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Monday
Jun272011

Charis Bible College Class Of 2011

Andrew hands an elated Stefan Viljoen his diploma at the CBC Colorado graduation ceremony. (Click to enlarge)Since 1994, Andrew and the staff at Charis Bible College have been diligently and successfully discipling and training people for the work of the ministry. At CBC students have the unique opportunity to learn through the combination of the rich teaching of God’s Word and practical, hands-on ministry experience. Andrew's vision to train others through opening a Bible college came when the Lord instructed him through 2 Timothy 2:2. In the verse, Paul wrote to Timothy and told him to take the things that he had learned and commit them to faithful men who would, in turn, be able to teach others. Today, Andrew is seeing the manifestation of this mandate come to pass in increasing numbers.

In 1996, Andrew saw the first thirty-three students graduate from CBC. Since 1997, extension schools have been opened around the world and across America. Campuses have been launched in the United Kingdom, Russia, Ireland, Belize, South Africa, Uganda, India and Holland. Stateside schools have been established in Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Dallas, TX; Jacksonville and Orlando, FL; Gardner and Plymouth, MA; Dyer, IN, Kansas City, MO, and most recently in Phoenix, AZ.

This year, well over three hundred students graduated from CBC campuses around the world. In Colorado alone, one hundred and seventy-seven students received their diplomas. Here is a look at CBC's Class of 2011.

*CBC Colorado:

CBC Colorado morning class. (Click to enlarge)Janice Adams, SK Alexander, Michael Ashmen, Sherry Aten, Bruce Ball, Joyce Ball, Kenneth Balma, Lori Balma, Jacquelyn Ban, Hannskilian Baumgart, Karen Bean, Pharisee Bendolph, Kendra Binish, Douglas Bishop, Rolland Bivens, William Blackmon, Scott Blake, Mitchell Bowden, Gregory Bramblett, Mike Braun, Dan Britton, Ashley Bryant, Fredrick Bryant, Raymond Buhr, Renay Buller, Mark Burgoz, Jennifer Burich, Patricia Bursell, Gary Campbell, Tony Chavez, Emilee Childers, Ruth Collins, Dacian Coroian, Alexa Cox, Sherry Creech, William Creech, Cason Cruz, Lisa DePriest, Shannon Ebersole, Nike Edun Adebiyi, Carolyn Ellefson, Keith Engie, Joyce Erickson, Garrett Eriksen, Gloria Eriksen, Kinga Eriksen, Tammy Errico, Abby Feldhacker, Debra Flaherty, Lori Flugrad, Jeff Forrest, Jennifer Forrest, Daniel Fox, Luke Gidcumb, Tennie Goen, Roberta Grace, Fletcher Gulseth, Nancy Gulseth, Cynthia Hall, Tanya Hamilton, Kathryn Hanson, Nels Hanson, Carla Harper, Josh Harper, Naomi Hartman, Britta Hazel, Michael Herbert, Catherine Herron, Jessica Hill, Sanine Holt, Chayne Holtfreter, Larry Hoover, Linda Hughes, James Hurley, Ross Inman, Judy Jackson, Sarah Jelicich, Miles Jewell, Andrew Johnson, Janie Johnson, Sharris Johnson, Connie Jones, Phillip Jones, Charles Kernaghan, Matthew Kinney, Katrina Ladrowski, Philip Ladrowski, Marvin Larson, Ryan Laurence, Cindy Lensmire, Wayne Lewis, Darla Livingston, Kathleen Lutz, CBC Colorado evening class.
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Warren Lutz, John MacIntyre, Cheryl Martin, Wayne Martin, Marla Matus, Alexis May, Ann May, John May, Ryan May, Terry May, Terry McCandless, Trina McCandless, Mary McCracken, Susan McGinnis, Jeanette Moore, Erin Moraine, Paulette Murphy, Candice Nechita, Dinu Nechita, Francisca Neethling, Joey Nelson II, Joe Nelson, Kathleen Nennemann, Filippa Noto, Angela Okamura, Janet Palmer, Linda Patarello, Tom Peoples, Renee Peterson, Michael Phillips, Jane Phillips, David Pollock II, Austin Pollock, Dave Pollock, Robyn Pollock, Sarah Pollock, Ruth Rauch, Pete Rauch III, Matthew Reed, Karl Reichert, Shevell Robinson, Joann Rye, Cathleen Scarvers, James Schneider, Lydia Schneider, Patricia Schwarz, Valdais Scott, Lupe Shepherd, Raymond Sherfield, Babajide Shittu, Patricia Sinclair, Deann Sklenicka, Gary Sklenicka, Jay Smith, Karen Smith, Robert Smith, Sheshanah Smith, Timothy Smith, Christina Spears, Rondelle Stevison, Cynthia Thompson, Monika Tomanek, Robert Tomanek, Jesse Tyree, Laura Tyree, Francine Van Bommel-Kaptein, Stefan Viljoen, Catharina Visser, Claas Visser, Caroline Walton, Sharee Walton, Linda Washington, Jordan Wegele, Gerri Weldgen, Philip Wester, Sherry Whitaker, Gabriele Wiesmann, Robert Williams, Dilfuza Williford, Thomas Williford, Brie-Anne Wilson, Jonathan Wilson, Sara Wilson, and Rita Wolf.

