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Mark Graeser, John Lynn, and John Schoenheit were born and raised
in relatively normal American families, graduated from normal
American colleges (Grinnell, Kenyon and UNC, respectively) and
became relatively normal American young men.
In the late
60's and early 70's they each became associated with The Way International
in New Knoxville, OH because they were impressed with the depth
of research and the quality of teaching they found there. Each
became progressively more involved, assuming a variety of teaching
and leadership positions up until 1986.
had been an integral and well-respected member of the Research
Team at The Way headquarters for several years, known particularly
for his work in the Old Testament. Little did he think that his
1986 writing of an innocent little research paper reaching an
obvious conclusion (adultery is sin) would sound the shot that
would be heard 'round The Way world and precipitate a not-so-civil
war during which many captives of tradition and tyranny were set
By the time
the dust had settled, these three amigos formed Christian Educational
Services in an attempt to continue what had been good in the teaching
and practice of The Way. Since then, CES has been occupied with
the difficult and sometimes tedious task of sorting through the
rubble, looking for life and meaning in the profound and life-changing
experience that was The Way. In the process of our seeking biblical
truth and sound Christian character, God has opened many doors
of utterance to us around the world and taken us far beyond a
ministry to ex-Way members only.
are the significant events in the growth and development of our
ministry, offered in the hope of giving you a better sense of
where we have come from and where, God willing, we might be going.
Here are the Scriptural
which Christian Educational Services
Differs with The Way International (and other groups who hold
to the same doctrine).
Way Clergy meeting that threatened dismissal for any clergy who
had read or distributed John Schoenheitís paper.
page letter sent by John & Pat Lynn, Tom Reahard, Ralph Dubofsky,
Robert Belt calling for a convention of all interested parties to
discuss ways of restoring The Way to biblical standards.
Read a 5 Page letter by
John Lynn on this subject.
|1987 April 1:
firing of John Lynn by The Way International, presumably
Chicago meeting of "American Fellowship Services," the
precursor to CES.
was printed in a national newsletter:
will have no national membership and we do not intend to interfere
with how your local fellowship operates. We want to encourage
Bible studies and fellowship, but we donít want to run your life
or living room."
Educational Services" began with the following initial members:
Robert Belt, Ralph Dubofsky, Mark Graeser, John Lynn, Sue Pierce,
Tom Reahard and John Schoenheit. The initial Board of Directors
included Robert, Ralph, John, Sue and Tom. The CES
office was in John Lynnís house.
presents Rethinking Christology to Apologetic Research
Coalition (ARC), an anti-cult group of orthodox Christians. He
is first viewed with suspicion but eventually accepted as a Christian
Chicago meeting of "American Fellowship Services"
officially incorporated in the state of Indiana. Its purpose was
to provide Bible teachings by way of books, tapes, periodic newsletters
The IRS notified
CES that our application for 501 (c)(3) status had
presented paper on "The Dead are Dead" (written by Mark
Graeser) to ARC. This marked the end of our association with ARC
because our position was not rebutted biblically.
purchased its first computer a Macintosh SE and leased a small
Belt and Sue Pierce resigned from the Board. Mark Graeser and John
Schoenheit were elected to the Board.
sending out four quarterly letters, each consisting of personal
sharings, news of activities and teaching itineraries of CES
also sent out six bi-monthly issues of DIALOGUE ,
which had a readership of 500.
fellowship was held in Chicago in November.
a 24-hour Bible study series "Introduction to Godís Heart"
taught by Mark Graeser, John Schoenheit, John Lynn and
David Anderson. This was taped May 26-June 4 and became available
to the public July 29. By the end of the year, nearly 400 sets
had been distributed.
continued on a volunteer, non-salaried basis to handle the day
by day operation of CES , advised by the Board of
Directors about every 3 weeks in a telephone conference call.
Lynn taught an 18-hour seminar, The Book of Romans .
90-minute bi-monthly teaching tape was produced, to which more
than 500 people subscribed. To be able to produce these, CES
acquired a tape deck and microphone at a cost of about $500. The
first tape was The Christian Family: A Laboratory of Love.
who has been working as contract labor, was hired February 1 as
a part-time employee, the only CES employee.
continued to send a quarterly letter, which by the end of the
year went to about 2600 addresses, or approximately 4000 people
in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as Australia,
England, France, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Ireland, Norway, Philippines,
Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and Uganda.
