clint remembers being radically changed by Andrew’s teaching, You’ve Already Got It!, but it was Spirit, Soul & Body that has affected him the most.
Spirit, Soul & Body significantly impacted Laura as well. “This foundational truth is important in understanding so much about who you are, who God is, and what He truly thinks about you. When this revelation went from just head knowledge to really knowing, I couldn’t stop talking about it,” she says.
Both Clint and Laura were drawn to Andrew because of his down-to-earth nature. “He didn’t use big flashy words, turn red, and spit on people in the front row when he was teaching. He speaks from his heart. Andrew’s knowledge of the Word comes out in such a way that anyone and everyone can understand. Listening to him speak in school, you could sense that his passion for God was really palpable. Change your life, change the world. That’s Andrew’s vision, and it’s our vision for Houston, Texas, as well,” Laura states.
Since attending CBC, Laura says their lives have been anything but boring. “As we have renewed our minds to the true nature of God, we have seen His good, acceptable, and perfect will unfold right before our eyes,” she explains. “Our passion is to see the same things happen to each student attending CBC Houston.”
Thank you, CBC World Outreach Partners, for joining with us to help people realize God’s perfect will for their lives. The Zellers are confident that CBC Houston will continue to grow under their leadership, and the city of Houston will be further saturated with the Good News of God’s love.
Are you curious about others who have graduated from CBC and gone on to change the world? Click the CBC Grads in Ministry link to the right, and find testimony after testimony of transformed lives. CBC graduates who have a passion to direct extension schools are taking the hope of Jesus Christ to every corner of the earth.