We have a solid conviction that ministry is about building people rather than building organizations or
personal kingdoms. This is part of the cohesion that binds the core values found in GTI.
The essential ingredient of the love God has for people permeates every training program and outreach.
“TRAINING FOR LIFE, TRAINING FOR MINISTRY”.
GTI exists to empower leaders by training them in doctrine that is solidly based in gospel truths combined with practical ministry experience.
In 1985 Steve and Cindy moved from Ohio to Tulsa Oklahoma to attend Rhema Bible Training Center and Victory World Missions Training Center at Victory Christian Center. Upon graduation they moved to Swaziland to bega
n there resident missionary work on the foreign field from 1988 – 2013. During this twenty-five year period, they ministered in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, Malawi, and South Africa.
Their African ministry began with Steve serving as the Dean of Swaziland Bible Training Centre and Cindy assisting in administration and teaching. For the next ten years Steve served as the Crusade Director for Evangelist Ed Elliott
and Word of Life World Outreach, while Cindy functioned as special liaison to the Elliott’s and crusade team. After the Elliott’s return to the United States, Steve continued to travel and teach as well as being a part time faculty member at Rhema Bible Training Centre (RSA) for three years while Cindy became involved with the worship team and choir at Rhema.
Steve and Cindy then and relocated to Zambia where they established Gospel Training Institute. The same week the Shoop’s opened GTI, Cindy was asked to be the Worship Director at Miracle Life Family Church. The institute operated for six years in advance of the opening of Rhema Bible Training Center Zambia in 2011. Steve and Cindy continued to serve RBTCZ as Dean of Students and Faculty with Cindy as Registrar until relocating to the United States in January of 2013.
Steve and Cindy now reside in Greenville Ohio. They have continued their passion to follow Christ through helping and lifting others. Steve has since received his Masters Degree and Cindy has rejoined the health care profession as a registered nurse. Steve is now a United States based itinerate missionary, teaching internationally in Bible Colleges around the world, as well as ministry opportunities with in the United States.
Gospel Training with Global Reach
“I have known Steve and Cindy Shoop for over 25 years. They have devoted virtually their entire adult lives to living in Africa and serving the African people. I had the great honor of working under his leadership when we served in ministry together in Africa. Through his efforts in planning, organizing and running mass evangelistic crusades in southern and Central Africa, to founding a bible school and then being the Dean of Students at Rhema, Zambia, he has continually lifted those in need of Jesus. I consider Steve a great friend and even named my son’s middle name after his. His integrity is only matched by his stability. He has worked in ministry under extremely trying situations and never wavered. I highly recommend Steve’s ministry and more importantly, I recommend him as a person.”
“We have known Steve Shoop for the past 24 years and worked closely together both in South Africa and Zambia. Steve has a proven ministry that is fueled by a sincere love for people and a desire for them to experience God’s highest and best in their life. He is a gifted minister of the Word and is very sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit and allows His gifts to help others. His integrity and character influence him to always have a heart to help in whatever ministry setting he is in. We can recommend him without hesitation. He helped build many wonderful ministries in Africa and continues to build lives around the world. He will come with a heart of love and the skills that will benefit others. You will be very blessed to be involved in his ministry.”
“I’ve known Steve and Cindy for many years. We went to the same school and have ministered with many of the same people. They have made it a huge contribution the Bible schools and pastors all over the world. They have been teachers, crusade directors, Bible School directors from the United States, throughout Africa and Asia. Steve & Cindy have a rich resources for ministry. First, I they have a great understanding of the word of God. Secondly, their ministry experience gives them a rich understanding of the application of the word in kingdom application. The Shoop’s have given their lives in service to the advancement of the kingdom, and to assist ministries all over the world. They are great friends and people of amazing integrity. I highly recommend them for ministry.
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