Our History

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1968

Andrew’s Encounter
with God

Andrew Wommack was born again at eight years old. Growing up he believed that he could develop a relationship with the Lord through his own righteousness.

Andrew Wommack

On March 23rd, 1968 everything changed. Andrew realized that he had fallen into self-righteousness, much like the Pharisees whom Jesus rebuked. Expecting to be rebuked as well, Andrew was surprised to feel God’s love flooding his heart instead. This encounter forever changed the way he saw his Heavenly Father.

Andrew in Vietnam

Shortly after this experience he was drafted into the Army and sent to Vietnam. Despite the difficult and dangerous environment, God used that time to ground Andrew in His Word. Andrew returned to America even closer with the Lord and more motivated to share God’s true nature with others.

1968

1972

Wedding

Andrew and Jamie were married and began to lead Bible studies together.  Over the next six years, they pastored three small churches.

Andrew and Jamie Wedding

1972

1976

Radio Program

Andrew broadcast his first Gospel Truth radio program in Childress, Texas.

Andrew Radio Program

1976

1978

Ministry Grows

Andrew and Jamie moved their ministry to the Colorado Springs area. Their vision became even clearer: to teach the truth of the Gospel to the body of Christ throughout the United States and the world, emphasizing God’s unconditional love and the balance between grace and faith.

Cassettes

They had begun to fulfill that vision by traveling to speaking engagements, producing radio broadcasts, and distributing audio cassette tapes, which were provided at no cost to those who could not afford them.

1978

1980

Manitou Springs

The Ministry moved to Manitou Springs, Colorado. A businessman gifted them a  3,000 square foot building. Andrew began holding meetings around the country, and the Gospel Truth radio program expanded to over 100 stations.

Andrew Wommack

1980

1992

Colorado Springs

The facility at Manitou Springs had become too small. A 13,000 square foot building was purchased on Robinson Street in Colorado Springs.

Robinson Building

Meanwhile, a man named Gilbert Jackson was radically saved. After his conversion, his only desire was that people come to know Jesus. Before he died, Gilbert envisioned a Christian education building on his 157-acre ranch, a structure with glass walls to show off the beauty of Pikes Peak for the students. At the same time, halfway around the world in England, God spoke to Andrew Wommack about starting Charis Bible College.

1992

1994

Charis Bible College

God put 2 Timothy 2:2 on Andrew’s heart regarding starting a Bible College. In this verse Paul tells Timothy to take the things he learned and commit them to faithful men and women.

Charis Class

Andrew believed that academics alone wouldn’t be effective, and he was divinely shown that practical ministry training combined with Biblical teaching would prepare his students for their individual callings. After assembling a faculty of experienced ministers and teachers, Charis Bible College opened its doors in September 1994.

1994

1998

Television

Before the turn of the century, Andrew was still teaching on radio, but God led him to launch into television, telling him, “You’re just now starting your ministry.” Andrew would come to fully understand what the Lord meant years later, as his television ministry now has a potential reach of 3.2 billion people around the world.

Broadcast Camera

1998

2000

Ministry Continues to Grow

After going on television, the ministry saw an exponential increase in response. Before long, Andrew needed a new building to accommodate a growing student body as well as an adequate call center and television studio.

Control Room

2000

2002

Don’t Limit God

The Lord spoke to Andrew through Psalm 78:41 that Andrew was limiting Him by his small thinking. Andrew repented and started enlarging his vision. In December of that same year, the ministry purchased a 110,000-square-foot facility that would support AWM and Charis for years.

2002

2003

Gospel Truth Seminar

Andrew wanted to minister the Word and healing to people more directly. He also wanted to personally thank all those who had entered into partnership with him to help fulfill this vision. In 2003, the first three-day Gospel Truth Seminar was held in Kansas City at the Marriott Hotel. That was the beginning of the Gospel Truth Seminars and Conferences that are now held in major cities across America.

2003

2009

The Sanctuary

As the ministry continued to grow, so did the need for a new home for AWM and, particularly, Charis. In 2009, God miraculously supplied a 157-acre pristine piece of property in Woodland Park, Colorado through Gilbert Jackson.

