Christian often Struggle with Where and How to Witness.
We Have A Solution
With 35 years of experience witnessing to Mormons, Pastor Mark Cares has developed a distinctive, biblical approach to address the unique challenges—and opportunities—of witnessing to Mormons.
We call this approach...
BUILDING BRIDGES NOT BARRIERS.
We consistently find that when Christians train with Truth in Love Ministry, they inevitably find greater courage and confidence in sharing their faith with ANYONE.
In addition to offering time-tested training, we provide ongoing practical support. This includes person-to person mentoring as well as websites with pages of practical tips, strategies, and witness stories.
Find our more about our time-tested approach to witnessing HERE.
Our journey to understanding Mormonism and starting Truth in Love Ministry spans 35 years. From our early years to developing our unique approach, Pastor Mark has documented our story to help you learn more about Mormonism, becoming a better witness, and learning about training opportunities through our ministry.
meet our staff
Pastor Mark Cares,
I grew up in Monroe, Michigan, a town south of Detroit. This meant growing up as a fan of the Detroit sports teams. I count this a blessing since it has taught me that the things of this world do not give satisfaction.
I inherited a “teasing” gene from my mother. You can ask my staff, but a day rarely goes by without me saying something tongue-in-cheek to somebody.
I attended college and seminary in Wisconsin, the hotbed of Packer fans. This was my first taste of living in a foreign culture. More importantly, it is where I met my wife, Bonnie.
My steps in ministry came by planting a church in Boulder, Colorado. Over 30 years ago, we moved to Idaho to pastor a church in Nampa, where we were introduced to the Mormon culture. From this experience, God gave me the burning desire to share Jesus with Mormons.
All along the way, the Lord has wonderfully blessed me: with a wonderful, growing family (12th grandchild on the way); with supportive fellow-Christians; with an incredible dedicated board; and with fellow workers who are a tremendous joy to work with.
Mark@TILM.org | 208-502-0972
Mike & Delila Byers, Thank You Calls
Delila grew up LDS but became inactive when the pressure of trying to be perfect became too strong. She fondly remembers her baptism at a Christian church. “It felt like a huge weight was lifted off me.” She remains so grateful knowing that Jesus was perfect for her. Each week, Delila & Mike take turns calling our supporters and thanking them. They make a great team together and we're blessed to have them on our team!
I taught Mark everything he knows! Not really but I did teach him how to go witnessing door to door. We both had volunteered for work in inner-city Detroit and since I had some previous experience and he had none, I was assigned to be his coach.
We have been blessed with five kids. I loved raising them and now helping out with the grandkids. I enjoy volunteering for the ministry: doing shipping, writing letters, proofreading, and especially giving Mark advice!
Mission Advancement Assistant
Run, run, run. I am always on the run.
At Truth in Love Ministry, I manage (“run”) the donor database program. I also run really hard to keep our team one step ahead of the production schedule—not an easy task!
As a wife to a pastor here in Nampa, there are numerous church activities to run to, and I run my fingers over the organ keys every Sunday for worship.
As a mom to four boys, I seem to be running after groceries more times than I care to count. And, the running to all their athletic and band activities never ends.
When I finally take a break, I love to run my eyes through the pages of a book, run through a deck of cards in a game of Solitaire, or run a needle through fabric doing counted cross-stitch.
But the greatest race of all is the one described by St. Paul in Philippians 3:13-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” It is my prayer that God blesses all of our efforts to bring more and more people to the banquet he has prepared at the finish line!
Christy@TILM.org | 208-310-7974
I only came for the donuts! Well, that was my plan when attending a Bible study, but God had His own idea. He worked His way into my heart and since then I have worked in ministries reaching out to the lost. What better job in the world?
A few interesting facts about me:
· Logistics and lists are my friends
· I can’t imagine life without coffee
· Mom to 2 grown boys and 2 wiener dogs
· I love crime books, shows, podcasts
· I usually have 3-5 projects going-quilting, crocheting, painting my house, etc. The list goes on and on.
Did you notice the lists?
Danee@TILM.org | 208-481-4718
Director of Mission Advancement
I've adopted the philosophy to bloom where you are planted. Having lived around the country, that means I’ve been a fan of the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Arizona Cardinals.
My dad was my inspiration to become a Christian teacher, which launched a 32-year journey that’s allowed me to serve as an elementary school principal, college admissions director, high school development director, high school president, and now Director of Mission Advancement for Truth in Love Ministry.
You can find all the nitty-gritty details on my LinkedIn page. For the past 18 years, my ministry focus has been fundraising and mission advancement work, which gives me the chance to help people make a difference by getting involved in causes they are passionate about. In 2012, I earned a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Development.
My wife, Kristi, and I are celebrating a 26 year long honeymoon. Our current residence is Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, where we live in a small, two-bedroom apartment. We’re blessed with three wonderful children—all in their early 20s. I’m a sunshine and espresso addict. God has wired me with the unique ability to find coffee shops without asking for directions. I love hiking, audio books, and the Beach Boys. My favorite item of clothing is my wedding ring. Most of all, I’m a firm believer in the miracle of God’s grace and his ability to change hearts and lives.
John@TILM.org | 602-686-0287
Gina Zimpelmann, Communication Coordinator
It still astounds me that I get to combine my love for connecting with people, my excitement to share Jesus and the blessing of personally growing in God’s Word! I am often energized after a day of connecting with others – whether it be on one of our social media accounts, connecting with others over email, phone or in person, or planning with our team. It is amazing to see God working in hearts and through others.