Front Row (Staff) L-R: Wendell Parr (Director of World Outreach), Lawson Perdue, Marlo Stone, Vickey Rice, Carlie Terradez, Ashley Terradez, Beth Landt, Michelle Patterson, Greg Macy, Jim Ford, Barry Bennett, Andrew Wommack (CBC Founder), Wayne Knurr (Dean of Students), Gary Luecke (Director), Dr. Delron Shirley, Peggy Shirley, Samantha Crowell, Anna Fulmer, Wendy Okamura, Carol Odenwald and Daniel Amstutz.

*Graduate list is alphabetical, not positional.

CBC-England:

CBC England (Click to enlarge)Front Row: (Staff) Anthony Consiglio, Duncan Sherwin, John Maunder, Paul Flanagan, Siew Fong Flanagan, Kathryn Whitefoot, Roz McQuigg, Samuel McQuigg, Abi Elshaw; Second Row: Gladys Susan Teke, Michelle Leigh, Lucy Curtis-Prior, Dawn Haswell, Lorraine Best, Auxilia Mandizha, Catharine Jackson, Pat Chang, Carolyn Lisney, Lesley Illingworth, Grace Sewell; Third Row: Matty Haswell, Joseph Djima, Pamela Nwachukwu, Peter Best, Brenda Palmer, Anne Marie Duclos, Janice Keyte, Sandra Gillard, Heather Chapman, John Aston, Tolulope Oginni; Fourth Row: Ken Chang, David Illingworth, Richard Gunn, Stuart Graham, Paul Chapman, Elaine Smith, Garry Leigh, Christopher Jackson, David Gillard, Angela Baker, Jonathan Baker; Not Pictured: Jaya Banala

Charis Bible Training Center-Russia:

CBTC Russia (Click to enlarge) Bible School graduates (blue cap and gown): Tatyana, Valentina, Alex, Felcy, George, Nina; Second Row: Egor, Bold, Alexander, Clement, Job, Alaska, Leoneid; Leadership Institute graduates (gold sash): Nangi, Valya, Joshephine, Olya Rezhova, Lebogang, Lillian, Salomi; Second Row: Sasha Pustalova, Mushani, Galina Kravits, Edom, Yami.

CBC India:

CBC India (Click to enlarge)Front Row: (Staff) Russ Forgoston, David Forgoston, Judith Forgoston; Second Row: Naomi, Michelle, Martina, Teffy, Gazala, Beulah, Estheranni, Shebymol, Renise, Carmel, Sharmila, Varsha, Anila; Third Row: Aubrey, Vasanth, Stephenson, Wilfer, Jawahar, Rojin, Ryan, Samuel, Rajesh, Henry, Varun, Dharmesh, Keese, Valentine, Melvin, John Immanuel, David, Jijin, Immanuel, Gerard.

