Meet the Founders
“God’s will for our lives does not always proceed in a straight line.” Jim and Renee have certainly identified with this Amy Carmichael quote.
With over twenty years in managerial experience in business, Jim received a call to enter ministry. His world was about to change. Jim’s journey began in youth ministry where the call to the Pastorate was affirmed and confirmed. He became licensed and ordained with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. While serving as Youth Pastor at two churches, Jim continued as manager in the grocery industry where he led the company in sales and gross profit. Then God asked him to surrender his career, youth ministry position, and securities to enter the mission field.
Renee graduated from college with honors and experienced numerous successful years in the pharmaceutical industry when she was called to surrender it all. She dedicated herself full-time to home educating her children. It was a great investment. During that time she received a burden for youth in her community and partnered with Jim in youth ministry. After several years, both Renee and Jim believed it was time to minister full-time.
They responded to the call of missions. That meant leaving everything they were comfortable with and those they loved. Two of their three children joined them in a journey to a country where they knew no one. This was about to be the biggest step of faith they had taken yet. Stepping out into the unknown requires one to trust God at many levels.
While serving in their initial position as missionaries in the Dominican Republic, they received a vision from God. They were called to empower the Dominican pastors. This vision grew into founding Every Day Ministries in 2006. The ministry has since then duplicated and expanded!
Jim is president of EDM; both in the United States and the DR. He directs the ministry’s programs, construction projects, visiting teams, and communications with the national pastoral associations. He also preaches, pastors the pastors, and designs training programs for the pastors to implement. Jim has a heart to see others raised up into their God-given call and gifting.
During the time of ministering to the nationals, God stirred Renee’s heart to answer the call of Pastor. It was while in the DR that she became licensed and ordained with RAIN Ministries. It was another decision and leap of faith that was God led and God affirmed.
Renee has a heart for the pastors and leaders, especially the women. Through Deborah Generation, a ministry for women in leadership, Renee carries out this charge. She directs this part of the ministry with passion and is witnessing the fruit of her investment. There are other roles Renee assumes in the areas of administration, preaching, training, fundraising, and hosting visiting teams.
Jim and Renee say that it has been worth every risk. Since the time of launch, the Lord has demonstrated His favor and power. Many lives have been transformed by the love and power of Jesus. God has revealed His heart for the nationals and how He wants to advance His kingdom both in the Dominican Republic and beyond. In fact, the ministry has grown tremendously. Every Day Ministries now extends from the north coast to Santo Domingo, where the new headquarters has been established. EDM is currently networked to over 2000 pastors and is growing.
Recently Renee and Jim founded a humanitarian work, Every Day Hope. Its focus is building self-sustainable communities to improve the quality of life. Pioneering is never done.