Who We Are

The vision of Caribbean Ministries Association is to empower the churches of the Caribbean by providing an interdenominational Bible training ministry, establishing and equipping God’s people in God’s Word.

Caribbean Ministries Association exists to provide Biblical training to serve the churches and ministries in the Caribbean and Central America. We are committed to teaching Scripture’s foundational doctrines; that the people of God may be fully equipped to rightly divide the Word of Truth.

The Caribbean and Central America are home to many who have heard the Gospel but have only nominal spiritual growth. Churches are numerous, yet skilled teaching and training for the people is limited. Most churches are pastored by lay ministers who have had little opportunity to receive formal Bible training. Equipping these leaders will impact their congregations and generations to come through the Word of God.

For most of these lay pastors and church leaders to leave their homes and churches to attend seminary abroad is not only cost prohibitive, but would leave their churches without a pastor for an extended period of time. These leaders need equipping opportunities in the Caribbean that will allow them to continue their ministry while receiving the training that they need.

 

History

What is known today as Caribbean Ministries Association began in the late 1980’s as a series of short-term mission trips from Woodland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Lighthouse Baptist Church in the settlement of James Cistern in Eleuthera, Bahamas. After experiencing first hand some of the struggles of these believers, the church elders began to ask for additional help.

Over the course of the next decade, with the assistance of leaders in the local Brethren assemblies in Eleuthera and Nassau, the concept behind Eleuthera Bible Training Center (EBTC) took shape, culminating with a grand opening in the spring of 2002. In 2004, EBTC graduated its first class of pastors: 10 bi-vocational men from the island, representing 7 different churches and 5 different denominations, who persevered through 500 hours of coursework in biblical studies. Each one testifies of how much better equipped he is to shepherd the people of God in Eleuthera.

In 2005, CMA added Nicaragua missionaries, Carl and Kathy Most who were involved in youth leader training in partnership with the Nehemiah Center in Managua. Since then, Carl and Kathy have seen this training expand and multiply to other parts of Nicaragua, including León and Esteli.

Today CMA has expanded to many islands and countries throughout the Caribbean and Central America, and continues to look toward the future of providing accessible and affordable theological training.

In addition to and in support of the training ministry, many short-term mission teams have served (and continue to serve) in ministry. These multi-faceted avenues of ministry include teaching English as a second language, Vacation Bible schools, drama, construction projects, sports evangelism, and more.

 

Beliefs

We Believe…

In one God, eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, equal in power, glory and essence; (Deut. 6:4; Num. 6:24-26; Isa. 48:16; Matt. 3:16,17; 28:18-20; John 14:16,17,23,26; 15:26)

In the person of Jesus Christ, God’s unique Son who was God manifested in the flesh, and gave Himself as the supreme sacrifice for man’s sin, satisfying God’s justice against sinners, and is alone the only way of salvation; (John 1:11,12; 6:37; 8:28,29,36,46; Luke 9:51; 10:17; Eph. 1:4; Heb. 1:1-3)

In the Holy Spirit, who reveals Christ, convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment; who regenerates, sanctifies and seals forever those born again through faith in Christ; (John 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7-11, 13-15; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 4:30)

In the Bible, God’s written word – inspired, wholly true and without error in the original manuscripts; (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35; 17:17; Psalm 119:89; 2 Tim. 3:16,17)

In sin as the state of all humanity, inherited from Adam, causing the consequence of death, and from which man cannot save himself; (Gen. 6: 12; Rom 3:23; 5:12; 1 Cor. 2:14; 1 John 5:19; Eph 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Gal. 2:16)

In salvation as the free gift of God by grace through faith in the substitutionary death of Christ, and His subsequent resurrection from the dead; (John 1:11,12;14:6; Mark 1:15; Eph. 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5-7; Rom 3:20-28; 4:16-25; Gal. 2:16; 3:24)

In the eternal security of all true believers; (John 1:11, 12; 3:14-18, 36; 14:16; 5:24; Rom 8:16-18; Titus 3:5-7; Heb. 13:5, 6; 1 John 5:11-13; Rev. 6:9-11)