2009

Watch the story about Gilbert Jackson and the Littlestar family below.

Littlestar Story
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2014

The Barn

After purchasing the property in 2009, now called “The Sanctuary”, construction began on a facility for Charis called “The Barn.” The faculty, staff, and students moved in January 2014.

The Barn

2014

2017

AWM Headquarters

Charis shared use of The Barn with AWM for a variety of functions and events, but with the two branches of the ministry being headquartered in two different cities, there were collaborative challenges.

AWM HQ

In 2017, AWM moved to a 60,000-square-foot building on the property adjacent to The Sanctuary in Woodland Park.

2017

2018

The Auditorium

In September of 2018, during Andrew’s fiftieth year in ministry, The Auditorium—the second facility built on The Sanctuary property—opened its doors. The Auditorium houses Charis Bible College, it’s Administration, Andrew Wommack Ministries Phone Center, and hosts Conferences and Events.

The Auditorium

2018

Present Day

Fulfilling the Vision

Today it is easier than ever to engage with AWM and Charis through their websites, television networks, events, and social media platforms. The ministry is growing like never before, continuing to fulfill the vision God gave Andrew of going as far and as deep with the Gospel as possible.

Present Day

Charis Expansion Plans

Charis has experienced tremendous growth, and with that growth has come a great need for convenient and affordable housing for students. On May 11th, 2022 we had our groundbreaking ceremony for the first segment of on-campus housing!

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Adjunct Instructor

Duane Sheriff

Duane Sheriff is the senior founding pastor of Victory Life Church, a multi-campus church headquartered in Durant, Oklahoma. Pastor Duane is an author and speaker who travels around the world speaking at conferences and churches. He also serves as an instructor at Charis Bible College, teaching a personal presentation of the Gospel that resurrects hope and ignites faith.

Dean of Worship Arts and Healing School

Daniel Amstutz

Daniel and his wife, Tracy, have been married for over forty years and have two children and seven grandchildren. Daniel is an ordained minister, a published songwriter and recording artist. He holds a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Colorado and a bachelor of theology degree from Christian Life School of Theology. Daniel is the president of Daniel Amstutz Collective, Inc., a non-profit that connects generations in spirit and truth. He loves to help people become free through the Word of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Adjunct Instructor

Arthur Meintjes

Arthur Meintjes, originally from South Africa, trained at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. He and his wife Cathy now reside in Colorado and travel the world preaching the Gospel with Kingdom Life Ministries. Arthur is also an adjunct instructor at Charis Bible College where he teaches first and second year classes for both the day and night school. He teaches with integrity and openness, so that hearts and lives will be changed and people will realize their acceptance by God and value as human beings.

Director of Business School

Paul Milligan

Paul Milligan and his wife, Patsy, have been married for forty-four years and have three children and nine grandchildren. Paul has over thirty-five years of experience in the corporate world and twenty-eight years in building his own companies. Paul is currently chairman of the board of Solaris Healthcare, Inc., and has been a member of the board of directors of Andrew Wommack Ministries/Charis Bible College since 2003. He now serves as the Director of the Year 3 Business School.

Vice Presidents and Director

Mike & Carrie Pickett

Mike and Carrie Pickett were married in 2006 and have two children. They lived sixteen years in Russia as full-time missionaries. Carrie graduated from Charis Bible College in 1999 and moved to Russia to plant a Charis Campus, where Mike would get connected and eventually direct Andrew Wommack Ministries, Russia. Now they are the Vice Presidents of Charis Bible College as well as instructors, dedicated to using the Word of God to raise up leaders.

Executive Director of Communications

Elizabeth Fumero Muren

Elizabeth was born in Honduras to missionary parents. After marrying her husband, Robert, they traveled in thirteen countries with a stage musical called The Covenant, using song, music, and dance to tell the story of God’s love for His people. In October 2012, their friends in Norway introduced Robert and Elizabeth to the teachings of Andrew Wommack. Shortly thereafter, Elizabeth contacted Andrew for his feedback on their screenplay, and they were invited to perform God with Us at Charis Bible College. The Murens have been producing musicals in partnership with Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis since 2014, with the sole purpose of reaching the world with the Word of God.

