What a summer!!

The past 4 months have seen unprecedented progress (and travel) in the extension program! I am excited to share some of the highlights with you.

After doing much of the preparation work at home, in April, I went back to Zambia in May to finalize all the details for the new school that will open Aug. 24 of this year. We were able to take care of legal and financial matters, as well as secure an outstanding location for the next 2 years. This facility exceeded all of our expectations! There is a lot of excitement about this new school!

Soon after returning from Zambia, I went to Katmandu, Nepal. This trip was two-fold in purpose: to check on and teach in our extension there AND to take some much-needed earthquake relief to our brethren. It was great to see Jerry and the students doing so well in the midst of a bad situation. In fact, they have all been instrumental in helping others!

Also, several of you sent money to help with relief efforts and I'm am happy to tell you that I delivered some of it in person and the rest has been sent to a church's account to be drawn on in Nepal, to avoid being red-flagged by the government and secured by the "Prime Minister's Relief Fund". This way we are confident that 100% of the funding is being used for the purpose of helping our brethren. Thank you!!

In June I was blessed with the opportunity to speak on a conference in Durban, South Africa where recent Bear Valley graduate, Joshua Ankiah is the preacher. My good friend and Bear Valley President, was also on the program and we travelled together. We dealt with “first-principles” topics in this city, which is very much a mission field.



From South Africa we made our way north to Lilongwe, Malawi, where we again had a two-fold mission: speak on another conference AND meet with leaders about the new extension that will begin in Feb., 2016 in the city of Mzuzu. The seminar was WELL attended (nearly 1,000!) and the meeting went very well. You will soon be hearing more about the Mzuzu extension.


In the coming weeks I will continue to work on possible extensions in Mexico, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. A recurrence of Ebola may postpone my travel to some of those places, but much work is needed before then anyway. In September I will be back in Fiji to put the finishing touches on the school that is set to open in Feb. 2016.

There is so much good happening and I couldn’t do it without my partners! Thank you for your continued prayers, support, and confidence. God bless.



Posted on July 29, 2015 .

First quarter, 2015

The first quarter of this year has been incredibly busy and productive! There has been less travel than normal, but far more emails, phone calls, Skype sessions, etc. as I am transitioning into being fully involved in New School Development. It is challenging to juggle several opportunities at once, but very exciting!

In Oct. ’14 you might remember I made a survey trip to Luanshya, Zambia to check the feasibility of training preachers in that part of the world. After months of continual work since, I am happy to report that we plan to start the school in Aug. ’16! This is a strategically prime location, as it will serve most of Zambia and parts of the Congo. Please pray for its success.

                  Malawi teachers

                 Malawi teachers

I have been actively working on the new school that will begin in Feb. 2016 in Mzuzu, Malawi. After doing all the due diligence and making the survey trip in Dec. ’14, I have been actively meeting with all involved parties and putting together all the needed details. This always takes longer than you think it will, but we must ensure that we begin well, not just quickly.

Another ongoing project if the new school in Fiji, that will serve the South Pacific, or “Oceania” as it is known as in that part of the world. Things are coming together nicely and the plans are to begin in Feb. ’16. Additionally, I am actively doing due diligence regarding possibilities in Columbia and Mexico.

                  Students in India

                 Students in India

This month I was blessed to be able to visit our school in Visakhapatnam, India as the Regional Director for Asia. I am happy to report that things are going very well and 13 men are set to graduate in April. These evangelistic men are going to be serving in one of the most fertile fields in the world! Pray for them.

Please pray for the continued work, my safety in travel, and for my family’s well-being while I am away. Thank you for your continued support and partnership - I literally couldn’t do it without you!

In Him,



Posted on March 27, 2015 .

Summer 2014

I hope that this report finds you doing well. We have had a great, if not busy and quick, summer and are getting back into the swing of things. I try to not travel during the summer to maximize our increasingly rare family time, but the administrative side of my job never misses a beat.

Just before summer began I had the privilege of teaching “Sermon Preparation and Delivery” to our students in Cambodia. What a great experience! The students and faculty were very complimentary and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Teaching this to the first generation of Cambodian preachers was a great joy and honor.

I was doubly blessed to be able to take our oldest son, Kyle, with me. Kyle spent his days with the children in the Hannah’s Hope children’s home. We both had an extremely productive and enjoyable time.

With summer past, my travel schedule will pick up in full force. Next week I will be at Polishing the Pulpit, speaking on the program and talking to anyone who will listen about the extension program J . From there I go directly to Denver for our annual retreat and in early October I will be making a survey trip to Zambia, as we look at starting a school in that country.

Many good things are already in the works and more good news is on the way. Thank you for your continued confidence, support, and partnership in this great work!



