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Renewing the Mind

A Discerning the Times Conference sponsored by Discernment Ministries

October 30 - 31, 2015

Michiana Christian Embassy

1922 E. Main Street

Niles, MI 49120


Conference Speakers:



Tom McMahon, Berean Call


Pastor Larry DeBruyn - author and speaker


Pastor Jeffrey Whittaker - Michiana Christian


Jeannie Georges...Education Reform Expert


Gaylene Goodroad...Eastern Mysticism Expert


Please be patient...Materials will only be available in January of 2016.

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More about our regular Speakers

Jewel Grewe Discernment Ministries was started by Jewel and her late husband Travers

van der Merwe in the late 1980s. She has continued with the publishing of the Discernment newsletter and speaking atconferences since that time.


Discernment Ministries has a research library in Niles, Michigan and together with

the Discernment Research Group endeavors to keep updated materials available through both their offices in the U.S. and South Africa. Jewel will be available for any speaking engagements when she returns from Zimbawe at the end of 2011.


Her subjects of expertise are:  


■  The Latter Rain

■  Joel's Army

■  Manifest Sons of God

■  The New Breed 


You may contact her at


   Lynn and Sarah Leslie are formerly editors of The Christian Conscience, which was a

   magazine that dealt with recognizing trends within the schools and the church. They also

   serve on the Board of of Directors of Discernment Ministries and publish the

   Herescope blog. 

   They have been doing extensive research into General Systems Theory and the Dialectic

   and how it relates to education and now to the church in the Cell Church model and the

   Purpose Driven Church. 


  Pastor Jeffrey L. Whittaker grew up in Niles, Michigan and is a 1981 graduate of Niles

  High School.  He then attended Western Michigan University and Indiana University at

  South Bend as music, theater and communications major.

  From 1983 to 1985 he traveled in music ministry with “The Spurrlows” where he ministered

  throughout the United States and appeared on Christian Television.  In 1989 he graduated

  summa cum laude from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota while working

for the Billy Graham Association.  

In 1994 he and his family returned to Niles to lead the Michiana Christian Embassy after six years of

pastoral ministry at the Assembly of God church in Luck, Wisconsin.

Pastor Whittaker’s calling has led him to several countries and placed an increased demand upon him

as a revivalist and crusade speaker. He has also been published in several domestic and overseas

magazines as well as the internet.   He served the Assemblies of God as a Michigan District Presbyter

for 5 years, provided leadership for the District’s “SHARP” pastoral fellowship, and was a member of the

state board of the “Honorbound” Men’s Ministry.

Pastor Jeff lives in Niles with his wife, best friend, and ministry partner of 25 years, Doreen.  They

have 5 children, Kate (who resides with her husband, Ritch, in Ironwood, Michigan where she continues

her work in nursing), Kyle (a teacher and graduate of Central Michigan University), Samuel

(a Sophomore Criminal Justice major), Jacob (a 16 year old High School Sophomore), and Sophia (age 8).

Their burden and passion is to see the end time church come into and remain in true “Vival” and

see the nations of the earth reached with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.



 Pastor Larry De Bruyn  A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Larry DeBruyn is a graduate

  of Taylor University (B.S., 1968) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th. M., 1974) where he

  received the Charles A. Nash Award in Church History.  He has been married to his wife

  for forty-two years. They have two grown sons.
  Pastor Larry has served in local church ministry for over forty-two years. He has also

taught on the adjunct faculties of Taylor University, Upland, Indiana (1979), Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana (1990-1999), and Word of Life Bible Institute, Tóalmás, Hungary (2006). Since 1990, he has also ministered in Eastern Europe teaching, preaching, and helping to plant churches in the nations of Lithuania and Ukraine.
In addition to internet articles published on various websites, in Christian magazines and theological

journals, he has authored three books: "Church On the Rise, Why I am not a 'Purpose Driven' Pastor,"

(2007) "Drumming Up Deception, Whether in Celebration or Contemplation-- 'Feeling' the Beat,"

(2008) and most recently, "Unshackled, Breaking Away from Seductive Spirituality," (2009).


  Dr. Martin Erdmann studied theology in Columbia, SC (Master of Divinity), Basel, Switzerland  and Aberdeen, Scotland (Master of Theology). In 1999, he was awarded a doctoral degree in modern Church History at Brunel University, Uxbridge, England. In 1996, he founded Online Communication Systems, inc. in Columbus, Ohio using it primarily for the purpose of theological distance education. As Vice-President of Mustardseed Media, San Jose, CA, he participated in a project called Biblelands, an Online-Multimedia Tour of Israel and the Near East. For four years he lectured in the NT department of the STH Basel (State-independent Theological Seminary). As a senior scientist he was involved in a research project (Clinical Nanomedicine) at the University Hospital in Basel for five years. From 2003 to 2010 he was Professor of Biblical Studies at Patrick Henry College, Virginia (distance education), and he was chairman of the NT Studies and modern Church History departments at the Academy for Reformation Theology for the past five years. In 2004 he became the founding director of the Verax Institute. Dr. Erdmann is married to Joy and has two children, Estelle Chérie and Johannes Luc.


Jeannie Georges is an expert on the "brain research” under girding all education reform. She will be discussing the growing "mental health" movement and the "process" involved in Common Core education (outcome-based) which is based on Marxist & Skinnerian psychology.



  Warren Smith has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S.W. from Tulane      University. He is a free-lance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement.  Warren has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs, and has worked as a Hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast.

Warren has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has spoken on radio, television, and at numerous seminars and conferences. His books include The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace, Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church, and A “Wonderful” Deception: The Further New Age Implications of the Emerging Purpose Driven Movement. His most recent book, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?: What New Age Leaders Really Have in Store for America, the Church and the World was released in February 2011. Warren resides in Northern California with his wife Joy.


  Gaylene Goodroad is an ex-Martial Artist who renounced black belts in both Shotokan and Aikido karate-do following her conversion to Christianity in 1992. She left the Roman Catholic Church shortly thereafter. Gaylene received a BS degree in Mass Communications from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead, and completed an internship at a major North Dakota newspaper in the mid-1980s, but chose not to pursue a career in the field in order to care for her two special-needs sons at home. She has been married to her husband Steve, a retired military officer, for 28 years. Their sons, Jimmy and Dana, are now both grown. Gaylene is the author of My Life in the Way, an online e-booklet exposing martial arts deceptions creeping into the church. She has also written articles for Herescope dealing with martial arts themes and related New Spirituality deceptions.  



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