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.
Upon completion of that assignment, my wife Valerie and I served as TV hosts for the "The Bridge" on the Miracle Channel in Alberta, Canada. It was the door that opened up our travelling ministry all across North America encouraging the Body of Christ. 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. The feedback we are receiving is that our ministry is refreshing, practical and fun!
Now God has called us to be Evangelists for Christian Marriage. We understand that the goal of marriage is to be One which has been our life message in ministry. We conduct seminars in order to raise this standard. So goes marriage, so goes the church, so goes our culture!
Our 38 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.
John 17:21 NKJV "That they may all be one, as "You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe You sent me.
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 47 years and our children: Chris and his wife Becky, and our daughter Denise and her husband Jeremy have blessed us with a total of 7 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 after having led the congregation for almost 25 years.
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. Upon retirement from pastoring, Fred and I co-hosted "The Bridge" on the Miracle Channel in Alberta Canada. When that assignment was complete, God opened a new door of ministry. With the eroding state of marriage, He has called us to lift up a standard for Christian Marriage. We are Evangelists for marriage God's way that is One For Life. We conduct seminars all over North America because strong marriages build strong churches, and strong churches affect the culture. That is the Kingdom of God.
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