While attending Dallas Theological seminary Chris Simmons felt called to work with Cornerstone Baptist Church located in a distressed community in South Dallas. This area was known as a war zone with gang activity, drive by shootings and prostitution. For the past 24 years Pastor Chris has given his life to serve the people in this community. Under his leadership the church now serves this community by providing a clothes closet, meals for the homeless, a post prison ministry, as well as tutoring and mentoring ministry. Click here to learn more about Cornerstone Baptist.
Susan Brubaker-Ramirez had a great job and made good money as a Realtor. In spite of her success, she desired more out of life. Her new years resolution for 2010 was to give back to her community by serving once a month. She shared her desire with a group of friends over dinner and told them that her resolution included them joining her in service. They all agreed and Austin Angels was formed. Over the past two years they have mobilized hundreds of volunteers to serve and impact the city of Austin, TX.
Pastor 7 spent seven years in prison before becoming a Christ follower. When he got out of prison God told him to under the bridges in Atlanta to rescue men and women who were running from God. He obeyed and as a result 7 Bridges to Recovery was birthed. To learn more about this fascinating ministry click here.
Chad Rehnberg lives on the west side of Louisville in a distressed community called the Shawnee neighborhood. He and his family moved into the community to serve and build relationships with the people living there. Chad works with a ministry called City Life which is affiliated with Youth for Christ.
Phil Hissom grew up in West Virginia and was actively involved in the Rescue Mission that his parents ran. He ended up having his own battle with addictions that he struggled with for over ten years. Eventually his friends challenged him and said that unless he began to serve others he was going to die. When he began to serve he began to change and now the idea of inviting those you serve to serve with you is one of the foundations for the non-profit ministry that Phil runs today called the Polis Institute. Phil works with the poor in a distressed community in Orlando, FL called the Parramore District.
Janine Maxwell along with her husband Ian are the founders of Heart for Africa. Janine was in New York City on September 11th and after surviving the events of that day and a life changing trip to Africa she was led to write “It’s Not Okay With Me”. Through an amazing set of God ordained circumstances and events her and Ian left behind a 20 million dollar marketing company to lead Bruce Wilkenson’s ministry, “Dream for Africa” which they have now changed to Heart for Africa. To learn more about this amazing ministry click here.
Gerald Martinez and his family left the comforts of their home in the mountains of Albuquerque and went to live in what was once called the war zone of Albuquerque. In the 10 years that they’ve been there they have seen the crime rate come down by 50%. The Martinez family was blessed several years ago when ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover came to build them a new home. To learn more about their church and ministry click here.
Joy McGuire has been everything you can think of: homeless, in prison, a drug user and now she reaches out to the very people she once was. She has over 40 tents on her property where she houses, food, clothing and toys and then re-distributes those items to those in need.
Jack Anderson survived the 1982 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Listen to his story and how he now ministers to disabled veterans in VA Hospitals. Visit his website by clicking here.
Bonnie Laudeman is the Childrens Pastor at a Church of God in Flint, MI. She has a heart for young women who have been taken advantage of by the world. She and some other women from her Church decided to act and do something about the problem in Flint.