Director of Practical Government School

Mark Cowart

Mark Cowart was born on April 2nd, 1958. He and Linda were married in 1985 and have three children and two grandchildren. Mark began in ministry in 1983 when he started volunteering in his local church. He and Andrew Wommack met at a meeting in 1978 and he now serves as the Director of the Year 3 Practical Government School. Mark Cowart is also the senior pastor of Church For All Nations, where he focuses on empowering people to carry out the Great Commission.

Chief Executive Officer

Billy Epperhart

Billy Epperhart began in ministry in 1978 and gained experience as a youth pastor and senior pastor. As a CEO and Founder of his own real estate company, he owned and supervised a multi-million-dollar real estate portfolio located in five different real estate markets. Billy is also a public speaker who has authored seven books. Billy is now the CEO of Andrew Wommack Ministries, Charis Bible College and Truth and Liberty. His two nonprofits; WealthBuilders and Tricord Global, help people to make sense of making money for making a difference.

Adjunct Instructor

Lawson Perdue

Lawson Perdue and his wife, Barbara, have been in full-time ministry for over thirty years and are the senior pastors of Charis Christian Center in Colorado Springs. Lawson was called to preach in 1978 through the ministry of Andrew Wommack. He challenges his students to break out of the mold, emphasizing abundant life and identity in Jesus Christ.

Executive Director of Academics

Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett was born on December 30th 1981. Daniel and Ashley Bennett were married in 2014 and have three children. After serving in the Air Force and on the mission field, he attended Charis and graduated from Year 3 Business School. He has been on staff since 2014, and now serves as the Executive Director of Academics, seeing students grow in their relationship with God and walking in victory.

Ministry Ambassador

Wendell Parr

Wendell Parr was born on March 19th, 1943. Wendell and Linda were married in 1963 and have two children, one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren. Wendell started in ministry in 1973 when he began pastoring a church. He became connected with Andrew Wommack in 1989 at the Minister’s Conference in Buena Vista. He would go on to help Andrew start Charis Bible College in 1994 as well as plant the first international Charis campus in England in 1997. Wendell continues to teach at Charis Bible College and holds the title of Ministry Ambassador; sharing the Word of God and encouraging believers to keep their eyes on Jesus.

Director of Ministry School

Greg Mohr

Greg Mohr was born on December 4th, 1951. He is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center, and has earned a master’s degree in leadership from Southwestern Christian University. Greg and Janice were married in 1971 and have four children and twelve grandchildren. He began in ministry in 1976 through street ministry, a bus ministry, as well as being a children’s pastor. Greg served as senior pastor of River of Life Church in Decatur, Texas, for twenty-four years. He heard Andrew’s teaching on a cassette tape in 1981 and from there invited him to speak at his church every year. He now serves as Executive Director of A.R.M.I. as well as teaching at Charis Bible College, helping students grow in wisdom, Christlikeness, and grace.

Senior Instructor

Barry Bennett

Barry Bennett was born on August 18th, 1952. Barry is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. He and Betty Kay were married in 1978 and have three children and eight grandchildren. Barry began in the Ministry in 1978 as a missionary in Mexico, and would go on to serve for 12 years in Chile and Guatemala. Barry was introduced to Andrew Wommack through his radio show and came to work at Andrew Wommack Ministries in 2007 and is now the Senior Instructor at Charis Bible College, Woodland Park, ministering on many topics focusing on the goodness of God and hearing His voice. 

Assistant Vice President & Director

Carrie Pickett

Carrie Pickett graduated from Charis Bible College in 1999 and moved to Russia to plant a Charis campus. While in Russia, Carrie met her husband, Mike. Together they grew the Russian ministry to reach over ten Russian-speaking nations. After sixteen years in Russia, Carrie and Mike relocated to Colorado, where Carrie now serves as the assistant vice president of Charis Bible College and International Operations of Andrew Wommack Ministries. She also serves as Director of Charis Bible College Woodland Park and the Director of the Global Training School. She has a heart to reach the world with the grace message and to see powerful ministers raised up with a Great Commission vision.

