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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Published by on July 2nd, 2015

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It’s summer time!  We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are!  Although we do not have students at CLC the months of June and July we are busy preparing for them.  We have been doing maintenance on the building, and getting it ready for our students that will be here the first week in August!  We have been fixing lights, touching up pain, and cleaning up from the amazing year!

While we have been preparing physically for our coming students, we have also been preparing spiritually.  We know that the students who will walk through our doors in August will be facing many difficulties.  Many will not know Jesus.  We will also meet our very first 6th grade CLC class.  So, we pray, we study and we ask Jesus to help us love the students as His hands and feet.  God has changed many lives through this ministry in the past 30 years.  Many students have met Jesus and many have grown in their faith.  As we prepare will you pray for us, and for the students who will be taking CLC beginning in August?  We will have well over 100 students in our building every day.  We will need more Bibles, new curriculum, and all that goes along with new classes! This is an exciting time for us and we know the Lord will provide.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for praying for us throughout the year and for supporting us financially.  Without you these students would not have CLC, and many would never hear about Jesus.  We had two students come to know Christ in the Spring, and several students heard about Jesus that did not know Him.  Many students who did not have a Bible received one thanks to our Local Gideons.  I have also had several students tell me they are now attending church because of their time in CLC.  Thank you for your support of CLC.  You are making a difference!  We are so grateful!


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New Opportunity

Published by on June 3rd, 2015

It has truly been an amazing Semester.  We have seen the Lord work in the lives of the students at the CLC.  When I tell people about our ministry most people cannot believe that we get to teach the Bible to students during the school day.  I can hardly believe it myself.  Yet it is our privilege 180 days a year.  We have the opportunity to pour the Truth of God’s Word in to their lives.  It changes them.  They experience the love of Christ and hear His Truth and it gives them Hope.  Others begin to question and truly seek God.  We pray that God uses what they have heard to draw them into a relationship with Him.  The CLC is such a special ministry.  We are able to minister to teens that may never attend church by helping them to see who Christ truly is during their most formative years.

For the past 30 years we have served more than 5,000 students in the high school.  In the last 2 years we have been able to offer CLC to 9th graders as well.  Now we are thrilled to announce that we will be offering a 6th grade CLC class. We were given School Board approval in May and are moving forward to make this 6th grade class a reality in the fall.  We will be offering the 6th grade CLC class 1st period when we do not have any high school students in the building.

We know the Lord has provided a way for this class and we trust He will continue to provide for us in every way!  Please be praying that God will provide the extra funds for the new program.  We have such a HUGE opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these 6th grade students during some of their most challenging years.  Sixth grade students are forming ideas about their identity, value, and purpose.  We want to provide an opportunity for these young students to investigate the Bible for the answers to these important questions.

Please consider sharing this great news with your church and friends.  We appreciate your partnership and generosity!  With your help we will continue to take on new opportunities like this one to share the Word of God with Gilmer County students.


Job Opening:

The CLC seeks to hire a part time teacher with a maximum of 10/12 hours a week for our 6th grade class.  Some weeks the class will meet 2 days a week and other weeks the class will meet for 5 days.  This person needs to be energetic, flexible with their work schedule, a strong believer in Christ and part of a church.  Send your resume, your testimony, and a written reference from a pastor to jennifer@gilmerclc.org by June 13.

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Run for the Son – A Huge Success!!

Published by on May 4th, 2015

We want to thank everyone who came out to our 5K Saturday, May 2 and ran, walked, and volunteered.  It was such a fun day and such a blessing for our ministry.  We are so grateful to all the sponsors who made the event possible.  Run for the Son is one of our largest fundraisers.  The race, banquet, and monthly donors make CLC possible.  We are not funded by the school and do not receive government support so we rely on your generous donations.  We were very blessed to have such amazing sponsors this year for our race.  Please make sure to thank our sponsor next time you visit their business!

Our Run for the Sun was the most successful yet!  We had almost 160 racers participate in the 1 mile fun run and the 5K!!  Our racers loved  running through the new downtown location and the new set up at the First United Methodist Church.  The first person to cross the finish line was local track coach Tommy Jones with a time of 17:49.  Luke Stoltz was seconds behind him and their competition helped make the race very exciting.  Everyone had a great time!

For race times go to http://www.fivestarntp.com

The Gilmer Christian Learning Center
Thanks our 2015 Race Sponsors!

