VANESSA'S CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE
Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Church Leadership and Administration from Hope International University (Fullerton, CA). She has over 18 years of experience serving in children's ministry and has also worked as a school teacher and private school director. She holds a teaching certificate with the Association of Christian Schools and Teachers. She has been a workshop presenter at both the Northwest Ministry Conference in Redmond, WA and the Bay Area Sunday School Convention in Castro Valley, CA. She has also conducted numerous teacher training sessions at churches and online.
To help children’s ministry leaders bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation to kids everywhere.
To be a leading provider of Bible-based resources for children's ministry leaders, regardless of church size or budget.
OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT
The Bible is the infallible Word of God and is the only and final authority for salvation and Christian living.
(2 Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 40:8, John 17:17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
There is only one God, who is fully the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Jesus Christ. In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
(Deuteronomy 6:4, Colossians 2:9, Isaiah 43:11, Ephesians 4:4-6, 1 Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, John 14:9)
All have sinned and are in need of salvation.
(Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8)
Salvation comes by grace through faith by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and resurrected on the third day. In like manner, we obey the commandment of Jesus Christ (John 3:5) and the Apostle Peter (Acts 2:38) through repentance (death to sin), water baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ (burial), and the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (resurrection).
(Romans 6:4-6, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:14-18, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:2-6)
Baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ is a mandate from God that we must follow in order to be in obedience to Him. The Bible makes it clear that baptism is not just an outward sign of commitment, but a requirement to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
(John 3:5, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:37-39, Matthew 28:19, Acts 8:12-16, Acts 10:48, Acts 19:2-6, Acts 22:16)
The Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) is God’s Spirit that comes to live in those who follow Him. Jesus made it clear that one must be born of the Spirit to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Believing in Jesus as our Savior and receiving the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) are two distinct experiences:
“He [Paul] said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.” (Acts 19:2)
There is a distinct sign that follows believers when they are filled with the Holy Spirit:
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4)
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God..." (Acts 10:44-46)
“And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” (Acts 19:6)
The promise of the Holy Spirit is for all generations, not just for those who lived in Jesus’ day:
The Bible teaches that God has called us to love and serve others and to live a life with inward and outward holiness.
(Mark 12:28-31, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Hebrews 12:14)
Jesus Christ is coming again and will catch away His church to Himself. There will be a final judgement and the righteous will inherit eternal life while the unrighteous inherit eternal death.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation 20:11-15)