In the Church, universal and local; (Matt. 16:18; John 14:16; Acts 2:1-5; Heb. 10:25; 2 Cor. 5:17)

In the personal, imminent, and victorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; (1 Cor. 15:51-58; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 2 Thess. 2:1-10)

In the responsibility of all true believers to live in a state of readiness for the Lord’s return – living faithfully and in purity in light of the teachings of Scripture. (John 15:16; Rom 12:1, 2; Gal. 5:16-23)

Staff

 

Bill and Teresa Landers, both from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA, met during their first semester of college and were married the summer after graduation. They have been in full time Christian ministry for 30 years now, with Bill having served as the Senior Pastor of three churches. Teresa has been a 5th grade math and science teacher for the past 17 years. The Landers’ have two grown sons, Jonathan and Jeremy (who is married to Haley).

A very active couple, Teresa played basketball in college and plays tennis with the USTA, while Bill is a runner, having completed 28 marathons. They have enjoyed traveling around the Caribbean getting to know the people in the various island cultures. They also enjoy kayaking and snorkeling when they have the opportunity. Both of them have a love for the homeless community in their adopted hometown of New Orleans, LA where they go a couple of times each year to serve in various homeless ministries.

During the summer of 2014, God began speaking to them about the possibility of moving to the mission field. At the end of this year, Bill and Teresa will begin to transition from the pastorate in Lindale, GA to the island of Eleuthera, a largely undeveloped island in the Bahamas, to serve as international missionaries with the Caribbean Ministries Association. Their ministry will include training local pastors and church leaders, developing a Biblical disciple making strategy for the island, sharing the Gospel, and hosting mission teams who come to the Eleuthera Bible Training Center.  Visit their blog site at: www.foreleuthera.com

Shaffer Family In 2014, David and Kathryn Shaffer began their mission experience at the age of 70 when most people begin retirement! Their passion for missions began in the summer of 2013 following David’s mission trip to the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. At that time, they realized that the Lord was leading them away from their “planned” way of life in Chattanooga, TN.

Kathryn, having been born in Champaign, Ill and raised in the Midwest, had earned a Master degree in public administration. David, a surfer dude from Southern California, had earned a Doctorate degree in education to compliment his experience as a professional musician. They had four children and both had prior experience as teachers and executive directors of non-profit organizations In California, Iowa, Indiana, Florida and Tennessee.

So, with experience behind them and life still ahead, David quit his job, they sold them home, and moved into the lower part of their daughter and son-in-law’s home in Colorado Springs to begin their ministry with CMA. They are in the early stages of writing college curriculum, and making contacts to bring people to the Caribbean for observation of training native pastors/lay people, coursework, service projects and cross-cultural experiences for people who are interested in mission work. They are excited to be a part of CMA missions bringing teams to the Caribbean to experience how God can change one’s life as He did theirs.

luttrellfamilyWe are Bill and Joy Luttrell and the Lord has blessed us with seven children – Savannah, Holland, Kassie, Katie, Joshua, Sophia, and Zeke. We are currently serving with CMA and leading the Bible Training Institute on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas. The Lord has grown our faith in many ways over the years and has given us a desire to be involved in what He is doing around the world. We have served in many different capacities in our local church over the years in the areas of children’s ministry, small groups, and discipleship.

Our lives were changed as we went through a leadership training program at our church where God’s Word came alive to us as we learned to study the Bible for ourselves. Through this leadership program, the Lord gave me (Bill) a heart for discipleship and equipping other men and women for service in God’s Kingdom and I served as an instructor in this program for many years. Joy spends most of her time homeschooling and discipling our children in God’s Word.

The Lord has shown us the importance of missions and equipping national Christians to reach their own people and we are excited to be a part of the work He is doing in the Caribbean through CMA.

Carl & Kathy Most are a cross-cultural family.  Carl, was born & raised in New Zealand, and Kathy was born in the USA and raised in several countries as a missionary child.  After training and serving for several years in ministry, in New Zealand, the Lord called the Most family in 1995 to serve Him in full time missions.

