About

Life Action Ministries

Ministry Outreaches

Life Action, Revive Our Hearts, and OneCry are divisions of Life Action Ministries. Life Action Ministries was founded in 1971 to spark spiritual change in families, churches, and nations. This is why we call people to authentic Christianity—so the gospel light can shine brightly out of lives transformed by the presence and power of God.

Leadership

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

President | Revive Our Hearts

Nancy Leigh DeMoss grew up in a family deeply committed to Jesus and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to full-time service…

Since 1980, she has served on the staff of Life Action, sharing revival truths with women in various churches. She also served as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine for 25 years. For the last ten years, Nancy has touched millions of women’s lives through Revive Our Hearts (an outreach of Life Action Ministries) and the True Woman Movement. Nancy’s love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, permeating her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs. Nancy has authored fourteen books which have sold more than two million copies. They continue to transform women’s hearts and lives.

Byron Paulus

CEO/President

Life Action Ministries

Upon graduating from a Christian university in 1972, with a B.S. in Business Administration, Byron pursued a business career until 1975, when God brought him to Life Action Ministries…

Byron’s three decades of experience in leadership with America’s largest revival ministry, and his vision to see God send another Spiritual Awakening to our nation, have given him an opportunity to influence thousands through his various speaking, writing, and leadership endeavors. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Niles, Michigan, and have three adult children, all of whom are involved in full-time Christian ministry. Byron also serves on Life Action’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board. Byron has committed his life to leading Life Action in its ongoing pursuit of believing God for a national revival throughout North America.

John Avant

President | Life Action

Dr. John Avant was most recently Senior Pastor of First Baptist Concord, in Knoxville, TN since March of 2013, a mega-church with 8,000 members. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary…

It was while he was earning his Ph.D. at Southwestern that he learned about spiritual awakening and revival. He has a deep love and compassion for people and believes that the only hope for our nation is to experience a mighty movement of God. John has pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana. He was also the Vice President of Evangelism and Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board. John and his wife, Donna, fell in love on the campus of Baylor University and married in 1980. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Byron Paulus

CEO/Executive Director

Life Action Ministries

Upon graduating from a Christian university in 1972, with a B.S. in Business Administration, Byron pursued a business career until 1975, when God brought him to Life Action Ministries…

Byron’s three decades of experience in leadership with America’s largest revival ministry, and his vision to see God send another Spiritual Awakening to our nation, have given him an opportunity to influence thousands through his various speaking, writing, and leadership endeavors. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Niles, Michigan, and have three adult children, all of whom are involved in full-time Christian ministry. Byron also serves on Life Action’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board. Byron has committed his life to leading Life Action in its ongoing pursuit of believing God for a national revival throughout North America.

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

President | Revive Our Hearts

Nancy Leigh DeMoss grew up in a family deeply committed to Jesus and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to full-time service…

Since 1980, she has served on the staff of Life Action, sharing revival truths with women in various churches. She also served as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine for 25 years. For the last ten years, Nancy has touched millions of women’s lives through Revive Our Hearts (an outreach of Life Action Ministries) and the True Woman Movement. Nancy’s love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, permeating her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs. Nancy has authored fourteen books which have sold more than two million copies. They continue to transform women’s hearts and lives.

John Avant

President | Life Action

Dr. John Avant was most recently Senior Pastor of First Baptist Concord, in Knoxville, TN since March of 2013, a mega-church with 8,000 members. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary…

It was while he was earning his Ph.D. at Southwestern that he learned about spiritual awakening and revival. He has a deep love and compassion for people and believes that the only hope for our nation is to experience a mighty movement of God. John has pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana. He was also the Vice President of Evangelism and Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board. John and his wife, Donna, fell in love on the campus of Baylor University and married in 1980. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Senior Leadership Team

Byron Paulus

Byron Paulus

CEO/President

John Avant

John Avant

President

Life Action

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

President

Revive Our Hearts

Steve Canfield

Steve Canfield

Revivalist

Life Action

Del Fehsenfeld

Del Fehsenfeld

Chief Pastoral Officer

Chuck Hoge

Chuck Hoge

Chief Financial Officer

Martin Jones

Martin Jones

Executive Director

Revive Our Hearts

Rich Lee

Rich Lee

Executive Administrator

Aaron Paulus

Aaron Paulus

Communications and Media Director

Life Action

Ben Slenk

Ben Slenk

Vice President

Life Action

Phillip Wilson

Phillip Wilson

operations Manager

OneCry

Board of Directors

Byron Paulus

CEO/President

Life Action Ministries

Greg Belser

Senior Pastor

Morrison Heights Baptist

David Cooke

Ophthalmologist/President

Great Lakes Eye Care

Chuck Halford

Veterinarian/Owner

Walnut Grove Animal Clinic

Richard Magnussen

Former Owner

Magnussen Home Furnishings

Paul Redmon

Co-Founder

Mustang Engineering

Marv Selge

President

Selge Construction Co., Inc.