Posted on August 20, 2014 .

March/April '14

The time that has passed since my last report has gone by quickly, but has been so productive. I will make this report as brief as is possible. As always, most of my work is done from home, but there has definitely been some travel.

In early March I was blessed to be asked to speak on the “Recharge” program in Monterey, California. One of the topics I was asked to address was, “How to Build a Missional Family” and I was honored just by the asking. I was also able to share how we are training preachers around the world.



A few days after returning home I was off to Fiji on a survey trip for a potential new school. Rocco Pierce, former missionary to the South Pacific as well as former missionary-in-residence at Freed-Hardeman, asked us to look at the possibility of a preacher training school for that part of the world. After much due diligence and discussion, it was decided that a survey trip was in order.

It’s a long trip, but what I found was many brethren who are receptive to, and excited about, the possibility. I had the chance to meet with a group of church leaders in Suva and with many individuals as well. What came from the trip is that there is a very real need and possibility for a school to serve the South Pacific. There are still a number of details to be worked out, but it is certainly promising. Please be in prayer about it.

I have just returned from Rock Hill, SC for the annual meeting of those associated with the Kenya School of Preaching. The Charlotte Ave. congregation oversees this school and does and outstanding job! It is so beneficial for all the parties to meet like this on an annual basis.

Tomorrow (May 7th) I leave to teach in the school in Cambodia and it is exciting to be teaching “Sermon Preparation and Delivery” to some of the very first gospel preachers in this country! I appreciate your prayers and look forward to sharing more with you when I return.

Until then, take care, God bless, and thank you for your continued support

In Him,


Posted on May 6, 2014 .

An exciting start to 2014!

This year is off to an incredibly productive start! After a record year in 2013, it appears that even more opportunities will be available this year. That is certainly our prayer and I encourage you to pray for the same.

In January I traveled to the cities of Houston, Liberty, and Buna, Texas to meet with supporters of the extension in Nepal. As the new coordinator for this school, and having just been in Nepal the month before, I felt this was important and it couldn’t have been better! The brethren in east Texas are incredibly supportive of this good work and we couldn’t do it without their partnership.

Soon after returning from Texas, I headed up to the Freed-Hardeman lectureship. The FHU lectureship is a great tradition, but this year I did not make a single lecture, as I was in meetings the entire time! But these meetings were very enjoyable and exciting! Here’s a recap:

1. We finalized the major details needed to start a school in Haiti. You may remember my survey trip in June. I’m happy to announce that all the work that has gone into that is coming to fruition. One additional exciting detail about this extension is that is will be a partnership with Freed-Hardeman University - this is truly a first!

2. I also met extensively with Rocco Pierce regarding the need to train preachers in, and for, the South Pacific. We had talked prior to the lectureship, but these face-to-face meetings are invaluable. Many details are in place and in late March I will travel to Fiji with Rocco to survey the prospects and perhaps start putting some things in place. Please pray for this.

3. After that, for a day and a half we had extensive meetings in Jackson, TN with the Bear Valley extension staff. This is an annual meeting that allows us to report to each other, work through any issues we might have, and plan for the future. This year was very productive and the prospects are exciting!

Thank you so much for your continued confidence and for your partnership in training preachers around the world!

God bless,


Posted on February 28, 2014 .

January 2014

            In December it was my privileged to go to Kathmandu, Nepal to teach in the Bear Valley Extension there. Since I have recently become the coordinator for the school, I had an additional reason to go. I enjoyed teaching these 13 young men the Gospel of John and also getting to know the staff much better was well.

It is hard to believe, but the end of 2013 has come and 2014 is here. At Bear Valley, we have had an outstanding year and are even more excited about the prospects for next year and the future to come. This year has truly been wonderful in the history of the Bear Valley Extension Program and we want to share some of the excitement with you - our friends, partners, and supporters.

            There are now 17 extensions, in 13 different countries around the world, with 254 full-time, preacher training students! This year has also witnessed 122 men graduate with their degree or certificate from Bear Valley. Just think of all the potential in those men and their families in the years to come, as the vast majority of them are serving in fertile parts of the world. This is truly exciting!

            But at Bear Valley, we know that we aren’t doing this alone. We depend on partners and supporters to help us train preachers around the world. In addition to our all-important supporters, 78 different local teachers taught in Bear Valley extensions this year. In addition to those local men, another 57 men have made the journey to an extension to teach a “short course” to our students. This truly is a team effort at every level.

            In addition to teaching these men how to preach and live, we want to instill in them a passion for soul-winning. This is borne out in the many studies, campaigns, and gospel meetings that they are involved in throughout the year. As a result of these efforts, we know of at least 990 baptisms, 60 new congregations, 5 congregations restored, 292 campaigns and gospel meetings, 4 lectureships, 4 youth conferences and camps, 1068 bible studies, and the conversion of at least 8 denominational preachers. To God be the glory!

