Joe Freeman Earns GFI Certification

We congratulate our associate, Joe Freeman, on completing his certification in Exchanged Life Counseling.

He writes,

Joe_F_4_16“I was challenged early on by my physical condition and the workload I had as a result of being a student in the Masters program at Luther Rice University. These two factors delayed my journey to becoming a certified Exchanged Life Counselor through GFI. However, it was a blessing in that I genuinely appreciate the process as well as the content, and I have been able to apply what I learned especially at the [America’s Keswick] Colony of Mercy.

The process was comprehensive and challenging. …The audio seminars were informative and provided a different perspective on how to counsel, particularly the Counseling God’s Way sessions. The required readings were a joy and I learned much from a variety of writers’ personal views of the Exchanged Life. I especially enjoyed, The New Life and Bone of His Bone.

Overall, I am grateful to be done this portion of the certification process and look forward to what Father will bring my way so I may apply and teach the various things I learned and was exposed to. Thank you, John, for your patience in answering my questions and being my guide, teacher and mentor.”

Check out for more about Joe’s testimony and ministry.

John Shepherd Audio Series


Pastor John Shepherd was an adjunct faculty member of GFI Counseling Institute. He eventually left that pastorate and devoted his life to reaching the Maasai in Kenya.  John’s mission trips there began with the old men–the “Nyankusi”–which in turn opened the door for the gospel to their communities. Through Calvary Road Ministries, thousands have received salvation through their oral, chronological Bible evangelism.  A video message of his on Exchanged life and Missions is available online in the Solomon Lecture Series.  To hear a typical audio sermon series by John Shepherd, visit GFI’s web site, under “Resources / Audio Channel.” These MP3 audio messages can be downloaded to play at your convenience on a portable device.

Cross to Life Discipleship


On April 29th John had a fellowship and coaching day with the discipleship counselors of GFI affiliate, Cross to Life Discipleship Ministries. God is using their 12 week process to lead hurting women to renewal and victory in Christ.

Their approach could be described as ID ministry:

  • Intensive Discipleship – 12 weekly personal meetings with a lead discipler and co-discipler
  • Discovering and applying the believer’s new identity in Christ

Their web site is

Exchanged Life Counseling Certification

If you have been wanting to move forward in being equipped for a biblical counseling ministry, check out the Certification Track. Grace Fellowship International offers this credential through a process than can mostly be done where you live, at your own pace. Here is a new PowerPoint video explaining the steps in more detail: click here. The requirements and instructions are listed at the Certification Page.

New Covenant Recovery Ministry


We had the opportunity last month to speak in chapel and give a brief seminar at Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge in Minneapolis. Here is an outline of the April 27th chapel message: New Covenant Recovery Ministry

An audio recording of the introductory seminar is at here.

A four part Grace Notes series Freedom from Addiction is here.

Years ago we were asked to advise a church on recovery ministry. This site was created to assist them:

Let’s pray for and endorse Exchanged Life recovery ministries, such as:

Joe & Cherri Freeman
America’s Keswick
Mike and Julia Quarles