Platinum Level
Appalachian Photography
Clear Creek Mini Storage LLP
Frady Farms
Hensley CPA
In Memory of Ronnie Evans
J & M Contractors, LLC
R & A Orchards
KAM Contracting Southeast, LLC
Whitepath Fab Tech

Gold Level
East Ellijay Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
North Georgia Christian Academy

Silver Level
Candra Warren: State Farm Insurance Co.
Hall’s Tree Service
Hannah Frady
Huff’s Drug Store
Kaleb Frady
Lisa Lacey, Joyful Journey, LLC
Logan Funeral Home & Chapel
Mitchell & Paulette Morgan
Nancy Sauls
North Georgia Computer Brokers
Rex’s Pest Control
Southside Express Lube
Sparks Lumber, Inc.
Star Energy, LLC
Superior Building Products
Thomas Oil Company
Bronze Level
Anytime Fitness
Appalachian Tree Works
Bernhardt Funeral Home, Inc.
Blushing Beauty Lounge
Brenda Evans
Calvin Rolan/Edward Jones Investments
Charles Edmondson State Farm Insurance Agency
Coldwell Banker High Country Realty
Community & Southern Bank of Ellijay
Community Bank of Pickens County
Dairy Queen
Ellijay Fitness
Ellijay Tire
ENDLESS INK: Tiffany Camp Watson
Gilmer County Farm Bureau, Inc.
Hayes Tire & Service Center
Holly Faith Apartments, Inc.
Jerry’s Body Shop
Kayann Hayden West, Attorney at Law
Larry’s Body Shop
Logan Sawmill, Inc.
Marvin Chance/ R. L. Jennings & Assoc.
Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant
Paul & Diane Nealey
Payne Insurance
Sanford’s Garage
Spivey’s Body Shop
Twin City Motors, Inc.
United Community Bank
West Point Farms

Other Sponsors
Affinity Med Screens
Apple A Day
Appalachian Supply Co.
Barbara’s Hair Designers
Bear’s Garage
Bob Worley Insurance
Cartecay Thrift Store
Charlotte L. Davis
Clark & Clark Attorneys at Law
Crossroads Grocery & Deli
Dance ETC Studio
Double L Log Cabin Grill
Dr. Deborah Swanberg/Envision a Chiropractic Healing
Five Fifteen Building Supply, Inc.
Hair Dimensions
Holt’s Drive Thru
Hometown Florist
Johnson Nursery
Logan Life & Health Insurance Agency , Inc.
Lori Wetzel – Hair Stylist
Mark Queen Salon
Medical Billings Partners LLC
Moo Bears Ice Cream & Treatery
Mr. P’s Take Out Food
Piggly Wiggly
Robert Westmoreland/ Insurance Agency
Ronnie Thompson Ford

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Published by on March 2nd, 2015

studentsPraise God for the light of His Word! Currently, I’m going through the book of Exodus with my classes. In the Biblical account of God parting the Red Sea, it is said that God’s presence brought darkness upon the Egyptians and light to the Israelites (14:19-20). This reminded me of the spiritual principle that those who oppose God are blinded in unbelief, while those who trust God are given insight into His “treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). It is my deepest hope that my teaching will serve to shine forth the light of the Gospel and help open the eyes of my students. I pray that they will see and experience the goodness of God and His love for them. While I do my best to demonstrate the trustworthy nature of Scripture, as the famous Augustine once wrote, “I believe in order to understand.” I want my students to have more than head knowledge. I want them to have a personal, life-giving knowledge of Jesus Christ (John 17:3).

As I am getting to know my students better, I can clearly perceive that God’s Word is not falling on deaf ears. Many of the students are eager to learn more. With the others, I trust in the Lord’s promise that His Word will have its effect and not return empty (Is. 55:11). I ask you to join me in the prayer that God will not only speak through me as I teach, but that He will also soften the hearts of the teens listening. As our Lord has said, without Him I can do nothing (John 15:5). I am always careful to present the good news in every lesson. Please ask the Author and Finisher of our faith to confront the students with the reality and eternal significance of the Gospel message. Moreover, for the students who do have a relationship with Christ, pray that they might have the courage to make a stand for Him in the midst of their peers. More than one student has already expressed to me their difficulty in witnessing to friends. Pray that God gives them the words to say as they let their own light shine. May this light fill the earth and those in darkness be delivered from their blindness! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this marvelous work and God bless you for the crucial part that you play as well.



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