Renewing & Equipping Christian Leaders

Specific Partner: John DeKruyter, Executive Director

Alongside is a Christian counseling and retreat ministry geared to the unique needs of Christian leaders, especially pastors and missionaries. At an Alongside retreat, you’ll find a safe place — a place where caring, professional counselors can come alongside you as you seek healing and renewed strength for ministry.

Alongside Website

Alternatives of Kalamazoo

Pregnancy Care Center

Specific Partner: Cathy Stoner, Executive Director

Alternatives’ mission is to reach our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by offering hope and meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that safeguard the rights, dignity, and health of unborn children and their parents.

Alternatives Website

Craig Darling

Currently at Western Michigan University

Current Ministry: Currently working on Western Michigan University’s campus
Mission Board: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Bio: Craig Darling went Pro in the NFL and was on the Minnesota Vikings. In his first year, he was injured and could no longer play. Instead of taking this holding him back, he went into full time ministry with college athletes and ministers to them (currently at Western Michigan University).

Deb Darling

Currently at Western Michigan University

Current Ministry: Currently working on Western Michigan University’s campus
Mission Board: Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Bio: Debbie serves in the area of evangelism and discipleship with WMU female athletes. Long term goals are to see women mature and step up to ministry leadership and to challenge them regarding personal holiness.

David Caleb Cook Foundation

Transforming Children to Transform Their World

Based on a legacy of ministry to vulnerable children, the David Caleb Cook Foundation provides evangelism, Bible engagement, and discipleship resources that draw children into a relationship with Christ and encourage them to learn what it means to love and follow Him. God is using these resources: the story of Jesus Christ (simple presentation of the Gospel), the Action Bible (comic-book style illustration translated into multiple languages); and Life on Life (discipleship curriculum that equips leaders to disciple vulnerable children and to prepare them to become healthy adults).

David Caleb Cook Foundation Website

Forgotten Man Ministries

Local & National outreach to inmates in all penal institutions.

Specific Partner: Joshua Amaezechi, Chaplain

Forgotten Man Ministries brings together inmates, chaplains, and lay-workers in the study and ministry of God’s Word. Forgotten Man Ministries chaplains conduct daily in-house jail ministries that include Biblical one-on-one counseling, Bible correspondence courses, group Bible studies, discipleship training units (group Bible pods), distribution of Bibles and Christian books, showing of Christian DVD’s, and the facilitation of pastor visits and local church worship services.

Forgotten Man Ministries Website

Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference

Giving Hope to Those in Need

The mission of the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference is to share the love and Jesus Christ by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of people in crisis. The Kalamazoo Deacons Conference shares Christ’s love with people in need tangibly through clothing, furniture, household items, personal care items and emergency financial assistance.

Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference Website

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission

Changing lives through the power of CHRIST.

Specific Partner: Rev. Michael Brown, Executive Director

Meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the homeless and reaching people with the gospel through various services and programs; including women’s and children’s ministries, men’s ministries, housing, auto department, the thrift store and food service.

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Website

Youth For Christ

Reaching Young People by Sharing the Love of Christ

Specific Partners: Scott McCloughan (Executive Director of YFC Kalamazoo), Paul Jennings (Merge Support Specialist), and Sean Hughes (Director of YFC Camp Business Development)

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

Youth For Christ Website

Valor: A Cru Ministry

Win Cadets / Midshipmen / Veterans to Christ

Specific Partner: Jim Hocker

It is the vision of Cru Valor to reach our future military leaders for Christ at their initial entry points at our U.S. service academies and the more than 270 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) college campuses. We help them grow in their faith and help them become disciple makers around the world at their future duty assignments. Valor’s scope also includes Junior ROTC students on 3400 high school campuses, our nation’s veterans on college campuses, and cadets at foreign military academies around the globe.

Valor – Cru Ministry Website

Jest Kidding

Presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Boys and Girls

Specific Partners: Sheldon & Victoria Rhodes

Sheldon and Vicki are full-time missionaries who conduct programs in churches throughout the United States and Canada. Their specialty is using magic, juggling, storytelling and puppets to deliver Biblical truths.

Jest Kidding Website

Bridge Ministries / BMI Oasis

A Place of Rest for Christian Leaders

Specific Partners: John & Julie Studebaker

The BMI Oasis combines John’s gifts of “coaching” and teaching along with Julie’s gift of hospitality in assisting Pastors, their Wives, Missionaries, and other Christian leaders.

Bridge Ministries Website