CBC Atlanta:

CBC Atlanta (Click to enlarge)Front Row: Ria York, Candy Hall, Mary Hall, Linda McQuiston, Arlene Passmore, Beth Steiner, Kiki Wan, Peter Wan, Andrew Wommack; Second Row: Tom Boyd - Co-Director, Carolyn Schrock, Cindy Boyd - Co-Director, Debra Curtis, Mary Dennis, Marlene John, Linda Slaughter, Eddie Spencer, Bill Smith and Wendell Parr.

CBC Dallas:

CBC Dallas (Click to enlarge)Kitty Potts - Director (Black gown), Liz Hall, Jan Savas, Sondria McWilliams, Jerene Marable, Barron Skelton, Janie Wright, David Wright, Carol Williams, Charles Knowles II, Millie Green, Ryan White, Shirley Gerthe, Gunar Gerthe.

CBC Florida:

CBC Florida (Click to enlarge)Tom Comollo (Black gown), Judy Vomacka, Jake Mast, Sean Sanders, Jordan Sanders, Hannah Joray, Patricia Scott, Robert Fuller, Kurt Barreto.

 

CBC Indiana:

CBC Indiana (Click to enlarge)Front Row: Rita Lord, Gail Coleman - Director, Sharon Tarzon - Administrator, Jennifer Harris, Vanetta Dunn, Crystal Colbert, Jerri Black, Diana Bartkowiak, Victor Adams; Second Row: Greg Strom - Dean of Students, Don Harms - Apprentice, Mary Parker - Registrar, Lucretia Tolliver, John Tolliver, Mimi Specht, Bonnie O'Hare, Elijah Hicks, Lucinda Harris

CBC Ireland:

CBC Ireland (Click to enlarge)Yvonne O'Brien - Co-Director, Allan Bruce, Luke Flint, Richard Consiglio, Grady O'Brien - Co-Director

CBC Kansas City:

CBC Kansas City (Click to enlarge)Ruth Stromberg, Rob Runyan, Melissa Phillips

 

CBC Chicago:

CBC Chicago (Click to enlarge)Front Row: Betty Bakker - Apprentice, Mike Bevill, Sally Gerschefske, Katheryn Roberts - Pastor, Lovette Harris, Taylor Standish, Bailey Standish, David Rose - Dean of Students; Second Row: Racheal Khoshaba, Vern Boelkens, Marzieh Ghajarieh, Christine Edstrom, Joan Leslie, Jane Landato; Third Row:Cynthia Quarles - Director, Rolando Rameriz, India Ridley, Karen Bennett ,Pastor Janet Goodwin, Tim Hartlett, Jan Tiberi, Caroline Courtney, Francine Jackson - Administrator.

Thursday
May052011

Barry Bennett: Our Steps Are Ordered

Charis Bible College Ministry Training Program Coordinator, Barry Bennett. (Click to enlarge)Barry Bennett is the Coordinator of the third year Ministry Training Program at Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs. This new program has effectively expanded CBC's curriculum to include a third year specifically geared for those desiring to enter full-time ministry. The third year is designed to implement Andrew's vision for a more intense time of training for those called to pastoral or para-church ministry.

Prior to stepping into his role as Coordinator, Barry had served the Lord in a variety of capacities in North, Central and South America. He was born again in the early 1970's, and is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute. While attending CFN, Barry discovered he had a heart for missionary work; Barry, Betty Kay and their three young children David, Daniel and Leah on the mission field in Guatemala in 1989. (Click to enlarge)he also found he had a heart for fellow student, Betty Kay. As it turned out Betty Kay shared the same heart, both for reaching the nations with the gospel—and for Barry. The two were married while still attending CFN, and shortly after graduation hurried out to the mission field in Guadalajara, Mexico. It didn't take long for the Bennetts to realize they had made an error. "We thought that we would be missionaries to Mexico for an extended period of time; however, with no support, no home church, and no experience, we quickly realized that we had jumped the gun," said Barry.