Fall meeting was once again in Chicago, and approximately 100
people from across the United States enjoyed the fellowship and
the Word of God that was taught.
continued to volunteer, non-salaried basis to handle the day-to-day
operation of CES
advised by the
Board about every 3 weeks in a telephone conference call.
Tom Reahard resigned from the Board.
completed her second year as the only CES employee,
list increased to 2900 addresses and about 5000 people received
the quarterly newsletter.
edition of our first book, Is There Death After Life? was
published in February.
John Schoenheit completed a 26 hour seminar entitled A Journey
Through The Old Testament .
traveled to nearly 100 cities in the USA, as well as to England,
Ireland, Scotland, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, and the Philippines
teaching and making CES materials available. John
Schoenheit was able to travel more this year doing weekend meetings
in about ten cities, and Mark Graeser also made a couple of trips.
we began sending $200 a month to Rodrigo and Judy Limpot in Cebu
our policy of giving away materials to those who really wanted
them but could not afford to buy them, in particular widows and
By the end
of the year there were 541 subscribers to the bi-monthly tapes
and 578 subscribers to DIALOGUE.
CES Fall Fellowship was held October 11-13 at the
Airport Holiday Inn in Indianapolis and about 160 folks from coast
to coast in the USA attended.
resigned from the Board.
1, John Schoenheit began work as a full-time employee of CES
with full health insurance coverage for him and his family.
In June we
produced a six-hour seminar taught by John Schoenheit, entitled
The Creation-Evolution Controversy.
In July our
second book, titled Speaking the Truth in Love, The Purposes of
Christian Educational Services, was published.
we purchased a 1992 Plymouth Mini-van for John Lynnís
travel around the USA.
CES Fall Fellowship was held in September in Indianapolis,
and about 175 people from coast to coast in the USA attended.
For the first time, we made available Childrenís Fellowship.
completed her third year as the CES secretary, continuing
to work part-time. On November 30, Elaine Leonard began working
twenty hours per week as a secretary.
We also began
making available to people books written by authors other than
John Lynn received no salary, CES again paid all
his travel expenses. Instead of paying him the current U.S. corporate
mileage rate for his business driving, as we had done in the past,
we secured a Mastercard for him to use for gasoline and for him
and John Schoenheit to use for other travel expenses, and for
the purchase of research books, etc.
an unused porch in Johnís home was renovated to expand the Home
continued to travel as extensively as he has in the past and John
Schoenheit traveled more.
began with four corporate members: John Lynn, President and Treasurer;
Mark Graeser, Vice-President and Secretary; John Schoenheit and
Tom Reahard. The first three comprised the Board of Directors.
continued on a volunteer, non-salaried basis to handle the day-to-day
operation of CES advised by Mark Graeser and John
Schoenheit by regular telephone conference calls.
and Elaine Leonard continued to share the secretarial and bookkeeping
duties, each on a part-time basis.
his ability to serve the Body of Christ, John Schoenheit began
working part-time on a Masterís of Divinity at the Reformed Theological
Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. His tuition was paid by
In May the
IRS ended our four-year probationary period and determined that
we are indeed a charitable, tax-exempt corporation, rather than
a private foundation. As they have been, all your gifts to CES
are tax deductible.
we published the First Edition of Donít Blame God!
Lynn and John Schoenheit continued to travel extensively in the
United States, as well as to Singapore, the Philippines and Australia,
teaching and making available CES materials. Mark
Graeser also made a few weekend trips as available in that he
worked full-time in a self-employed business.
We sent each
of the Board members (and Karen Anne Graeser) to the MOMENTUS
training course, which opened our eyes to the importance
of character in Chrisitian Leadership, and revealed much about
the heart of God and Christ. Our participation and enthusiastic
endorsement of Momentus continued for several years,
despite some controversy and loss of support from those who thought
Momentus was not biblically sound.
John Schoenheit and Karen Anne Graeser attended a conference at
Christian International in May, all the Board and Karen Anne attended
another one in October, and John Schoenheit and John Lynn attended
another one in New Hampshire in November. Form these conferences
we gained an appreciation of the value of "personal"
prophecy and the role of apostles and prophets in the Church.
