To Proclaim His Name….

Published by on November 16th, 2015

I will give thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to thank you for supporting us in this great ministry.  Our students are growing up in a world that considers sin righteousness and righteousness sin.  They live in a culture that is hostile to the Gospel and the Word of God.  They are bombarded by temptations all around them.  By supporting the CLC you help provide a voice of truth in the midst of all the noise and chaos  for many who might never hear the truth otherwise.

We have a few more weeks with our current students.  We are burdened for them and long for them to know Jesus and grow closer to Him.  Please pray with us for many of our students to begin a  relationship with Jesus.

We will also be giving all of our senior students a bible as they leave our CLC classes at Christmas.  We will be getting all new students in January but want to make sure those seniors students leaving us have a Bible from CLC.  If you are interested in helping with this financial expense please mark your extra gift “Bibles”.  Thank you for helping us with this important need.

We want to echo Paul by saying to you what he said to the church at Philippi, “I thank my God in all my remembrances of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now (1:3-5).”


Published by on October 5th, 2015

CLC Mentoring Program

The word Mentor in magazine letters on a notice board


Mentor Training

Saturday, October 24 @ CLC from 1:00-5:00 pm

We are currently accepting applications for mentors and proteges for the 2015-2016 school year.  We hope you will be able to attend this free training. Please feel free to contact Buddy Smith, our Mentor Supervisor, at the CLC office: 706.635.7100 or email

What is Mentoring?

God’s desire is for people to know Him. Person to person, hand to hand, the Bible tells us the story of God revealing himself to us through His Son, and then sending us to bring his message to the world. Mentoring is part of that Biblical process of discipleship in which individuals from older generations build intentional relationships with individuals in emerging generations for the sake of establishing convictions, cultivating character, and building community.

Simply put, young people need adults to come alongside them, to teach them, encourage them, challenge them, promote their growth and maturity, and advocate for them. We want to see young people grow, flourish, and be fruitful in life.


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Published by on September 22nd, 2015

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Ronda Rich, guest speaker and Jennifer Colson, Director of CLC

We want to thank everyone who attended our banquet Thursday, September 17.  It was an incredible night of celebrating all that God has done in and through the ministry of CLC.  We have had many victories in the past 30 years and we are excited about the opportunities in the future.  Our sixth grade class has just begun this year.  We will have almost 100 students attend this class by the end of May. Our High School classes are going strong with more than 200 in attendance this year.  CLC is not maintaining.  We are growing and want to thank you for your support!  Please consider partnering with us in prayer, by volunteering, financially, or by becoming a Christian mentor through our mentor program.  CLC needs you!

We are so thankful for our faithful board members, our table hosts, all those who donated a silent auction item, and the precious students and Global Youth Ministries who served us dinner at the banquet.

We especially want to thank our sponsors. We are so blessed by their generous donations so that everything given goes directly towards ministering to the students of Gilmer County.

Special Thanks to:

 Cartecay Thrift Store

Anthony and Erica Perkins

 Platinum Level 

Melanie and Fred Beasley

Ken and Carol Lively

Gold Level

Doug and Jan Hall

Laura Huster

Loy and Betty Sue Jarrett

Billy and Stephanie Rowe


Whitepath Fabtech Foundations Inc.

Silver Level

Justin and Tabitha Burney

Cartecay United Methodist Church

Median Adult SS Class: Pleasant Grove Baptist Church

Papa’s Pizza

Park Sterling Bank

Bronze Level

Ellijay First United Methodist Church

Ellijay Tire Company

Kiker Wealth Management

Glen and Helen Snider

Sparks Lumber Company

Thank you!!

 Banquet 2015Our CLC students and Global Youth Ministry volunteers who served at our banquet!  What a blessing you all were!

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 CLC students!

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Our sixth grade class!

Published by on September 14th, 2015

It has been an exciting month at the CLC! Being the newest member of the CLC team, I am learning how wonderful this ministry truly is and how much the youth in our community benefit from being a part of it. Our inaugural 6th grade class has begun with much excitement! We will have these 15 students for the first 9 weeks of school.  As teacher of this class, I am enjoying getting to know them and help them grow in their walk with Christ. This group is full of sweet kids with fun personalities. I have been incredibly blessed by their enthusiasm to learn about God and His word. So far we have talked about who God is, who Jesus is, what it means to have a relationship with God, how to use your gifts for God, and that God has a plan for your life. These kids are definitely not shy and actively participate in group activities, reading scripture, and answering discussion questions. The rest of the course will cover what is worship, how to have godly friendships, how to handle peer pressure, how to be wise with media, and how to live a life of service. I am excited to watch God at work in the hearts of the students! It is a blessing to be apart of the CLC through teaching this class.

The 6th grade class will be showcased in a video as part of the CLC banquet on September 17th. The banquet begins at 6:00pm at the First Baptist fellowship hall. If you are interested in attending the banquet contact Jennifer to RSVP immediately as it is quickly approaching. Please continue to cover all of our students and staff in your prayers. We are so thankful for those of you who support this ministry and make it possible for us to minister to these youth!

-Kerri Ann 


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Welcome Kerri Ann!

Published by on August 6th, 2015

Kerri Ann Sanford

Kerri Ann Sanford joined the Gilmer CLC in August of 2015, as the teacher of the inaugural 6th Grade Program. Mrs. Sanford also currently serves as the Youth Minister at Ellijay First United Methodist, a position she has held since May of 2012. Mrs. Sanford is a 2008 Graduate of Winder-Barrow High School in Winder, GA. While in high school, she was active in her youth group at Winder First United Methodist, while also participating in Volleyball, Cross Country, Tennis, and Chorus. She attended North Greenville University, in Tigerville, South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies in May of 2012. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Professional Counseling at The University of North Georgia. Mrs. Sanford lives in Ellijay with her husband, Reece. They were married in June of 2014, and they have two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, kayaking, playing the piano, and watching Parenthood.

We are thrilled to have Kerri Ann as part of our CLC and know she will love the students and bring glory to God in all she does.  Please join us in praying for Kerri Ann and the rest of the staff as they minister to around 300 students this school year.

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