Adjunct Instructor

Rick McFarland

Rick McFarland was born on December 3rd, 1967. Rick and Joann were married in 2001. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1991. He then graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1993. He also attended and graduated from the School of the Local Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1996. Rick was a singles pastor at Grace Church for sixteen years and moved to Colorado in 2011 to attend Charis Bible College with his wife, Joann, where he would graduate from the Year 3 Ministry School. Rick is the senior pastor of River Rock Church in Colorado Springs and teaches several core classes at Charis including Principles of Grace and Faith and How to Study the Bible.

Chief of Staff

Will Royer

A 2013 graduate of Charis, Will came to the ministry with a background in public education, later completing certifications in formal process improvement and business administration. He began his journey with the ministry in the call center, and since that time, has overseen diverse departments such as Project Management, Process Improvement, Conferences and Events, Product Fulfillment, Communications, and College Operations. Having demonstrated an inspired ability to train and develop leaders, he now serves Mike & Carrie Pickett in building out Charis Bible College worldwide.

Guest Speaker

Jesse Duplantis

Jesse Duplantis has traveled throughout the world since 1978 preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesse founded Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM) with a desire to use every available voice to cover the earth with God’s love. JDM has its International Headquarters in Destrehan, Louisiana as well as additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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Guest Speaker

David Barton

David Barton is the Founder of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage. David is the author of numerous best-selling books and a sought-after speaker. David is also a frequent guest on a number of national media programs, and is a host on a daily radio show, WallBuilders Live. He serves as a consultant to state and federal legislators, has participated in several cases at the US Supreme Court  His work in media has merited several Angel Awards, Telly Awards, and the Dove Foundation Seal of Approval.

Guest Speaker

Timothy Barton

Timothy Barton is the President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our religious, moral, and constitutional heritage. Tim is an ordained minister and has worked in a variety of church staff positions, including as youth minister, worship leader, and assistant pastor. Tim has been a guest on numerous national television and radio programs including The Ben Shapiro Show, the Glenn Beck Program, Louder With Crowder, TBN, Andrew Wommack Ministries, and many others. He is also a writer for the Epoch Times. Regardless of where he is, Tim speaks into the lives of those around him, encouraging them to live passionately and to follow Christ whole-heartedly.

Guest Speaker

Bill Federer

Bill Federer is a nationally known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. Bill gained national recognition for lecturing and writing, receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from American Christian College in 2004; and an Honorary Doctorate of Global Leadership from Midwest University in 2013. In addition to serving on numerous advisory boards, Bill is an original signer of the Manhattan Declaration.

Guest Speaker

Bob McEwen

Bob McEwen is Senior Advisor with the nationally recognized law firm of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald. As such he maintains offices in Cincinnati and Washington, DC. An Ohio native, Bob McEwen represented Ohio in the United States House of Representatives for six terms. Prior to his Congressional service, he operated a successful Ohio Real Estate and Development firm as well as serving three terms in the Ohio General Assembly as the Senior Republican on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee. An outstanding communicator, Mr. McEwen is a leading advocate for pro-family interests and free-market economics. As such, he maintains an active international speaking schedule.

Guest Speaker

Creflo Dollar

Creflo Dollar is a founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International (WCCI). He’s a world-renowned Bible teacher, sought-after conference speaker, and bestselling author with hundreds of books, CDs, and DVDs in distribution worldwide. He is the author of such game-changing books as The Radical Life of Grace and Why I Hate Religion, and his award-winning Changing Your World television broadcast reaches nearly 1 billion homes. Creflo Dollar and his wife, Taffi, have five children, and they live in Atlanta.

