ello, I’m Evangelist John Van Gelderen, president of Revival Focus Ministries.
As a preacher of the gospel, I speak at a number of churches across the country. Please check my itinerary (Speaking page), and if you find yourself nearby for one of the scheduled events, please consider stopping in for a time of refreshing from the Lord. I would enjoy meeting you.
Revival Focus Ministries is dedicated to evangelizing and promoting the cause of revival in hearts, homes, churches, and beyond. It is through this organization that books and soul-winning tools (tracts, booklets, and Netcasters™ materials) are made available (Store page). My writings, whether books or blog posts, are focused on experiencing Jesus. I believe in order to really live, a person must access and experience the very life of Jesus Christ.
Are you longing to experience the life of Jesus? God put this yearning in my heart and used it three decades ago to launch me on a revival journey that has yet to cease. It began with personal revival, and at times in subsequent years, I have been privileged to witness the reviving power of the Spirit on a corporate level.
Entries on the Blog page cover the Spirit-filled Life (experiencing Jesus personally), revival and awakening (experiencing Jesus corporately), the Holy Spirit (the One who manifests the life of Jesus), and faith (our access to the life of Jesus). I may occasionally address related matters along with highlighting relevant resources.
My burden is to declare the good news of the reviving life of Jesus so that you can experience more of Jesus personally and in your sphere of influence. If you know there must be more to the Christian life than what you are presently experiencing, then the material you find in this blog is for you. I typically post something once a week, either a topical article, a Q&A installment, or (rarely) a video.
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I have been in ministry nearly my entire life. I grew up in a pastor’s home, attended Bible college in the 1980s, earned bachelor and master degrees in Bible, and served as an assistant pastor under my father for five years. I also earned a doctorate degree in pastoral theology in 2008.
In 1992, I entered full-time evangelism and, with my father, founded Preach the Word Ministries to publish/distribute materials on revival and evangelization. This organization (later renamed Revival Focus Ministries) also furthered its reach by sponsoring various conferences over the years. From these beginnings, the Lord has brought me into the pulpits of local churches across the USA and in 20 foreign countries. I have authored eleven books and am working on the twelfth, a devotional Bible study on Romans 6-8, The Gospel to Saints.
I married my wife, Mary Lynn, in 1985. We have one son and call Manchester, Michigan our home. We also started Gentle Praise, a publisher of recordings and printed music.
In my free time, I enjoy reading and fun times with my family. When we are not on the road, we attend Ann Arbor Baptist Church where I have been the staff evangelist since 1998.