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!

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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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 by June 13.

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