Norm and Alma Wakefield
The calling of God in Norm's life has given him a heart for men and their families. His calling as a child of God has birthed an emphasis on the gospel and relationship with Jesus Christ. It forms the basis for wisdom in all aspects of life and is the strength of Elijah Ministries. As a husband, Norm longs to see marriages that glorify God. His calling as a father of four, has given him a heart for family. When God called Norm into the pastoral ministry, God led him to disciple and encourage men. Leading people into the presence of God has come from his calling as a worship leader. The desire of his heart is to see God glorified in His people as they apply God's Word to their lives.
Elijah Ministries mission is to build the Kingdom of God and the local church by equipping men and their families to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Presently, this mission is accomplished through speaking at men's, family, and couples' retreats, church conferences, homeschool conventions, as well as audio and video resources, and printed materials.
HistoryThe ministry was begun in 1994 while Norm Wakefield was pastor of Coast Community Church in Fountain Valley, California. In 1999, Elijah Ministries was organized with its own board of directors and now functions as a distinct non-profit ministry.
Doctrinal StatementBelieving that the Bible is our rule for faith and practice, all aspects of the ministry, from its organization to the content of messages, are founded upon God's Word and consistent with the Philadelphia Confession of Faith. Having stated above, without diminishing the importance of holding to sound doctrine, it is affirmed that the basis for fellowship between believers is not doctrine, but faith and love in Jesus Christ.
Board of Directors
John became a believer in 1980 and was discipled by Norm for a year before being moved to Louisiana by the company with whom he spent his entire career. He served as an elder at both Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN and StoneBridge Church Community in Charlotte, NC. He is the founder of The Barnabas Group in Charlotte, NC and is currently serving as the National Director of The Masters Program for Churches, a strategic coaching program for kingdom leaders. He lives in Jekyll Island, GA.
Jim Grandholm, Vice President
Jim became a board member in 1999, when The Spirit of Elijah Ministries first incorporated. Formerly a basketball player in the NBA, he started his own sports agency. He is now founder and president of Green Earth Electronics Recycling and Lake Michigan Asset Solutions. Jim and Carol live in Sawyer, MI and have three married children.
Dr. Mark Berry, Treasurer
Mark has served on the board of directors since 2000. He is a doctor of ophthalmology and founder/owner of Alamo City Eye Physicians in San Antonio, TX. He and his wife, Sue, have 7 children, four of whom are in medical school or undergraduate studies.
Ashley lives in Tasmania, Australia with Yeng Wha, his wife and 6 adult children (one married), on 7 acres together with chickens, canaries, horses and night visitors like possums and wallabies. Currently, Ashley runs his own business specializing in vertical transport employing about 20 staff, 4 of whom are his children. Ashley first met Norm in 2008 at a homeschooling conference. Since then, he has been a friend and generous supporter of The Spirit of Elijah Ministries. It is an honor to have Ashley as a new board member in 2017.
Daniel de Wit
Danny de Wit is a business school and seminary trained marketplace minister, who loves Jesus, adores his wife, Garitha, treasure his twin boys (6) and feels called to use his knowledge of business and Scripture to inspire leaders to impact their world for the purposes of Christ. Danny is also the founder of Family Tree Leadership Academy in South Africa and serves as the chairperson to "The World needs a Father"and the Scholtz Group of companies (a collection of family-owned entities invested in property; stocks and hospitality related businesses. He is devoted to seeing men step up to their calling, families restored, and business utilized to advance the kingdom of God.
Woody's personal mission is to live "a real life with a real relationship with a real God." A first generation homeschool graduate, Woody is passionate about reaching the next generation of leaders. If you hang around Woody, you're sure to hear words like, "live life to the fullest," "purposeful living," or "world-changer" and he's helped young adults successfully navigate life-decisions for years. An entrepreneur and visionary, Woody has been a principle player in several start-up companies. In 2004, he co-founded Lumerit Education. Woody lives in San Antonio, TX.
Micah was the business administrator of Elijah Ministries for many years. He began serving on the board of directors in 2015. He is Director of Research and Product Development for Swan Global Investments and lives in Las Palmas, Puerto Rico with his wife, Holly, and their 3 children.