In 2011, a family member pleading guilty to a code violation-felony in the military. He served 16 months in the brig. Our family was all in on helping this family member. Our daughter lived with us. We helped with legal expenses.
God was at work! God taught our family some much. When our son-in-law completed his sentence, I learn how much his reputation suffered. The conviction of being a felon continued to follow him after he was freed. I also noticed how much he was set back in his earning power to provide for his family.
My son-in-law grew greatly in this relationship with the Lord. Through this all he truly became a better man in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Getting a job after his incarceration was very difficult. His reputation was seriously damaged. I tried to help him get into college. The money was not there.
As Christian Leaders Institute grew, I was beginning to see what a blessing the CLI class would be for those who had completed their prison sentences. Especially for those who were living a new Life for Christ.
This experience was a big factor in what I am passionate about the vision to help create new lives in Christ after trouble with the law. I am passionate about raising up ordained restoration leaders who proclaim Christ.
I hope to empower these leaders with powerful Christian Leaders Institute resources. May God bless every Restorative Justice Leader.
Spring Lake, Michigan
Tony B Bennett has spent the last 14 years serving as a lay minister and putting in over 12,000 hours of personal Scripture study and research yet he believes he is just scratching the surface of his walk in our Messiah. He is here at CLI to get a Bachelors of Chaplaincy degree and become an ordained Chaplain in hopes to help open up more opportunities according to his calling and election.
Though he attended church as a child through the age to about 13 yrs old his journey did not start until he was about 24 yrs old. One day that restoration came about, not within the four walls of the church but outside of it, a heavy conviction laid in his heart in which he fell onto his knees in the kitchen and ever since then he has been a walking intentionally and purposely for the Messiah!
CLI ministry training will allow him to be able to provide a much needed service as a Chaplain i.e. hospitals, VA clinics, and other institutions that are in need of a Chaplain. He got ordained as a Commissioned Minister with CLI and has his Diploma of Divinity with CLI as well!
All this training will allow him to do what he has been called to do which is to serve as a spiritual care provider as well as guide and mentor of the gospel. He hopes to plant a Congregation and minister training center in the very near future.
He looking forward to mentoring other CLI students as they are studying at CLI!
Watertown, Massachusetts 02471