            This has truly been a remarkable year, but we are not resting on our laurels as we look to an exciting future. There are already many new students set to enter the program next year and a new extension in a country where it is needed is a very real possibility. 2014 promises to be the most exciting year yet.

            At Bear Valley, we thank all those who support us and partner with us to carry out the mandate of 2 Timothy 2:2. What you are doing is making a difference and we literally could not do it without you. Thank you for the confidence you have placed in us and we look forward to continuing to serve together as long as the Lord allows.

In Him,



Posted on January 24, 2014 .

Oct/Nov. 2013 Report

I hope this finds you and yours doing well. The time since the last report, for me, has been eventful and filled with emotion.

I was honored to have been asked to speak on the Bear Valley lectureship in late September. That is always a good time and I enjoyed being with so many brethren from many different places.

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Shortly after returning home from the lectures, I left for Siem Reap, Cambodia. I was excited to return to Cambodia, as I had not been there since I was part of the original survey trip. What I found was very encouraging. Phanat Ouch is the Director and is doing a great job and I was blessed to teach The Godhead to 10 very eager students.

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On November 2nd, I took my Dad to Tallahassee to watch his favorite team play, but as we neared the stadium, he apparently had a massive heart attack and I lost him right before my eyes. I’ve never experienced such a traumatic event nor suffered such a great loss. So many of you have been so supportive during this time of grief and words fail me to tell you how much you are appreciated.

On Sunday (Dec. 8) I leave to teach the Gospel of John at the Nepal Center for Biblical Studies. This will be my second time to visit this extension and I look forward to my time there. Please keep us in your prayers.

As we come to the close of another year, I am deeply grateful for your partnership in this outstanding ministry. Thank you for helping make it possible!

In Him,


Posted on December 6, 2013 .


What a busy and productive summer! I’m not sure that I’ve ever had one like this, but so many good things are happening in so many places. 

You may remember that I was in Haiti in June, looking at a possible Bear Valley extension there. Those plans are still a possibility, but while I was there I met Roberta Edwards who runs Sonlight Children’s Home and takes care of 19 children as her own and feeds another 150 a day. I was so impressed by what she was doing, I cashed in a bunch of Sky Miles and took my family to serve there for our vacation. We were blessed greatly!

Shortly after returning it was time to head off to Polishing the Pulpit, where I had to opportunity to talk to brethren about the work we are doing in the extension program and to make some contacts that may prove to be beneficial in the future. 

From there, I flew to Denver for our annual Bear Valley Faculty Retreat. This is always a great time, though it is much more working than retreating. J We report on our various works and have several meetings to discuss future opportunities and to discuss solutions to challenges. 

I have just returned from attending the annual Bear Valley lectureship, where I enjoyed hearing many good lessons and was honored to have been asked to speak. 

Tomorrow (9/26) I leave to teach in our school in Cambodia. I will be teaching The Godhead, which is an extremely important subject, especially in a predominantly Buddhist country. I appreciate your prayers. I will be in touch with a report when I return.

Thank you for your continued partnership in this great ministry! 

In Him,


Posted on September 25, 2013 .

June/July 2013

I hope that your summer has been as great as mine! It seems like every summer goes by faster than the one before, but it has been outstanding to this point.

Since the last report a lot of things have been happening; mostly behind the scenes. Several months ago we received a request from Larry Waymire, of Caribbean Ministries, to consider partnering with them to start a Bear Valley extension in Haiti. Larry’s work is overseen by the church in Lexington, Tenn. and he has done mission work in the Caribbean for more than 20 years. 

In the past three years, Larry has focused his efforts in the country of Haiti and in the same time period, the church has grown rapidly. It is this growth that has increased the need to train Haitians to preach to, and reach, Haitians in their own culture and language. Having done all the necessary due diligence, Bob Turner and I decided that this was an opportunity to take a closer look at.

So, in early June I went to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and met with Larry to see things firsthand and conduct a survey trip. I was very impressed by Larry and the others who have been serving in Haiti. There are some exciting possibilities there and we are hopeful that things will work out to have a school there. I will keep you posted and ask for your prayers about this opportunity.

But not everything always goes the way we want in this great work and sometimes it is challenging. During this past month, due to an unresolved issue, we severed the partnership that we had in Liberia. We are also trying to work through similar issues with another extension. We feel the responsibility to be good stewards of the resource that have been entrusted to us, and that sometimes requires difficult decisions. 

I also continue to be blessed with opportunities to preach and teach, having recently preaching gospel meetings in Highland Home, AL and Yucaipa, CA. 

