Colin and his wife, Virginia, are children of missionaries under SIM. He was a professor at BIOLA University for 23 years and for 13 of them was Missions Elder at Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles. During his tenure at C.O.D., he also served as Bible School Director, Elder of Christian Ed., chairman of the Pastoral Search Committee, member of the Relocation Committee and teacher in Torrey Bible Institute. He was Executive Director of ACMC for 2½ years. He became Vice President of Eternal Truth Ministries January 15, 1990 and President of ETM/North Carolina May 11, 1995. His commitment to the authority of the local church and the responsibility of the church to "make disciples" is well known through his conference ministries and writing. After 53 years of love and service together, our Father in heaven took Jinny to her eternal reward on September 12, 2012.
"Lord, send me anywhere, only go with me; lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any tie, save the tie that binds me to Thy service and to Thy heart. My Jesus, my King, my Life, my All, I again consecrate my life to Thee."
—David Livingston, abolitionist and medical missionary.
Though our methodology is very different from Livingston, our heart and passion is the same: freedom and healing, especially in relationship to the Bride of Christ. The interesting part of our story is that we did not experience this personal freedom and healing until after we were already in fulltime Christian ministry, though we both grew up in the church and attended a Christian University. Colin and Jinny McDougall initiated a relationship with us that demonstrated the love of the Father, trained us in our Scriptural understanding, and showed us how to practically apply these truths to our lives, marriage, and the parenting of our four children. We personally understand the pressure for perfectionism on the life of those in ministry. Yet, we found a safe place sitting around a table with these two disciple-makers asking questions and exploring truth. Through these relationships, we have been show the grace of God and have developed a heart to make Him known. Since all authority has been given to the church, our desire is to demonstrate and communicate God's strategy for His Bride. The ruby of freedom, the sapphire of healing, and the diamond of vitality are available to the church now. Our job is to help the church and church leaders discern between these precious jewels and the glittering glass and flashing foil that distract from the vision of making disciples of nations. Our greatest hope is that upon His arrival, He finds His Bride beautifully adorned and ready.
We met in 2006 while attending Cedarville University. After dating for a few years we tied the knot in 2009. When we got married, we first lived in Indianapolis, and were active in the church we attended there. It was during our time there, at Cornerstone Community Church, that we were introduced to ETM and began the process of being discipled. Through our interaction with ETM we developed a heart and passion for serving local churches and investing in the lives of individuals. Ben felt called into the ministry and was ordained in 2012. After many months of prayer, God clearly opened the door for us to become a part of ETM in March of 2013.
It has been fun to see the ways that God prepared both of us for our roles at ETM, Ben as the Properties Administrator and Jes as the Business Manager. We both had different life experiences that seemed odd or "random," yet now we see how God was using those things to prepare us to serve on this team. Ben owned and ran a landscaping company in Indiana and also worked in different construction roles for a few years. Jes worked in an office setting where she had customer service experience before transitioning to the role of billing specialist for a growing company. But above our life experiences, we know it was relationships with more mature believers who encouraged us to focus on being committed followers of Christ that really prepared us for this ministry.
God has entrusted us with two wonderful kids who we enjoy deeply and who have taught us much! Wyatt was born in September of 2013 and Josie joined us in June of 2015.
We continue to thank the Lord for allowing us to serve in this way and for giving us opportunities everyday to grow in our relationship with Him!
Meet Rance and Jennifer Shuler. Rance grew up locally here in Graham County, while Jennifer was raised on the farmland of eastern NC. During the summer of 2009, Rance and Jennifer met in Trinidad while serving the Lord Jesus on two separate mission trips. They were joined in marriage in November 2010. Rance and Jennifer both knew that full-time ministry would be a part of their future but what that would look like was certainly not clear at the time. During this period of praying and waiting, Rance and Jennifer served alongside the Eternal Truth Ministries' team, remained committed to making disciples, and underwent much training and equipping to be ordained into the Gospel Ministry. In June of 2014, the Lord blessed Rance and Jennifer with a son named Jayden. In 2015, Rance resigned from 8 years as a middle school math and science teacher, bus driver, and cross country coach while Jennifer stepped down from her job as a CPA for a public accounting firm she was employed by for 10 years. Rance was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel and commissioned by Robbinsville First Baptist Church in November 2015 under the shepherding of Pastor Noah Crowe and the couple stepped out in faith as full-time missionaries with Eternal Truth Ministries. For family fun, the Shuler’s thoroughly enjoy hiking in God's Appalachian Mountains!
"…that we may present every man mature in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily." Colossians 1:28b-29
God's grace was abundantly given to me. I was born in Chicago into an Italian Catholic family of seven children. My family moved to Michigan during adolescence. I attended Michigan State University, and there God's grace brought me to know Jesus and experience the beginnings of discipleship training. I continued training at Western Seminary in Portland, OR and learned to study the Scriptures, teach and preach God's Word while being discipled by my gracious pastor. God’s grace continued as I went to serve God in Italy.
The most significant and life changing training took place while learning with ETM that less of me was desperately required. God revealed I needed to die to my ego if there was going to be any lasting fruit that was pleasing to God. It became clear what Jesus actually said and required of anyone to become His disciple; forsaking all and following Him. The past 10 years has been another grace filled period of growth.
My focus, goal and passion is to follow the Jesus model in Milano, Italy. I am trusting God for a team of disciple-makers who will invest deeply in the lives of others. Personally, I desire that God continue to grow my new son of God nature as I open my life as a change agent to others. It's a challenging lifelong task but extremely rewarding as our Lord is free to accomplish His purposes, His plan of building His true Church through discipleship. May Paul's attitude be true in our lives, to live is Christ, to die is gain, all indeed by His grace.
I am a child of missionaries who served with SIM in West Africa. After graduating from BIOLA, I served for two years with SIM in Ethiopia as a missionary from Church of the Open Door. Upon returning to the US I took a position with BIOLA in their Computer Services department and have spent over 40 years working in the Information Technology field.
During my years in California I was active in the Church of the Open Door, teaching Sunday School, leading the Women’s Missionary Fellowship and thru them the hospitality team. In 1993 I moved to North Carolina where I have been privileged to help ETM in a technical capacity and teach the Community Bible Study in Robbinsville. My passion is to share my love for the Word of God and the God of the Word through the teaching of the Word and personal disciple making.