“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Appreciatively in the Lord,
Dr. Robert H. Turrill
President & CEO
Evangelical Church Alliance
The ECA’s Rev. Richard Coleman Speaks at February 2015 Wheaton Evangelism Conference
Rev. Richard O. Coleman
Rev. Coleman, Senior Director of Mobilization and Candidacy for The Mission Society, headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, serves domestically and internationally in overseeing the ministry’s efforts in recruiting and screening missionary candidates. To hear his powerful message referenced above in which he challenges the popular concept of “fragmentation evangelism”, click here.
ECA RECEIVES ABUNDANT LIFE FELLOWSHIP IN CHRIST CHURCH AS ASSOCIATE MEMBER
Rev. Roger C. Thomas and First Lady Barbara
The ECA welcomes Abundant Life Fellowship in Christ Church of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, USA into Associate Membership. Co-pastored by ECA member, Reverend Roger Thomas, and his wife, Minister Barbara, this local expression of the body of Christ truly lives its motto, “Reaching the lost at any cost.” Committed to preaching of the Gospel from the pulpit and sharing the love of Jesus through community outreach, the church, serving as salt and light to save and edify souls, exemplifies the mission of the ECA. May the Lord be praised.
The ECA’s Dr. Jangbaeg Lim ministering in Japan
Leading worship with my wife, Eunjeong
In September 2009, my wife, Eunjeong, and I arrived in Japan and took up residence in the city of Kyoto near Osaka in the central part of the country. This is a very traditional and historical area for the nation. As Kyoto was the capital of Japan 1000 years before Tokyo assumed that prominent role, many Buddhists temples exist in and around the city, which still hosts cultural festivals celebrating idol worship.
My children, Shion and Eunhye
Many people who live the Kyoto area are very conservative in their lifestyle and traditional in upholding their ancient, native religious beliefs. During the launch of our ministry, this made for a very challenging situation for our family as the spiritual warfare proved to be intense. This situation, as well as our efforts to learn the new culture and language, required much prayer. I began preaching the Gospel to local people and brought them to church. Through our evangelistic efforts, we made many friends, and step by step God opened the doors for ministry in many local churches.
Baptizing one of my congregants
So far, we have served in three churches, and I am now working in Uzumasa Church, located in central Kyoto. For a long time this church had many difficulties, but through the grace of God, it changed little by little. In association with the church, I was recently involved in large evangelism conference called Love Sonata. Since in Asia, Korean culture has won popularity, and many Korean stars are Christian, for the event, we invited them to assist in the effort to evangelize the local people. There was a strong Gospel message similar to that for a Billy Graham crusade. About 1900 Japanese people attended, and by the grace of God 101 of them trusted Christ as Savior. It was not just the number of conversions that were surprising, but also the cooperation of local churches as well in acting with one mind. In Japan God is indeed at work in this generation.
Our Family with some
Uzumasa Church members
I praise the Lord for his wonderful work in the midst of many difficulties we have experienced. Japan needs Jesus, the living God, more than anything else. Please continue to pray for this country, the Kyoto area in particular, Uzumasa church, our family, and the associated evangelistic efforts and mobilization ministry. Thank you very much!
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EVENTS & NEW MEMBERS
Dear ECA members, candidates and friends:
Hardly a day passes without news of yet another instance of Christian persecution, now pandemic and affecting almost every region of the globe, whether in the form of confiscation of property, employment discrimination, denial of tenure for university professors, the burning of churches, public executions, biased media coverage, or a host of other venues. The reticence of even Western governments to acknowledge Christians as the target of these attacks reveals a political correctness that in some cases appears to condone such acts, or at least to disallow specifying the association of the perpetrators for fear of offending other related parties. Even so, this time of persecution is not unlike that for first-century Christians in Asia Minor to whom under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the fourth chapter of his first epistle to them the Apostle Peter wrote, 12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation (NASB). Many brothers and sisters under our care may be experiencing other hardships, such as disease, wayward family members, or financial pressures. Whatever the trials, how do we as ministers persevere and prevail, when also in those valleys in order that we can effectively lead the flock through them as well? In search of an answer, I invite you to join me at one of our remaining 2015 gatherings, whose theme for the year is “Facing the Fires of Affliction”. At these venues, you will hear uplifting messages that engage the issue and challenge you to that end. A time of worship, holy service of ordination and licensure, as well as fellowship and refreshment with new members and old friends, will also be part of the occasion.
