A Message from Gary Quinlan
Director of Pastor & Leader Development
Becoming a missionary and having the challenge of being the Director of Pastor & Leader Development for CTM is only possible through the process of becoming "well pleasing to Jesus" and carrying out His plan (2Cor. 5). This chapter, perhaps more then any other, has shown me that He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live to please themselves. We are Christ's ambassadors and God is using us to speak. Think about how awesome this is! There is no higher calling.
The journey God has taken my family & I on has truly been awesome! Thinking back to being raised in a small town in northern Canada where there was very little Christian influence, I can only think of one Christian family in our town. And to this day, to my knowledge only one of the guys I grew up with has come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. My youth was about as far from Christ as I could get. My life was all about me and the things of this world. If God was on my list He was certainly near the bottom. After somehow surviving my reckless youth and high school years, I was on my way to the United States to attend college where I met and married my wife of over 40 yrs., Joanne. We were married at the end of our 1st year of college. We had our first of three children within a year. About that time I began to see it wasn't all about me. (God is always at work)
By the age of 25, I should have been happy and full of hope. I had a wonderful wife and 3 healthy children, had purchased our own home, had a great job with a promising future, yet I found under the surface I was empty and without hope. The world and things of the world didn't bring real joy. Lost and without hope, Joanne and I became "seekers". We began to explore who is Jesus Christ and is He real? Within a year we had both found Jesus Christ and accepted Him as Lord and Savior. We had not only found "Hope" but life eternal! We were delivered from sin to holiness and heaven. (Eph. 2:4-10) "He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago."
One of God's plans was to have me work over 25 years for a major international corporation. As Christ ambassador, he gave me great opportunities to be trained, to work with people at all levels, and to experience many cross-cultural projects. Then in 1991 God moved me on to a higher calling. I left the corporate world to spend the rest of my life in full-time Christian service, following my passion to see where God is at work and joining Him. This meant serving in my church and attending Bible School classes for over six years. In 1997 I became an Associate Pastor in a new church plant until 2003. Next God lead me to serve as the Senior Pastor in another new church plant
In June of 2005, I was given the opportunity to serve on a mission team in the Philippines with Christian Team Ministries. The fruit of that trip in terms of sharing the gospel and the hunger for discipleship is almost overwhelming. God is at work in the Philippines and CTM has been joining in that work for over 15 years. Returning to the U.S., my heart and passions were dramatically altered. I have a renewed desire for missions. I began seeking Gods direction as to how to make the rest of my life the most productive time of serving, sharing, strengthening, and sending.
The Lord has given me a much deeper understanding of how Jesus was moved with compassion for the crowds, and I have a renewed heart for (Luke 10:2) "The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord... ask Him to send out more workers for his fields." Jesus directs us to cast our nets again in the ministry of fishing for men. (Luke 5:1-11)
The goal is very simple (but not easy), "be well pleasing to Him and to carry out his plan." (2 Cor. 5:9). Be equipped and be an equipper.
Having been invited to return to Philippines to work with the local churches, pastors and government leaders each year, the plans are now in process. This will include taking my wife Joanne so we can meet the needs of a couples conference and minister to pastors’ wives.
CTM provides innumerable opportunities to become involved in community activities, as well as cross-cultural ministry projects. We encourage you to open your heart and mind to the possibilities of joining the CTM team with us.
Pastor Gary Quinlan
Director of Pastor & Leader Development