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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.

BOARD MEMBERS:

Carla Ives   HCI Founder/Director

Carla Ives

HCI Founder/Director

Pastor Ron Ives   HCI Board Member/HCI Vessels of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry Chairman & Trainer

Pastor Ron Ives

HCI Board Member/HCI Vessels of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry Chairman & Trainer

Pastor Caleb Ives   HCI Board Member/HCI Multi-Generational Ministry Trainer

Pastor Caleb Ives

HCI Board Member/HCI Multi-Generational Ministry Trainer

Pastor Kirk Packer   HCI Board Member/HCI Vessels of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry Trainer

Pastor Kirk Packer

HCI Board Member/HCI Vessels of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry Trainer

Pastor Wole Gbogboade   HCI Board Member/HCI Africa Consultant/HCI Vessels of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry Trainer

Pastor Wole Gbogboade

HCI Board Member/HCI Africa Consultant/HCI Vessels of Honor (VOH) School of Ministry Trainer

Chris Zeien   HCI Board Member & Special Projects Chairman/Child Sponsorship Director

Chris Zeien

HCI Board Member & Special Projects Chairman/Child Sponsorship Director

Gerald Zeien   HCI Board Member & Special Projects Committee/Supplies Coordinator

Gerald Zeien

HCI Board Member & Special Projects Committee/Supplies Coordinator

Robin Duthie   HCI Board Member/HCI Restoring the Generations Trainer

Robin Duthie

HCI Board Member/HCI Restoring the Generations Trainer

 
 

HCI TEAM MEMBERS:

Isha Walter, HCI Office Administrative Assistant/Staff

Grace Mywenyango, HCI Uganda Administrative Assistant

Shelby Keefer, HCI Prayer Covering Committee/Personal Connect to Partner Ministries

Peggy Phillips, HCI Prayer Covering Chairman

Azuka Gbogboade, HCI Restoring the Generations Trainer/HCI Africa Consultant

Angela Troffater, HCI Multi-Generational Discipleship Ministry Committee/Trainer

Shiloh Homan, HCI Junior Chairman

Jordan Homan, HCI Junior Committee/MI

Lily Ives, HCI Junior Committee/FLA

 

HCI Africa Board:

Pastor Samson, HCI African Director

Pastor S. Olu Oyewunmi, HCI Africa Board Member

Pastor Kunle Kayode, HCI Africa Board Member

Pastor Jare Babasola, HCI Africa Board Member

Pastor Kemi Daniel, HCI Africa Board Member/Word Club Sunday School Teacher Fellowship Coordinator

 

HCI CONSULTANTS:

David Shibley, Discipleship Consultant

Jessica Ives, Trauma/Family/Child Counseling Consultant

Lovie Phillips, Sponsorship Consultant

 
 

International Bases/Hosts:

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Uganda

Abdul Galiwego & Francis Kavuma of Hope Street; Pastor Solomon & Dorothy Kalule of Word Life Church Mission; Pastor 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

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Kenya

Pastor Weston Wachu

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Ghana

Info coming soon

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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