About Glenn Middleton
I was born and raised a Roman Catholic, so in some ways I was raised in a Christian home. However, I never knew Jesus as Lord. I just played the church “game”. I went to church every Sunday and Holy day, and was still very much in the world.
We did a lot of moving when we were growing up, approximately 8 times, most of which was when I was in high school. That was hard for me. In 1971 we moved to a small town named Colon, where I met my wife Ardis. She was Mennonite and a firm Christian, attending Moorepark Church.
We ran into a lot of problems with her family because I was a Catholic. Her mother did not want her to marry, nor date, as far as that goes, either. In 1972 I became Mennonite. Different church, just a different game, but, six months later, I became a Christian, and a very weak one!
In 1973, Ardis and I were married. Soon after, we received a job offer in Indianapolis, Indiana to work for Eli Lilly. We moved there and became involved at the First Mennonite Church and a Bible study. In that Bible study, we both began to grow spiritually.
Meanwhile, my parents started a business, so they asked if we were interested in being a part of it. September 15, 1976 we moved back to Colon, Michigan. Ardis and I began attending South Colon Mennonite Church because it was closer for us. There, we both continued to grow. I gave 100% of myself to God and experienced a deeper walk with Christ. I was filled with the Holy Spirit in 1978.
In 1978, I felt the call to minister. We knew I needed schooling, so we attended Rosedale Bible Institute for one term in 1980. From Rosedale, God led me to go to World Harvest Bible College founded by Lester Sumrall who personally mentored me. During this time, God opened a door for me to be an associate pastor at a church in Sturgis, Michigan. As that door closed, Ardis and I were contacted by a church to see if we wanted to start a new work in Sturgis. So, we started to work, pray, teach and care for the lost and hurt people in Sturgis and the surrounding area. It is that church, Christian Fellowship Center, where Ardis and I have pastored for 27 years now.
During this time, we have continued to grow as a church and our mission is clear; Reach the lost and equip the found to do the work of ministry. This has been a heart passion, to see the body of Christ go out and do the work Christ has called us to do.
I’ve continued to do the work of a pastor. However, there has been a call to reach outside the four walls of the church and to train other churches in what we have found to work as far as reaching the lost and training the people of God to do the work of ministry.
About Middleton Ministries
I began working more and more with a family of churches known as Foundation Ministries. As I began walking with the founder of Foundation Ministries, Pastor Art Good, my role was to train and teach evangelism, and then I became a part of Foundation Ministries’ senior council.
The Lord opened a door for a group of us to start going to the nations. We started out by going to Mexico City, Mexico. We taught on fivefold ministry, based on Ephesians 4:11-15. This is great because within our group we have apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These are not just job titles, but, they are functioning gifts. We teach on what and how these gifts work and flow together in the body of Christ today.
The doors have been opened up for us to go and teach and train what the Lord has placed in our hearts in many other places as well: Nigeria, Africa, Canada, New Zealand, England, as well as right here in the United States.
I was approached by a pastor looking for a job because he did not feel free to teach the things of the Spirit of God. instead of employing him at Christian Fellowship Center, I thought it would be great to see a church start in the Centreville, Michigan area. Since then, that pastor has moved on, but, the church, known as Firm Foundation Ministries pastored by Don & Lisa Smith, is still growing and thriving being.
Since that time, there are a number of churches that have asked me for oversight and training. Thus, a new ministry was born and called Thrust Outreach International. In giving oversight to a church, I will go to the church and get a sensing of what the church would need to develop the gifts that will help align the church governmentally and help the church grow. My job is to advise the leaders of the church as I would see it functioning, and their job is to see see if that is the right thing to do or not. In doing this, we work as a team. I do not work on my own. I work with other fivefold giftings, as needed. This is the way that the Lord wanted it to be as shown in scripture.
While doing this, I still work as the senior pastor of Christian Fellowship Center. In doing this, it takes the hard work of a great staff to help in my absence from time to time.
Today, we work with many churches in the U.S. and other countries. What a privilege it is to work with so many people and so many churches and to let them know they are not alone. There are others who do care and can fill in where they are weak, and they in turn, can help other churches where they are weak, thus building up the body of Christ in a powerful way.
The answer to the United States’ and many other countries’ moral dilemmas is that the body of Christ would go out and win the lost and disciple them to be strong so they also could spread the Gospel of the Lord. It is not about what He can do for us, it is what we can do for Him.