We just concluded our International Conference, held July 21-23 at the beautiful Cincinnati Airport Hilton. The event proved to be a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement and hosted activities for adults, youth and children. For the occasion the ECA examined and received 13 into membership (10 for ordination and three for licensure) and who can be viewed by scrolling further down this column. Attendees who took advantage of the opportunity visited the 70,000 square foot Answers in Genesis Creation Museum just minutes away. To view the agenda for the conference, as well as to see our events planned for the remainder of the year, simply click here! To see photos and bios of speakers for the morning and evening sessions, and to hear their messages, just click here.
I do invite you to mark your calendars to plan to attend the next event on the 2015 ECA calendar, our Fall Gathering and Ordination Ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, October 17, at Christ Church at Grove Farm near Pittsburgh in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA. I look forward to seeing you there. For more details, click on the Fall Gathering & Ordination Ceremony links at the top of this page. -Bob Turrill
Christ Church at Grove Farm
Welcome New Members!
Conferences/Gatherings Ordination and Licensure Ceremonies over the past 12 months
July 21-23, 2015
Canadian National Conference
April 29, 2015
February 21, 2015
December 5, 2014
October 18, 2014
Highlights of Former ECA Annual Conferences
For highlights of former ECA Annual Conferences, the session recordings are available for download on the left hand margin of the Events page.
MILITARY, CIVIL AIR PATROL, VETERAN'S ADMINISTRATION & FEDERAL PRISON CHAPLAIN MEMBERS & ASSOCIATES
Dr. Elmon R. Krupnik, ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman
Dr. Turrill with other Federal Prison Chaplain Endorsers from across the US for August 13, 2015 Ecclesiastical Endorsers and Chaplains Meeting in Denver, Colorado
Federal Bureau of Prisons Chief Chaplain Rev. Dr. Michael R. Smith, Sr. (foreground) and Dr. Turrill (1st row, 4th from left)
August 13, 2015 Graduation of Chaplains Onuoha and Yang from Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina
CH (1LT) John Onuoha, Army National Guard, with wife and son
CH (1LT) Steve Yang, Active Duty Army
United States Navy July 31, 2015 Commissioning Ceremony for the ECA's Chaplain (CPT) Gary Lewis at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
CH (MAJ) Matt Atkins administers
the Oath of Office to Chaplain (CPT) Lewis (right)
Elder Dyson (of the JBER Gospel Service) exhorts the Lewis family to fulfill the Great Commission and then leads the audience in a prayer for their Navy ministry.
ECA recognizes the July 9, 2015 graduation of Azariah Terrell from the U. S. Air Force Chaplain Candidate Course at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina
Azariah Terrell (center)
Azariah with Chaplain (LTC) USA RET Gregory Estes, member of the ECA's Military Chaplain Commission and International Board of Directors
ECA U.S. Air Force Chaplain
Chaplain (CPT) Aleck A. Brown
On June 13, 2015, ECA author and Chaplain (CPT) Aleck A. Brown received a Ph. D. in Biblical Preaching from Newburgh Theological Seminary. Dr. Brown’s dissertation topic, “The Personhood of the Holy Spirit”, should be of interest to all seeking truth regarding the Third Person of the Godhead. The ECA joins this brother in Christ in celebrating his accomplishment and praising the Lord for it! The publication of the dissertation, as well as the republication of the his first book, New Testament Handbook, are forthcoming.
ECA Chaplain (CPT) Timothy Jacobs on the occasion of his May 22, 2015 graduation from U.S. Air Force Chaplain School at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina
Congratulations Dr. Jacobs!
Chaplain (CPT) Jacobs (center)