J. TODD TOLES was born in 1962. He became a Believer in 1970, near his eighth birthday. At the age of 15, Todd attended Bill Gothard’s “Basic Life Conflicts Seminar”. It was there he first learned there was more to being a Christian than just going to church and, ultimately, heaven. Under strong conviction, He dedicated his life in service to God. He worked with Child Evangelism Fellowship during his high school years, as well as teaching several Bible studies and discipleship groups for his friends in his church's youth group. Many of those youth later grew up to be pastors, missionaries, and other full-time ministers. At age 19, he started his first ministry team to work in the poor projects of Huntsville, Alabama.
In 1985, he joined the Huntsville Fire Department. During his tenure with the Department, he honed his teaching skills as an instructor of future officers in the fire service. It was also during this time that Todd learned the teaching methodology and leadership principles of team building that form the foundation of his ministry today.
He retired from HFD in 2006 to pursue his church ministry as a vocation. He served 5 years as a youth pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Huntsville, and 4 years as Lead Pastor at 6th Avenue Church of God in Decatur, Alabama. Todd is currently serving local churches through his organization – Church Discipleship Ministries.
CDM is designed to help pastors and churches reach their full potential of ministry and maximize their impact in their community.
I am a product of the Church. I was led to the Lord and trained by Bible believing leaders of local churches to follow our Lord’s Great Commission in making disciples. I was taught to believe and teach the concept of the priesthood of every believer. I was discipled within local churches and given a strong understanding of Scripture; trained to minister to others through teaching and evangelism; and finally, challenged and commissioned to serve God to his utmost.
Therefore, I always have two goals when serving within any ministry:
First, through regular in-depth Bible study, I strive to Equip the Believer, by providing them with all the knowledge and training they desire.
Second, I strive to Empower the Believer by exhorting them to answer God's universal call and, through a reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit, to have a ministry of their own.
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