Outside of Truth in Love Ministry, you will often find me with my family. My husband, Matt, and I love love playing board games, watching movies and getting outside with our three kids. Volunteering at church in our children's and women's ministries gives me opportunities to continually connect with others and with God's Word. Other than that, you'll likely find me in one of my "happy" places: cooking, curled up with a good book, or enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend.
When I graduated from college with a degree in elementary education and two weeks later married my then seminary student husband, I could not have imagined how the Lord would plot our course. That we would end up in Idaho where he is a pastor and that God would lead me to be a part of this amazing ministry and sharing his good news of salvation with the lost, makes me grateful that my plans are not always his!
Gina@TILM.org | 208-505-4599
Our Statement of Faith
We believe and the Bible teaches that there is only one God and that He is a unique being.1 He alone has no beginning or end. He possesses many unique and limitless attributes such as omnipotence and omniscience. He created the entire universe, including the human race, from nothing.2 His nature is unique. He is one God consisting of three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.3 His nature is beyond the ability of human reason to comprehend. Instead of this frustrating us, it fills us with awe.
1: Isaiah 45:5
2: Hebrews 11:3
3: There is no single Bible passage that describes God’s unique nature. It is derived from the fact that the Bible clearly states that there is only one God (i.e. Isaiah 45:5). But it also says the Father is God (John 17:3), the Son is God (Philippians 2:6) and the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4). This tri-unity is also seen in Jesus’ command to baptize in the name (singular) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
We believe and the Bible teaches that there will always be a vital distinction between God, our Creator, and us his creatures.4 We believe that sin immensely widened the gap between God and humans. Adam’s fall into sin was the worst catastrophe in history. It brought physical, spiritual, and eternal death into the world and wreaked havoc in mankind’s relationship with God.5 The fall caused the human race to become totally enslaved to sin so that no one naturally seeks the true God or does any good.6 All, by nature, are hostile to God.7 Sin has so completely corrupted the human race that no one has the capacity to bridge this sin-caused gap and reconcile themselves to God.8
4: This distinction between the Creator and his creatures is illustrated by the reverence of the angels in Isaiah’s vision (Isaiah 6:1-3).
5: Romans 5:17-18
6: Romans 3:10-12
7: Romans 8:7
8: Ephesians 2:1-3
We believe and the Bible teaches that God, out of unfathomable love (grace), closed this gap himself and reconciled the world to himself.9 He did this solely and completely through his Son, Jesus Christ who is true God from all eternity.10 The Son of God took upon himself our human nature to become our substitute. He lived a perfect life keeping all the commandments for us, providing the righteousness we need to live with God.11 He then died on the cross as payment for all sin.12 By living and dying for us Jesus left nothing undone. His glorious resurrection serves as wonderful proof that he was totally successful in his saving mission.13 We are saved by grace alone through the work of Jesus Christ alone.14 We further believe that basing any part of salvation in any way on human works ruins salvation.15
9: 2 Corinthians 5:18-19
10: John 1:1
11: Romans 5:19
12: Hebrews 10:10 & 14
13: Romans 4:25
14: Romans 3:22-24
15: Romans 11:6
We believe and the Bible teaches that individuals receive all the benefits of Christ’s work through faith alone.16 Faith is childlike trust in Jesus’s work on our behalf. Repentance is nothing else than the change of mind from trusting in one’s own works to be saved to trusting in the work of Jesus. Faith alone saves but faith is never alone. Trust in Jesus inevitably produces works pleasing to God. It is vitally important to see that such works are the result of being saved and do not, in any sense, contribute to salvation.17
16: Ephesians 2:8-9
17: Ephesians 2:8-10. Note how this passage clearly states that we are not saved by works but we are saved to do good works.
We believe and the Bible teaches that faith itself is a gift of God, created in individuals solely by the Holy Spirit.18 Even here, God takes the initiative to bridge the gap. This was necessary because all, being dead in sin, could do nothing to come to faith themselves. The Holy Spirit creates faith only through the gospel, the good news of Jesus’s saving work on our behalf.19 The gospel is marvelously revealed in the Bible – the only book miraculously inspired by the Holy Spirit.20
18: 1 Corinthians 12:3
19: Romans 1:16
20: 2 Timothy 3:16
We believe and the Bible teaches that the gospel is also miraculously transmitted through baptism and the Lord’s Supper – the Holy Spirit working powerfully through both. He uses baptism to produce faith and save people.21 He uses the Lord’s Supper to strengthen believers’ faith by conveying the forgiveness of sins through it.22 Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are not works believers do for God. They are wonderful blessings through which God powerfully works in people.
21: 1 Peter 3:21
22: Matthew 26:28. 1 Corinthians 10:16
We believe and the Bible teaches that Jesus will come again and bring God’s work of reconciliation to its ultimate conclusion.23 All those who have received Christ’s righteousness as their own through faith will spend a wondrous eternity in God’s presence. All those who place any hope on their own works or actions ruin Christ’s perfect work for them. They will be declared imperfect and and will spend a horrible eternity in hell.24
23: Acts 1:9-11
24: John 3:16-18. Note that Jesus only takes about faith in this discussion of who is condemned and not condemned. Works are not in the picture. Matthew 25:46
We believe and the Bible teaches that one of the most important acts of love we can do is to share the wonderful news of God’s free salvation25 through faith in Jesus alone so that more will spend eternity in heaven.26 Truth in Love Ministry exists to do just that.
25: Matthew 28:19-20
26: John 3:16