After four months in Mexico, the Bennetts returned to Texas and became involved with a local church. Eleven years later, after working bi-vocationally in ministry and in the secular workplace, their home church sent Barry, Betty Kay and their three children to Guatemala for language learning. Barry playing guitar with the a worship team in Concepción, Chile.
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From there the Bennetts were invited to work as missionaries in Chile.

For more than a decade the couple ministered in Chile, first in Concepción and then in Santiago. Their endeavors were wide ranging and fruitful, and Barry gained experience teaching, preaching and counseling in the local Spanish-speaking community. In 1992, the Bennetts were invited to Santiago to bring leadership to a thirty member home church group. Eventually the Bennetts were asked to pastor the group. Under their oversight and guidance for the next eight years, the group transitioned into a fully functioning church and the membership grew to almost three hundred.

In 2000, the Bennetts began to sense that their time in Chile was drawing to a close and they prepared to return to the States. The family returned to Texas in 2001, Santiago, Chile where Barry pastored, Vida en Cristo in the early ninteen nineties. (Click to enlarge)and became part of a large Spanish congregation where their pastor allowed Barry to launch a Bible institute. The school, which was taught in the Spanish language, met several times per week and over a period of five years graduated more than 200 students.

During their season in Dallas, Barry came across Andrew's Gospel Truth program on the radio. As he listened to Andrew's teachings, Barry gained confidence in his own understanding. "I was amazed to hear someone teaching what I had been teaching, but with even more revelation," said Barry. With confirmation that his own revelation and teachings were on track, he found he had a desire to be more connected to a ministry that was so like-minded.

Barry and Betty Kay standing with a graduating class from the Spanish-speaking Instituto Avance, a Bible school they pioneered in Dallas,Texas. (Click to enlarge)A short time later the Bennett's oldest children, sons David and Daniel, both decided they wanted to attend CBC. Supportive of the decision, Barry and Betty Kay visited the Colorado campus to see where the young men would be attending school; while they were there the Lord spoke to Barry. "On a tour of the college, while passing by the auditorium, the Lord spoke to my heart and told me that someday I would teach in CBC. I was simultaneously shocked and excited," said Barry.

As the Bennetts left to head back to Dallas, they grabbed AWM job applications, filled them out and mailed them back to the ministry. In a very short time, Betty Kay was notified of a job opening at the ministry. This opening coupled with the word Barry had heard in his heart while touring the campus, Andrew and CBC Director, Gary Luecke, pray over Barry and Betty Kay (left) during an ordination ceremony.
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were enough for Barry to make arrangements to move to Colorado Springs.

Both Betty Kay and Barry were hired within two weeks of their arrival in Colorado. Initially, Barry was brought into the Phone Center as a prayer minister, but after four months, he was asked to take over a vacancy in the ministry's Encouragement Department. In this position he answered doctrinal questions asked of the ministry via correspondence. "I remained in the Encouragement Department for two-and-a-half years and responded to some 20,000 emails and letters during that time," Barry said.

While working in the Encouragement Department, Barry submitted his ministry résumé to the Director of Charis Bible College, Gary Luecke, and expressed his interest in teaching if ever the need for a substitute arose. Months later, as Barry was driving to work, he received a call inquiring whether he could speak during that morning's 8 a.m. chapel. "It was then 7:45 a.m. I felt that this was my 'divine appointment.' I said, 'yes,' rushed into my office, grabbed some notes, which were in Spanish—I hadn’t ministered in English in 18 years, and it seemed to go well," said Barry.

Barry teaching in the CBC auditorium—just as the Lord had spoken to him. (Click to enlarge)Barry was able to teach a number of times during the 2008-2009 academic year, and he went on to teach nine courses the following year, while continuing to work full-time in the Encouragement Department. Toward the end of the 2009-2010 school year, Gary asked Barry to consider moving to CBC on a full-time basis. This year, after making the move to CBC, Barry has become the third year Coordinator and is enjoying teaching a total of fifteen courses.

