My CLC Story: Jacob Davis

The Gilmer Christian Learning Center changed my life. It’s as simple as that. From the time I walked through the doors of the CLC as a high school sophomore who hadn’t regularly been part of a church fellowship in several years. Personal circumstances and inner tensions, meanwhile, darkened my worldview and raised doubts about the faith I had grown up being taught to believe. At the time, I hadn’t regularly been to church in several years, and the many stresses and pressures clouding my life overwhelmed me. I was nervous the first day I entered the CLC, but I quickly came to know it as a second home.
I learned more than I though possible through my classes at the Christian Learning Center. I was taught about the Bible and Christianity in a way that was more thorough and penetrating than I had ever experienced in any of my childhood Sunday School classes. The gentle yet potent teaching about the substance of Christian belief challenged my many doubts. Moreover, my teachers, Sid Webb and Mandi Call, were wise and caring guides, and they lived out their teachings in the way they interacted with their students. They projected a picture of God into my life that was so much bigger and so much more loving than anything I had ever dreamed before, and they taught me to use the gifts and talents God had given me for his glory.
I graduated from Gilmer High School in 2002 and pursued my bachelor’s degree at Reinhardt College. While at Reinhardt, I was involved in campus ministries and took up a youth ministry position at a small church as I finished college until moving to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue a master’s degree at Southern Seminary. I finished seminary two years ago and became a pastoral intern at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, where I still serve in various ministries. By God’s grace I have been able to teach, mentor, counsel and journey alongside many people and speak the truth of Jesus Christ into their lives. Even today, I can look back and see the groundwork for my current ministries in the lessons I learned at the CLC and the example set forth by my instructors there.
I stop by the CLC occasionally when I visit Ellijay. I step through the doors and find the same loving, enriching environment that I knew over a decade ago. Thought the staff and students have all changed, the caring, challenging dynamic of the CLC lives on. Caleb Land and Jennifer Colson engage their students wisely and lovingly with the gospel of Christ, and I have seen how God uses the Gilmer Christian Learning Center even now to spread his gospel to the students of Gilmer County. This is a powerful ministry that has changed the lives of generations of students in Gilmer County, including mine, and I pray that it will continue to do so for generations to come.