... are the words that Kelly Johnson kept thinking soon after arriving in Kenya. He and his family moved to Africa in late 1999 and during the first four years, served in the local church, assisted with orphanages and pre-schools, and helped many local church Pastors.
Preaching to over 12,000 Pastors and Church Leaders in conferences across East Africa, he was touched by the stories of numerous rural African Pastors who have little or no options for Bible training.
Some education is available in large cities, but is costly. These require a pastor to leave his home, his family, and his church to move to a city for years, and go into deeply into debt. "There's got to be a better way!"
Kelly came up with an "out-of-the-building" idea that would provide solid Bible training for Pastors that is portable and affordable. The training is packed into a briefcase and taken to the rural Pastors.
Biblical Life Ministries exists to transform the church by training Pastors!
Founder and Board Chairman
Kelly completed his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology, with honors, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He also has a Diploma in Practical Theology and a Diploma in Advanced Global Missions from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas.
His call to missions, combined with his education and heart for pastors, uniquely qualifies him to give direction to Biblical Life Ministries. Along with BLM, Kelly founded Biblical Life Leadership College, a unique approach to training rural African pastors.
Mike Ash is a husband and father of two growing boys! He serves as the Campus Pastor for Grace Family Church- South Tampa, a dynamic church serving the Tampa area.
He serves the Biblical Life Ministries Board as Vice-Chairman and brings his administrative skills and life-giving personality to our Board. He is a great adviser and has been vital in helping Biblical Life Ministries develop its culture and direction. And, he’s just a lot of fun!
Kathy Johnson is the wife of our founder, mother of two daughters, and a BiIblical Life Ministries missionary! Kathy serves our Board by giving oversight to the financial procedures and policies. She brings her administrative and organizational abilities to our meetings and assists in giving oversight to procedures throughout the year.
Susanna Just is a wife and mother of four from Garland, Texas. In the early years of Biblical Life Ministries, she served as the office administrator and now has joined our Board. Susanna is a huge prayer warrior for BLM! She brings great spiritual insight and wisdom to our meetings and is not afraid to get involved in the day to day office work in Texas!
Tim Suddreth is a husband and father of four children. He is the Senior Pastor at Suncoast Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Florida. Suncoast has loved the Johnson family as one of their own for many years! Tim brings his pastoral heart and years of ministry experience to our BLM board. He cares for the Johnson family and the Board members. He is an incredible example of faithfulness and lovingkindness to us all!
Ed Vegso is a husband and father of three. Ed is a successful business man and brings his excellent marketing skills to the BLM Board. His faithful encouragement and support for the ministry of BLM along with his attention to detail and business sense make him a valuable member of our BLM team! We are grateful for his willingness to go the extra mile when it comes to hashing out details and paperwork!
Autumn is a native-born Texan, married to Kyle Klongland and the mother of Callie & Oliver. The Johnsons have known Autumn since she was born! Autumn serves as the office administrator for Biblical Life Ministries in our Texas office. She has a great love for missions and takes care of everything administrative on the U.S. side. BLM is blessed to have her servant’s heart, excellent abilities, and incredible faithfulness to the job!
Following a call to missions, the Johnson family arrived in Kenya in December, 1999. More than a decade and a half later, they still count it a privilege to serve the Lord in Africa!
Kelly & Kathy are both graduates of Christ for the Nations Institute and hold diplomas in Practical Theology and Advanced Missions. The key focus of their ministry in Kenya is training national pastors and church leaders.
Kelly has developed and written the curriculum for Bible School in a Briefcase, in which he is also the main instructor. He also preaches in local churches, ministry conferences, and assists local national pastors and ministers with additional training whenever possible.
Kathy assists Kelly in the BSIB and does the administrative work for BLM in Kenya. She also takes care of logistics for visiting ministry teams.
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The Johnsons have two college-aged daughters. Both girls grew up in Kenya and graduated from Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi. Though both currently reside in the US for their education, in their hearts, their home will always be Kenya.
Katie is a junior at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. She is studying Theatre Arts and French.
Karen is a enrolled in the Leadership Academy at Next Level Church in Ft Myers, FL, and is pursuing a degree in English with Regent University.
Both girls remain actively involved in missions.
"Transforming the Church by Training Pastors"
Train and equip national pastors and leaders using a unique Bible school program.
Connect people to cross-cultural ministry opportunities in East Africa.
Build enduring relationships with Bible school students and graduates.
· We Choose to be Life Giving
Jesus came to give life – and life that is abundant! We want God to breathe His life into every aspect of ministry we do; therefore, we choose to seek His will regarding every ministry opportunity.
· We Love Authenticity
The world is looking for people and answers that are real! We pursue a genuine relationship with God, discovering the identity for which He created us and experiencing the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to walk out that identity in this life.
· We Strive to Walk in Humility
We minister to people from different backgrounds and races. We are willing to associate with people from all walks of life knowing that we ourselves have strengths and weaknesses.
· We Value Integrity
We are committed to honor Christ by walking honestly and uprightly, letting our character be whole and complete with no important pieces missing.