Reflecting on his first full year as Coordinator, Barry said, "This year has been a great success. Almost forty students have completed the program and have been exposed to many facets of ministry."

Under Barry's leadership, the third year Ministry Training Program will continue to expand. Next year, Barry will be joined by Daniel Amstutz, Director of CBC's School of Worship, Stephen Bransford, Director of CBC's School of Media, and Pastor Greg Mohr, Director of CBC's new School of Business Administration to train and equip third year students in these specialized areas of ministry.

The steps of a good man are indeed ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23).

Monday
Feb282011

Making Disciples in Kenya

Pat and Mike Heiser, founders of NEEMA Bible College and Heart of God Fellowship Ministry-Kenya stand with NBC graduate and Kitale director, Victor. (Click to enlarge)Mike and Pat Heiser, the founders of NEEMA Bible College (NBC), Heart of God Fellowship Ministries and several other organizations in Kenya, are witnessing the results of God's faithfulness to the biblical principle of multiplication when it comes to making disciples. Since 2007, NEEMA, which means "grace" in Swahili, has graduated more than one hundred students from their eighteen-month program. As these graduates have taken what they have learned and shared God’s love and grace with their churches and communities, they have found that the people they come in contact with want to hear more. This has provided the Heisers opportunities to establish new classes in the villages surrounding their headquarters in Meru.

Pat teaching at their school in Makunga, Kenya near the border of Uganda.
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While NBC is based in Meru, and the school facilitates five classes in the surrounding area, Mike and Pat have also opened an office in Kitale, Kenya, which is 300 miles west of Meru. The Heisers have established classes in seven different villages in the Kitale area. Current enrollment between the various locations surrounding Meru and Kitale is close to 250 students. Mike and Pat oversee the Kitale office, and travel to teach at the seven locations one week per month, but the bulk of the classes in Kitale and Meru, are being directed by graduates from NBC. As the Word of God spreads through the area, the Heisers have plans to open more schools.

Graduation day in Kitale, July 2010 (Click to enlarge)To graduate, students must complete the year-and-a-half-long program, which covers thirty courses including surveys through all sixty-six books of the Bible, a Biblical Management Principles course, and a class called, Marriage and the Christian Home. These courses, many of which stem from Charis Bible College curriculum, provide the solid Biblical foundation necessary for effective ministry multiplication.

The Heisers estimate that as many as sixty percent of their students, the average age of which is thirty-two, Homegrown disciples—Over the past few years the Heisers have opened their home to Kenya's homeless children, and have raised them as their own. In July four of their 28 children graduated from NBC. (Click to enlarge) are already involved in full-time ministry; many serving as pastors of local churches. The changes in their students' lives also impact the churches the students lead. Student testimonies come in weekly, about how knowing the true nature of God is transforming lives, and as these testimonies continue to come in, so to do the invitations for the Heisers to open more schools.

"We have over 40 different denominations represented in our now 243 students; they include Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists, Methodists, Friends, Seventh Day Adventists, Pentecostals, and everything in between. We go into these students' churches to observe what they are doing, and we continue to build relationships with them and encourage them. Mike, Pat and other NBC staff performing an ordination service for one of their graduates. (Click to enlarge)We know that making disciples is what Jesus has called us to do, so we pursue that with our whole heart," said Mike.

The Lord has given the Heisers a vision of what is to come, and they admit that they will have to rely entirely on the Lord to see it come to pass. "We continue to have so many doors open to us to bring this message that Pat and I are really unable to meet the need ourselves, but we see God raising up new leaders through NEEMA," Mike said. The vision for the Heisers includes the expansion of NBC into six larger cities within Kenya, and then future growth into the Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel. Movement toward that end is already evident as NBC graduates and staff members, Hamsen and Nancy, prepare to launch a school in Lokichogio, Kenya, a city on the border of Sudan.

To find out more about Mike and Pat Heiser and their ministry visit the Kids in Kenya website.