Recovery Ministry

On September 15th, Mark McKeehan, John Woodward and John Norman attended a conference titled “Understanding Addiction: SET FREE.” Grace Fellowship International and other local ministries had resource tables.

The event was sponsored by Renew Clinic www.renewknoxville.com : “Every year in September, Renew Clinic hosts our Annual Conference on addiction to unite the community of believers around this issue and to invite others to join the conversation. We stand in the gap to ignite hope and freedom in our community. We create space and the Living God fills it. “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free.” Galatians 5:1

This recovery ministry opened less than two years ago. Mark has spoken at the Clinic and they have invited GFI to equip their staff with the Exchanged Life Counseling model.

Keynote speakers at the conference included. Sharon Hersh, Toniel Cain, and Neil Anderson.

GFI’s Recovery Coach training has been revised and is described here.

Dan and Neil (Freedom in Christ Ministries) with GFI’s team

Dr. Lee Turner with the Lord

Dr. Lee Turner, author of The Grace Discipleship Course and other books, went to be with the Lord on July 14th at 93 years of age.

His wife, Mary completed her journey in this life on June 26th. Lee told her before she passed he would be right behind her. He followed her to glory less than three weeks later.

Lee was born December 31, 1928 in Kokomo, Indiana. He married Mary in 1983, after the passing of his first wife, Virginia whom he married in 1947, They are survived by their four children: Sandy, Kregg, Doug, and Rob; seven grandchildren: Eileen, Jonathon, Lindsey, Elizabeth, Collin, Austin and David; and five great grandchildren.

Lee served in the Army as a paratrooper (101st Airborne), stationed in Japan shortly after WWII. After receiving a medical discharge he graduated from Indiana Business College. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy from California Graduate School of Theology in Glendale, CA in 1986. He also served as the President of the Association of Institutional Development Officers from 1976-1980, and was a Trustee of Western Baptist College in Salem, OR from 1985-1990. He was wrote several Christian books which are available from Grace Fellowship International. Lee was an instrument rated pilot and avid golfer.

Lee and Mary were active in Grace Bible Church of Sun City after Lee retired from the Ministry. While in Indiana Lee Pastored Tri Lakes Baptist Church and was vice president of development at Cedarville University in Cedarville OH until 1980 when he accepted a call to pastor Valley of the Sun Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ.

A celebration of life service for them will be held on December 3rd, 2022. In Arizona. For details contact Sandy Ermel at 602-670-1341.

(Adapted from the obituary at Sun City Independent news site)

Dr. Lee Turner

Training in India

Grace Counseling India is a Christian counseling institution with a Registered Office in Chennai. They provide counseling services to individuals, families, students, etc., who are in various needs and hurts. In addition, they offer physical and virtual Exchanged Life Seminars, Counselor Training Certificate courses for Counselors and Mentors. GCI is an affiliate of Grace Fellowship International and can be supported by designated giving in the U.S.A. (via Missions Fund).

In May, June and following they are offering training in their regional language (Malayalam) and English.  Their equipping web site is GCItraining.com

New Jersey Events

Workshop Session at Bayside Chapel

I had special opportunities during a ministry trip to New Jersey to share the fuller message of the Cross and celebrate God’s transformative grace and love. On the morning of June 3rd I was at The Colony of Mercy at America’s Keswick. (We have had their chaplains come to Tennessee for training over the years.) This recovery ministry was started by Cherri Freeman’s great grandfather.

The “hybrid” Workshop (online and in-person teaching) worked out wonderfully. About 18 people from Bayside Chapel in Barnegat enrolled in the online content and met on six Monday nights with pastors Joe Faraldi and Ken Carlson. The concluding in-person event was Friday night and Saturday, June 3,4.  Two other couples from out of state attended and the Lord gave us special fellowship and interaction.

I anticipate using this hybrid model again with other like-minded churches.

Additional photos are at gfiworld.shutterfly.com

-John Woodward

New Executive Director

The Board of Grace Fellowship International is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark McKeehan as the new Executive Director of GFI. Mark has been the pastor of Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church in Knoxville TN for the last 13 years. Mark has also been a member of the board of GFI for the past two and a half years. He was introduced to the exchanged life message back in 2016 and has been teaching it in his church. Below is a personal message from Mark.
With Thanks,
GFI Board
I am so excited and honored to join Grace Fellowship International as the new executive director. I look forward to working with the board and the staff at GFI to continue to teach Dr. Solomon’s Spirituotherapy counseling methodologies and expand the Exchanged Life message into the church. We will continue to utilize the wheel and line diagrams that illustrate, clarify, and demonstrate important aspects of the Gospel to help people come into experiential identification in Christ through faith by illumination of the Spirit, knowing and experiencing who they are in Him.
As a pastor for over 20 years, I have such a heart and passion to see pastors come into their true identity in Christ. My wife Carrie and I have been married for 22 years and we have 5 children. If I could assist you, please contact me at the GFI office or by email: Mark4sa@gmail.com . Next month we will share a revised vision statement that honors our heritage, clarifies our mission, and looks forward to God’s direction in the future.
Mark McKeehan
Executive Director

Seminars and Workshop

Recent “Finding Joy: Biblical Counsel to Overcome Depression” seminars were hosted by Painesville Baptist Church in Ohio, and Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Exchanged Life Counseling Workshop was held in Tennessee. Upcoming seminars and workshops are listed under calendar of events.

Comments from workshop attendees:

Excellent workshop! This is truly a ministry of healing, deliverance, abiding, and surrender to Jesus Christ!
Extremely good notebook, and excellent resource table; presenter was very well prepared and anointed for this  work.
This training is an excellent way to set people free from bondage. We need more instructors like Dr. John.

A photo album or recent events is here: gfiworld.shutterfly.com/pictures/

Men Under Construction

Ministry Review: 2021

Grief Conference

Comfort for the Broken Heart: A Grief Conference was held on December 4th, 2021. The event was hosted by Trenton First Baptist Church in Trenton, Georgia. This conference was organized by pastor Eddie Cantrell and Mark Miller, who welcomed the group in a plenary session.
Five workshops were given by presenters John Woodward, Jim Herndon and Austin Blackwell.

Here is sample of workshop notes from Jim:

Autumn Ministry Events

November, 2021 Workshop Group in Pigeon Forge, TN.

In September we had two seminars that were hosted by churches. Trading Ford Baptist Church in Salisbury, North Carolina hosted the Finding Freedom Seminar. This was promoted by GFI alumni at the local ministry, Capstone Recovery Center. Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Christiansburg, Virginia hosted the Abiding Life Seminar on September 25th. This was promoted by GFI alumni, pastor Michael and Susan Bartlett.

The November equipping events were held in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee: the Finding Freedom Seminar (Nov. 6) and the Spirituotherapy Workshop (Nov. 8-11).

Some Workshop comments:

“This was an awesome training that helped place biblical counseling in a better perspective that I needed. It has given me a greater confidence that I was looking for and helping others.”

“GFI is such a blessing! What a wonderful and educational ministry that does an excellent job in preparing others to be effective discipleship counselors utilizing the Spirituotherapy model.”

Photos of these activities are here: https://gfiworld.shutterfly.com/pictures

Future seminars and workshops are described at this site’s Calendar of Events.