One of their greatest delights was being able to serve the people of Nicaragua for 19 years. It was an amazing journey over the years! They were blessed to work in a wide variety of areas: short term teams, orphanages, discipleship classes etc.

In January of 2005, they began serving with Caribbean Ministries Association, whose main focus is to equip church leaders for the work of the ministry.  This miraculously led to a 13 yr partnership between CMA and the Nehemiah Center, in Nicaragua. God blessed Carl and Kathy with the opportunity to initiate a Youth Leadership Development Program.  This program primarily equipped church leaders and their members to better serve at-risk youth and their families, challenging them to step outside their church walls with the love and hope of Christ for all.

More recently God has begun a new and exciting chapter in their lives. Asking them to leave Nicaragua, God is leading them to now focus on an ever-growing ministry opportunity CMA has in Cuba. This begun with them, and some of their Nicaraguan pastors who had graduated from their courses, going to Cuba to share the course and personal stories of transformation and impact in the churches and cities of Nicaragua.

Now having been trained, many Cubans are inspired and raising up to take this training through out Cuba, seeking to see more incredible stories of God’s amazing grace redeeming lives both inside and outside of the walls of the church.

For Carl and Kathy, it is an honor to get to be a part of this new vision and movement of God in Cuba. They are looking forward to being a greater part of CMA’s ministry, not only in Cuba, but also in the other Islands of the Caribbean where our mission serves.

Voss FamilyPaul and Lisa Voss began serving with CMA in 2000. Paul served as Field Director at the Eleuthera Bible Training Center from 2001-2005. Following a three year stint as Associate Pastor of Discipleship & Administration at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church in Stuart, FL, they returned to serve with CMA in January 2008. Paul serves as Executive Director of CMA, overseeing the missionary staff and expansion of the ministry of CMA.

Both Paul and Lisa were raised in Christian homes and were saved at an early age. Paul attended West Georgia University and received a Bachelor’s in Business Management in 1993. Lisa attended Mercer University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. They were married in 1992 in Chattanooga, TN. Their first son, Colby was born in 1995, followed by their daughter, Jessica in 1998 and in December 2007, Caleb was born. After working several years in the corporate world, Paul strongly sensed God’s call to ministry in 1999.

Following Paul’s first mission trip in 1999 to Eleuthera, Paul and Lisa sensed that God was calling them to full-time vocational ministry. They moved to Eleuthera in March 2001, serving with the Eleuthera Bible Training Center. They hosted short-term teams from the U.S. who came to complete the construction of the training center and missionary housing. Paul stayed busy overseeing the ministry there, as well as recruiting students for the training school. They experienced the first group of students complete the two-year program of classes and graduate in 2004. This was only the beginning.

Paul and Lisa have always known that God called both of them into ministry. Although Lisa’s ministry looks much different than Paul’s, it is no less significant. Lisa stays busy as a wife and mother as well as a mentor to other women. She invests in her kids by homeschooling them. She is also involved in discipling staff wives and other mom’s in similar situations. Lisa also has a love for singing and uses this gift often in church. Colby loves tennis, hunting and fishing with his dad and both grandfathers. Jessica has a love for music – both piano playing and singing. Caleb loves playing with mom and dad as well as his siblings. Both Paul and Lisa have a passion for discipleship because their lives have been so significantly impacted by godly men and women that have mentored them.

 

National Partners

Knowles FamilyKevin Knowles was born in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, but has spent most of his life based in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He has been serving the Lord in his local church and as an itinerant evangelist for several decades. This ministry takes him to many different islands in the Bahamas to share the gospel and preach in different churches. Kevin and his wife, Bridgette, have four children and two grandchildren.

Kevin has been instrumental in establishing a CMA presence on Grand Bahama. It was through his partnership and support that Bible training began on the island in 2008. He was also key to helping CMA staff get settled on the island and build relationships with local church leaders to help grow the credibility of CMA.

Currently, Kevin is on staff with CMA to continue expanding our relationships with the local church, to oversee the Freeport Bible training institute, and to assist in developing other aspects of the ministry throughout Grand Bahama and Abaco.