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About the Founder

When Carla followed her husband, Pastor Ron Ives to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to pioneer a new church in 1986 she never imagined how far the journey would take her! She served as The Potter’s House Family Worship Center’s Children’s Pastor for the first 8 ½ years, building the team to 50 children’s workers with “Operation Spaceship” every Sunday morning, discipleship classes at the mid-week service and outreaches throughout the community. The church grew and eventually she was needed in the adult service to minister at her husband’s side. However, the call to children continued to hold her heart and she began taking short-term mission trips to Guatemala to minister to pastor’s children. This led to the realization that most of the pastor’s children were largely unsaved or poorly discipled. Carla’s heart was burdened for the children of the world.

At a mission’s conference in Harbor Springs, Michigan a vision of training pastors, parents, teachers and leaders to reach and disciple the next generation was born. Carla took her first trip to the Philippines to teach her first Children’s Ministry Seminar and watched the passion for children ignite. Since then, she has prayerfully led the growing ministry of Heart Cry International, mobilizing volunteers from the USA to change children’s lives through quality Christian discipleship and humanitarian projects. Over seventy nations have benefited from HCI’s training and/or materials thus far.

Carla has authored several books for adults and children and is a teacher with a prophetic message for this generation. She is a popular speaker for women’s/youth/mission’s conferences or retreats and teaches at Vessels of Honor School of Ministry. Carla is also a member of the Rotary Club, believing in “service above self.” She continues to minister to children worldwide in churches, in schools and in the darkest slums. To the street boys of Uganda, she is “Jaajja” (Grandma); to the children in the orphanage in Haiti she is “Mama Grandma Carla.” Wherever she goes, Carla carries the passion for the next generation and a love that knows no bounds. Saved 35 years ago, she continues to serve Jesus Christ with zeal and commitment.

Carla Ives was born August 29, 1961 and married Ronald Joseph Ives on February 28, 1981 in Midland, Michigan. They live happily in Michigan, still serving as pastors of The Potter’s House. They have three married children and sixteen grandchildren. The grandchildren are Carla’s favorite hobby and greatest joy.

 
 

Leadership Team Members

The HCI Team consists of a large group of volunteers who give of their time, energy, talent and resources to assist with the growing work.

  Pastor Ron Ives   HCI Board Member/HCI Co-Founder/Vessel’s of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry President

Pastor Ron Ives

HCI Board Member/HCI Co-Founder/Vessel’s of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry President

  Pastor Caleb Ives   HCI Board Member/Discipleship Director

Pastor Caleb Ives

HCI Board Member/Discipleship Director

  Pastor Kirk Packer   HCI Board Member

Pastor Kirk Packer

HCI Board Member

  Pastor Wole Gbogboade   HCI Board Member/African Advisor

Pastor Wole Gbogboade

HCI Board Member/African Advisor

  Stuart Rayner   HCI Board Member/Trauma Counseling Consultant

Stuart Rayner

HCI Board Member/Trauma Counseling Consultant

  Chris Zeien   HCI Board Member/Child Sponsorship Director

Chris Zeien

HCI Board Member/Child Sponsorship Director

  Gerald Zeien   HCI Board Member

Gerald Zeien

HCI Board Member

  Dave Behring of LionShare Ministries   Discipleship Consultant

Dave Behring of LionShare Ministries

Discipleship Consultant

  David Shibley of Global Advance   Discipleship Consultant

David Shibley of Global Advance

Discipleship Consultant

  Pastor Samson   HCI African Director

Pastor Samson

HCI African Director

  Pastor Jare Babasola   HCI Africa Board

Pastor Jare Babasola

HCI Africa Board

  Brian Molitor of Malachi Global   Business Consultant

Brian Molitor of Malachi Global

Business Consultant

  Shelby Keefer   Sponsorship Care Team

Shelby Keefer

Sponsorship Care Team

  Pastor S. Olu Oyewunmi   HCI Africa Board

Pastor S. Olu Oyewunmi

HCI Africa Board

  Jessica Ives   Trauma/Family/Child Counseling Consultant

Jessica Ives

Trauma/Family/Child Counseling Consultant

  Lovie Phillips   Sponsorship Consultant

Lovie Phillips

Sponsorship Consultant

  Pastor Kunle Kayode   HCI Africa Board

Pastor Kunle Kayode

HCI Africa Board

  Teena Evans of BCO   Host Ministry Partnership

Teena Evans of BCO

Host Ministry Partnership

  Robin Duthie   HCI Board Member

Robin Duthie

HCI Board Member

  Pastor Kemi Daniel   HCI Africa Board

Pastor Kemi Daniel

HCI Africa Board

 
 

International Bases/Hosts:

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Uganda

Abdul Galiwego of Hope Street Uganda/Boy's Center and Pastor Hosea Nelson Kyasooka of Grace Fellowship Ministries

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Haiti

Pastor Pierrot LaFluer, Adonai Church

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Brazil

Teena Evans of Brazilian Children's Outreach & Pastor Paulo and Pastor Martha Faria of Novidade de Vida

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Myanmar

Pastor Martin (other names cannot be shared for their safety)

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Kenya

Pastor Weston Wachu

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Guatemala

Larry & Marla Johnson of Flames of Fire Ministries

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Oswaldo & Denise Pineros

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Colombia

Ruth Ruibol Ministries

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Nigeria

Azuka Gbogboade of ChristLight Schools

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Canada

Pastor Harvey & Sharon Little