Michael Wall

CEO

Wall Private Wealth & U.S. Private Wealth

Chad Williams

CEO

Five Q Innovations, Inc.

Core Beliefs

Statement of Faith

 

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s authoritative, inspired Word…

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 It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is made up of all believers everywhere in the world, and that locally the church is a group of baptized believers who are organized to do God’s will. Its calling is to worship God and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and by promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and will exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

12 Cutting-Edge Commitments

 

  1. The Lordship of Christ and the Authority of Scripture – Col. 1:18; Psalm 119:128

Our lives and ministry must be built on a non-negotiable, lifetime commitment to the Lordship of Christ and the authority of Scripture. His Word must determine our philosophy, direct our decision-making, and reign supreme over every area of our lives.

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    • The Ministry of the Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Dependence upon human intellect and understanding, or our natural gifts and abilities, will produce natural, explainable results. Only as we are dependent upon and directed and energized by the Holy Spirit, will the supernatural power of God be manifested.

 

    • Life Message – 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2:10

Someone has said, “A message prepared in a mind reaches minds; a message prepared in a heart reaches hearts; but a message prepared in a life reaches and changes lives.” The power of God to change lives is released through the truth of God’s Word illustrated in lives. Therefore, our lives must be living demonstrations of the reality and the truths of His Word.

 

    • Faithfulness – 1 Corinthians 3:12-14; 4:1-2

God has not called us to be “successful,” as the world measures success, but to be faithful. It is not our responsibility to promote ourselves or the outward, visible growth of our ministry. If we take care of the “depth” of our lives, God will take care of the “breadth” of our ministry.

 

    • Priorities – 1 Timothy 3:2-7

As servants of Christ, we must adopt, safeguard, and demonstrate biblical priorities in our personal lives. Our highest priorities include being the right person (our walk with God), the right partner (our marriage relationship), and the right parent. Effective, fruitful ministry flows out of a life built on scriptural priorities.

 

    • The Message of the Cross – 1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24

The teaching of the cross is central to the ministry of revival, for death brings life! Through Christ’s death on the cross, we received eternal life. Through our death with Him, we enter into His abundant life. The cross is painful, for it strips us of self-sufficiency and pride, and puts to death all our fleshly desires, drives, and appetites. But as we go through the cross, the Resurrection Life of Jesus is released in us, and we become wellsprings of life to others.

 

    • Walking by Faith – Luke 1:45; Romans 4:20-21; Hebrews 11:6

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Faith in the person and power of God, and faith that acts on the principles of His Word, will move us into the realm of the supernatural.

 

    • Servant’s Heart – Matthew 20:27-28; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Philippians 2:5-8

We have been called to be the servants of Christ and of His people. To have a servant’s heart means to esteem all others as better than ourselves, to maintain a learner’s heart and a teachable spirit, and to seek to make everyone around us a success.

 

    • “Living/Giving” – Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

God blesses us materially, not so that we can accumulate or hoard, but so that we can be channels of His blessing to others. Both our personal lives and our ministry ought to be characterized by a lifestyle of sacrificial giving to meet the needs of others and to further the Kingdom of Christ.

 

    • Spirit of Excellence – Psalm 8:9; Colossians 3:23-24

As children of God, our lives and service ought to reflect the excellence of His name and works. He is worthy of the very best we can offer Him. If something is worth doing, we ought to do it with all our heart, as unto the Lord.

 

    • Vision for Revival – Psalm 85:6; Isaiah 64; 2 Chronicles 7:14

The purpose for which God raised up this ministry is to glorify Him by giving birth to and/or nurturing a revival among God’s people in North America, that will result in a spiritual awakening among the lost.

 

    • Prayer – Jeremiah 29:12-14; Ephesians 6:18

Nothing of eternal value will be accomplished apart from prayer. There have been many revivals without great preaching, impressive programs, or extensive promotion. But there has never been a revival that was not birthed, cradled, and nurtured in fervent, soul-travailing prayer. Genuine revival cannot be worked up; it must be prayed down. We must never get too busy to give ourselves to the ministry of prayer.

01. Our Mission

Ignite Christ-centered movements of revival among God’s people that display His glory and advance His kingdom.

02. Our Vision

To become the “go to” place for revival- related resources worldwide.

03. Our Values

We lead believers through a practical, biblical process of revitalizing their relationship with God and reconciling their relationships with each other, helping them to become agents of transformation in their communities while uniting to seek God for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

History

Life Action Ministries (LAM) was founded in 1971 to spark spiritual change in people’s vertical relationship with God, leading to horizontal transformation in families, churches, communities, and entire nations. Birthed by a youth pastor burdened by the spiritual hypocrisy of church-going parents, the ministry was founded on the core belief that deep spiritual renewal in families and churches, beginning in individual lives, is key to transforming our culture for Christ and completing the Great Commission.