TFI HISTORY


“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea”
(Habakkuk 2:14)

The history of The Fellowship International (TFI) is one founded upon and built through one man: Jesus Christ. Pastor Don Leavell, our founder and Senior Pastor of Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship, was given a calling from the Lord to bring clarity and simplicity of the Gospel to His people, and the Lord has put that call also to work on the international level through the creation of The Fellowship International, known as TFI. For years, Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship has been working in the Philippines and other nations through Pastor Don. In 2012, Pastor Don began to personally pastor, mentor, and father, three young Filipino pastors he had been supporting through Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship. This was a shift in the way he had been doing ministry internationally.

Those pastors were the beginning of this international family network of churches and ministries, known as The Fellowship International. The Fellowship International Board knew there had to be a solidifying of commitment to the relationships we had. This ministry expanded as more doors were opened in nations including the Philippines and Ghana. Pastors were laying hold of the Christ-centered messages Pastor Don preached and wrote in his books, and they were introducing TFI to pastors and leaders all around them. We officially launched TFI-Philippines in October 2014, and soon thereafter TFI-Ghana was launched in March 2015. The Lord opened wide the door and brought many pastors and leaders to the family of TFI during those launches. As more nations showed interest in joining the TFI family by embracing this Christ-centered message, we began to show pastors from these nations more about preaching and teaching a Christ-centered message and the necessity of living an uncompromising Christ-centered lifestyle. Pastors committed to preaching a Christ-centered message and began sharing with other pastors about the work of TFI. By the end of 2015 The Fellowship International had partners in Austria, Benin, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan, Switzerland, The Philippines, Togo, and Zimbabwe, with invitations to at least fifteen more nations.

The Lord goes before us, and we pursue all He has said. We look forward to the life-giving work the Lord is doing. This is a work that is both effective and influential in reaching the lost, in teaching a Christ-centered message that brings change to its hearers, and in building of unity within the Church in the cities and nations in which we travel.

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The Fellowship International (TFI) is a family/network of related churches and ministries connected by a shared vision through partnerships. Although we believe every local church should be self-governed and self-sustaining, healthy churches seek to be connected with other churches that share a common vision. Click the Join button to find out more about TFI.