Adjunct Instructor

Alex McFarland

Alex McFarland is a Christian apologist, author, evangelist, religion and culture analyst, and advocate for biblical truth. Alex was the third president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and College, located in Charlotte, NC, from 2001 until 2005. He has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

Executive Director of Operations

Caleb Stewart

Caleb Stewart started as a youth pastor in 2009 and continued in full-time ministry for the next five years. After hearing Andrew teach Caleb began working at Andrew Wommack Ministries in 2014, and attended school, graduating in 2018. He now serves as the Executive Director of Charis Operations with the desire to help people grow in their personal relationship with God.

Adjunct Instructor

Audrey Mack

Audrey Mack is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center and Victory World Mission Center and has been in the ministry since 1987. Audrey has been healed of bone cancer in 1999, and has a burning desire to bring the message of faith, grace and healing to this generation.  

Audrey married her husband Frederick in 1999. Frederick is a graduate of Charis Bible College but also a successful general contractor who sees his business as an avenue to serve and share his faith. Audrey’s joy is to connect people with God’s heart, teaching them to walk with the Holy Spirit so that they may become fruitful and fulfill their God given destiny.

Vice President

Mike Pickett

Mike Pickett was a missionary in Russia for eleven years before meeting his wife, Carrie, and encountering Charis Bible College for the first time. Mike became an instructor in the school and eventually the director of Andrew Wommack Ministries Russia. Together they grew the Russian ministry to reach over ten Russian-speaking nations. After sixteen years in Russia they relocated to Colorado, and Mike now serves as the vice president of Charis Bible College and International Operations of Andrew Wommack Ministries with the desire to train and disciple nations.

Living at High Altitude Tips

  1. Slowly acclimate. Try to stay below 7,000 feet the first day
  2. Give your body time to adjust. Avoid strenuous exercise the first day. 
  3. Limit alcohol intake. Alcohol binds oxygen and water and robs your body of these two important nutrients. It also slows the acclimation process.
  4. Drink more water. Keep to a minimum of 1 liter of water for every 4 hours of inactivity and 1 liter of water for every 2 hours of activity. 
  5. Always travel with a companion. If someone begins to experience severe coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest pain, get him or her to a lower altitude as quickly as possible.
  6. Check with a medical advisor. The effects of some drugs can be greatly increased at higher altitudes. Be sure to check with your doctor before exerting yourself at higher altitudes.

People will acclimatize at different rates. Make sure all members of your family are properly acclimated before going higher.

 If you have any breathing difficulties if may be best for you to live in Colorado Springs and come up to school for the 4-5 hours a day and then return to Colorado Springs

Winter Driving Tips

Check your:

  • Battery
  • Tire wear and air pressure – you’ll need good tread for winter driving
  • Antifreeze level and freeze line
  • Windshield blades – New blades to fight ice build-up
  • Gas tank- Don’t let it get below a quarter of a tank

Keep a “Winter Supply Box” in your car during the Winter:

  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack
  • Shovel Bag of salt or cat litter for better tire traction or to melt snow
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit Windshield cleaner – antifreeze type
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods
  • Bottled water
  • Winter coat
  • Blankets, mittens, socks, and hats
  • Snow Boots and extra socks

Transportation

In Colorado Springs public transportation is available with Uber, Lyft, and Mountain Metropolitan Transit www.coloradosprings.gov/mountain-metro

In Colorado Springs you may be able to bicycle to the store or walk to nearby restaurants, but in order to get to Woodland Park and once in Woodland Park, public transportation is virtually non-existent. Biking/walking is not feasible for transportation to school in most situations due to mountainous terrain and wintery weather; it can snow as early as September and as late as May. Vehicle registration and insurance is required in Colorado, as well as double license plates

Senior Vice President

Andrew Wertz

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President and Founder

Andrew Wommack

Andrew Wommack was born on April 30th, 1949. Andrew and Jamie Wommack were married in 1972 and they have two sons and one granddaughter. He founded Andrew Wommack Ministries in 1978 and Charis Bible College in 1994. Andrew teaches across the country and the world through Conferences, Charis Bible College, and his TV show: The Gospel Truth – All with the desire to reach far and deep with the Gospel focusing on God’s unconditional love and grace.