Our association with CI also led to a relationship
with Greg & Marva Pharis of Labelle, Florida who attended
a number of our conferences as guest speakers and ministers.
our mailing list by asking those people we never hear from whether
or not they wanted to remain on our mailing list, and then deleting
those who did not respond. By the end of the year we had more
than 2,700 addresses or about 5,000 people.
In May John
Schoenheit conducted the first CES Bible Land Tour.
John Lynn attended the Promise Keeperís weekend in Indianapolis,
CES sent John Schoenheit to B.G. Leonardís two-week
class on the manifestations of holy spirit.
John Schoenheit and John Lynn attended a Christian International
seminar on Advanced Training (Part 2 of 3) in Versailles, Indiana.
This marked the end of our association with CI because
of their concern over our non-Trinitarian beliefs.
the second year we held three weekend fellowships; Denver, Colorado
in March; Indianapolis, Indiana in June and Washington, D. C. in
attended Dale Sidesí class on "Exercising Your Spiritual
Authority" and Dale was a guest minister at the Indianapolis
weekend. Though we recognized the validity of his ministry, we
ended our association with him in 1996 because of doctrinal disagreements.
e-mail capability among John, Mark and John as well as with anyone
else on the Internet. We also purchased a fax machine.
was replaced by Vancy Brown as secretary and bookkeeper at "The
Home Office." Elaine Leonard resigned.
a new book titled The Gift of Holy Spirit: Every Christianís
Divine Deposit, and continued to sell the other three
books, authored by Mark Graeser, John Lynn and John Schoenheit,
as well as a number of works by other authors, including several
historically significant 17th and 18th Century
books on the subject of Unitarianism vs. Trinitarianism.
Lynn (for the first half of the year) and John Schoenheit traveled
extensively in the USA, as well as to the Philippines, teaching
and making available CES materials.
For the third
year we held three weekend fellowships: San Francisco, California
in March; Indianapolis, Indiana in June and in Charlotte, North
Carolina in October. A total of 600 people attended these gatherings.
and ended the year with three corporate members: John Lynn, President
and Treasurer; Mark Graeser, Vice-President and Secretary, and
John Schoenheit, who also comprised the Board of Directors.
went on the CES payroll January 1, systematically
divesting himself of his window service business in Florida, and
at last moving to Indianapolis October 25.
list consisted of 2,500 addresses, or about 4,000 people.
five weekend fellowships: Millbrae, California in February; Dallas,
Texas in April; Indianapolis, Indiana in June; Morristown, New
Jersey in August and Atlanta, Georgia in October.
we did our second tour of the Bible Lands (Israel) with 19 people
accompanying John & Jenivee Schoenheit. It was very successful.
we paid $4,975 to and entered into a contract with Advocate Media
Group in Rome, Georgia to assist us in marketing our materials.
we purchased a 1996 Ford Windstar mini-van that John Lynn will
drive. The 1992 Plymouth Voyager was paid off in 1996 and was
assigned to Mark Graeser.
Mark and Karen Anne Graeser attended a convention of the Natural
Religious Broadcasters. Our books and materials were displayed
at the Advocate Media Groupís booth and Mark signed and gave away
about 150 copies of Donít Blame God.
we extended our contract with Advocate Media Group, now in Chesapeake,
VA. John Schoenheit and Mark Graeser continued to work full-time.
John Michalak replaced Vancy Brown as Office Manager at "The
Home Office." Barbara Jones began to come in three days a
week as a volunteer helper. John Lynn and John Schoenheit continued
to travel extensively in the United States, as well as to the
Philippines and Haiti teaching and making available CES materials.
four weekend fellowships: Seattle, Washington in March; Indianapolis,
Indiana in June; Morristown, New Jersey in August and Charlotte,
North Carolina in October.
we took over the responsibility for a 15-minute weekly radio broadcast
from The Living Word Fellowship, for which we paid $34.00 per
In July John
Lynn went to Buenos Aires, Argentina for 10 days, with his ticket
paid for by believers.
Eleanor Branch was hired as a secretary.
in Kenya and Tanzania contacted us. We began supporting Joseph
Koome MíMukiira. On December 29 John Lynn and Mark Graeser left
for 25 days of ministering in those two countries.
