Acts 14:22 (NKJV)
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
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Isaiah 40:31 NKJV
"But those who wait in the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint."
I served as a senior pastor for over 30 years, beginning as a student pastor of a rural denominational church while completing degree programs at the University of Memphis and Memphis Theological Seminary. In 5 years this small congregation of 35 grew to 350. For almost 25 years it was my privilege to serve as founder and senior pastor of Christ the Rock Church Memphis, a Bible based, Spirit filled, nondenominational, and racially diverse congregation. This congregation grew to over 2,000 members during my tenure. In 2007 I retired and turned the church over to our son Pastor Chris Bennett who still leads the church today. For the next two years I served as facilitator of the Church Developers Network and as an interim Global Missions pastor for the largest evangelical church in Memphis.
In this new season of our life and ministry, my wife Valerie and I serve as TV hosts for the "The Bridge." This daily program is seen in Canada on the Miracle Channel and around the world in 103 countries. You may also watch "The Bridge" on line at www.miraclechannel.ca. We have always had a heart for Canada. Valerie is a Canadian citizen and we were married in Canada in 1968. It is now our privilege and calling to travel together across North America encouraging the Body of Christ. The feedback we are receiving is that our ministry is refreshing, practical and fun!
We are called to come alongside new and existing ministries to facilitate growth and vision through strategic relationships. We are available for ministering in churches and conferences, training leaders, and consulting with pastors and other ministry leaders. Our 34 years of ministry include senior pastor, women's pastor, overseer of a Christian academy, overseer of a Bible school, facilitator of various ministers networks, radio and television hosts, and travel to 35 countries ministering in churches and conferences.
Rom 1:11-12 "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong- 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." NIV
Born and reared in the French speaking section of New Brunswick, Canada I began my childhood calling as a teacher. I have a Bachelor and a Master's degree in Education and taught school for 19 years.
Fred and I have been married 42 years and our children: Chris and his wife Becky, and our daughter Denise and her husband Jeremy have blessed us with a total of 5 grandchildren who are the apple of our eye.
I was radically born again in 1975 and three years later my husband Fred and I were sent to pastor a Methodist Church where we served for 5 years. We founded Christ the Rock church in 1983 and passed the reins of leadership to our son in 2007. As an ordained minister of the gospel I have taught and discipled women for 30 years.
Today I am the co-host of "The Bridge" on the Miracle Channel in Canada. After 40 years of living and ministering in the USA, the Lord has granted me the desire of my heart to minister to my people in Canada. I have a passion to see God touch the francophone people of Canada and the world with the Gospel. I have ministered in Quebec, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Haiti and France.
I love to teach and disciple women in churches, conferences and seminars in order to see them free and to realize their full potential in Christ. I also have a heart to help families live in victory.
Isa 59:21 "As for me," GOD says, "this is my covenant with them: My Spirit that I've placed upon you and the words that I've given you to speak, they're not going to leave your mouths nor the mouths of your children nor the mouths of your grandchildren. THE MESSAGE