John Lynn and John Schoenheit spent a week in Haiti teaching an
interdenominational group of leaders.
to upgrade our office equipment by purchasing a new desktop computer
at a significant discount. We also had two desktop computers donated
to us equipped with several software and hardware accessories.
A new window air-conditioning unit was also purchased for the
and Eleanor Branch continued working full-time at the Home Office.
Barbara Jones was hired as a part-time employee.
consisted of 3,000 addresses, or about 5,000 people.
CES completed production of Part One of Growing Up in Christ:
The Fruit of the Spirit--Developing the Character of Christ.
also completed its tenth and final year of publishing Dialogue,
with subscriptions totaling 408.
Lynn and John Schoenheit continued to travel extensively in the
United States. Mark Graeser traveled more than he has. He and
John Lynn went to Kenya and Tanzania. He and Karen Anne went to
Argentina. John Schoenheit also went to Argentina on a separate
trip as well as to Haiti accompanied by Michael Branch.
had four weekend fellowships: Ontario, California in February;
Indianapolis, Indiana in June; Morristown, New Jersey in August
and in Charlotte, North Carolina in October. At the Indianapolis
meeting, we unveiled our new CES dove logo that we
We also held
our first annual Leadership Conference in Indianapolis in November.
Jenivee Schoenheit hosted a Singles Camp in Asheville, North Carolina
in May, and the Bible Land Tour in June/July.
Media Group, the company with whom we signed a contract in 1996
to promote our materials, went out of business, taking with it
the $4975 we paid them up front with the agreement that via the
sale of our materials AMG would reimburse at least that amount.
our newsletter was first called The Sower, and Dialogue
was changed to The Contender.
and Jenivee Schoenheit began the "Free Indeed" Video
became a full-time employee.
to published booklets with
22 Principles of Bible Interpretation or How to Eliminate Apparent
Bible Contradictions, 23 Reasons to Believe in a Tribulation or
Why Arenít We in the Tribulation Now, 24 Reasons Why Salvation
is Permanent for Christians.
One God & One Lord: Reconsidering the Cornerstone
of the Christian Faith
John Michalak resigned.
was hired as a bookkeeper/financial guru.
was hired to help with marketing and shipping and receiving.
was hired to help one day a week at the Charlotte CES Office.
traveled extensively throughout the United States.
has traveled to several different cities and taught weekend fellowships.
and Michael Branch went to Haiti, and taught from the book of
1 Corinthians to 20 leaders associated with Lesly Bertrand.
In June John
and Jenivee hosted a Bible Land Tour with 41 people, the most
In July we
held the fifth annual Singles Weekend.
began a sabbatical in July, and Mark assumed the function of the
presidency of CES.
In July we
held the first ever CES Teen Camp with 30 teens participating
who came from all over the country.
and moved into the new office at 2144 E 52nd Street
in Indianapolis, after 12 years at John Lynnís residence. But
since the new office used to be a home, we continue to call it
the "CES Home/Office."
held the first ever CES Family Camp, with over 100
published several new booklets: 34 Reasons Why the
Holy Spirit is Not a Separate "Person" from the Only
True God the Father, 46 Reasons Why Our Heavenly
Father has No Equals or "Co-equals, Defending Dispensationalism:
Standing Fast in the Liberty, Becoming a Christian: Why? What?
How?, The Death PenaltyĖGodly or Ungodly?, Sex and Scripture:
A Biblical Study of Proper Sexual Behavior .
Karen Anne attended a conference hosted by Global Harvest Ministries
and the C. Peter Wagner Leadership Institute.
the annual Leadership Conference was held in Indianapolis, and
marked a new direction for CES . Interim committees
were established to explore new ways of structuring CES
and organizing our outreach more strategically.
Mark & Anita Graeser attended an Advanced Deliverance Seminar
hosted by Global Harvest Ministries dealing with discerning of
spirits and deliverance from demonic oppression.
The CES Fall
Fellowship was held in Charlotte NC and revolved around the theme
of "The Hope: The Anchor of the Soul." The rough draft of a booklet
written by John Schoenheit was sold at the conference, and will
be published in book form.
our administrative workload, we have decided to discontinue our Timeline
at the end of 2000. We do have back issues
of our Newsletter, The Sower, posted on this site. Please feel free
to print/review the past issues to see the many exciting things that
have been going on in Christian Educational Services.
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