Our family has had an enjoyable summer, which we believe will be highlighted next week when we all go to Haiti to work in a children’s home for a week! We are very excited about this opportunity! 

Thank you for your continued support and confidence. I could not do it without your partnership! 

In Him,


Posted on July 24, 2013 .

March/April 2013

In the time since the last report, I have been very blessed (and busy!) with a number of opportunities to preach and to share the extension work with others. In March I spoke on the Recharge program in Monterey, CA. and enjoyed being with the good brethren there. Later that week I traveled to Rock Hill, SC to meet with several of the folks directly involved with the Kenya School of Preaching. By that time, the school had been operating for 6 months and the Charlotte Avenue elders wisely called the meeting to discuss and plan. I’m happy to tell you things are going great in Kenya!

The first day of April began the annual extension staff meeting in Denver. This is an important time for those of us in the program to get together for a couple of days and discuss the work, work through some of the challenges, and plan for the future. This year’s meeting was a complete success! I am blessed to work with some outstanding people.

I also preached a gospel meeting for the Point Pleasant congregation (near Cincinnati) and was able to take our youngest son (Blake) with me and really enjoyed that. After a little time at home, I went to Visalia, CA. to speak 4 times on the West Visalia Spiritual Growth Expo. As you would imagine, I was able to share the extension work with several people while I was in these places. I am constantly encouraged by how many brethren are excited about us training preachers around the world, in the mission field.

We constantly receive partnership requests and currently I am working on a couple of those. When, and if, things materialize, I will certainly tell you more. Until then, please keep the current and future opportunities in your prayers.

Thank you for partnering with me in this great ministry. Your support, trust, and prayers are greatly appreciated! 

In Him,


Posted on May 9, 2013 .

January/February 2013

This year in the Bear Valley extension program has begun much like it ended - busy and full of excitement! 2012 saw unprecedented growth and this year, with God’s help and the partnership of so many good people, promises to be even better,.

I was privileged to be able to attend the Freed-Hardeman lectureship this year and to renew many friendships. In addition, I spent a lot of time at the Bear Valley display, talking to people who want to know more about what we’re doing. I was also able to speak at the Missions Forum one of the days. From there I traveled to Lexington, KY to meet with the good elders of the North Lexington congregation, who are one of my partners.

Two days after returning from there I went to Chandigarh, India. Every year theNorth India Preacher’s Lectureship is combined with the graduation exercises of the North India Bible College. Both events were well-attended and I was privileged to be able to speak twice on the lectureship, at the graduation, present the certificates on behalf of Bear Valley, and to preach twice on Sunday. It was an incredibly successful trip!


Much like the US, the church in India is stronger in the south and weaker in the north. This is one of the reasons we believe the North India Bible College is providing a much-needed service to the church. Additionally, it is the only preacher training school in the brotherhood (that I am aware of) that trains preachers in the Hindi language.

Even though trips like these are necessary and beneficial, the majority of my work is from this side of the pond and is administrative in nature. It isn’t near as flashy, but it helps make everything else happen. I’m blessed to be involved in such an exciting ministry and I’m thankful for supportive partners! Until next time, take care and God bless.


For Him,


Keith Kasarjian

Posted on February 28, 2013 .

December 2012

The Bear Valley Extension Program has grown at such a fast pace that it has become obvious that we needed to add the position of "Regional Coordinator" to oversee the schools in specific areas of the world. In September, Bob Turner asked me if I would take on the role of Regional Coordinator over Asia, in addition to my role as Assistant Director. I gladly accepted the job, and with that came the need to familiarize myself with these schools.



I’m happy to say that I have just returned from a very successful trip to visit both of the schools in India and the one in Nepal. (I will soon visit the school in Cambodia, but just could not possibly include it in this trip) I needed to meet the staff, faculty, and students; as well as see the facilities, and access what we can do to make things even better in each location. What I found in each school was a dedicated Director, capable teachers, and students who are serious about preparing themselves to preach the gospel.


As we enter the new year we are excited about what is happening in the extension program! Is it completely where we want it to be? No, and it probably never will be. We know that too much is at stake to ever be fully satisfied, but we are also incredibly encouraged by the success that God is granting our efforts. This has been to date, the best year ever in the Extension program. Please take a moment to read the year-end review click here. 


I continue to be thankful for all those who make it possible for these things to happen. So many pray for this work, as well as provide the necessary funding. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless you the remainder of this year and throughout 2013!

Because of Him,


Posted on December 14, 2012 .

I hope this report finds you and yours doing well and busy serving our God. Since my last report, there are many exciting things to tell you about.

Labor Day weekend is always the time for our Bear Valley staff retreat in the mountains outside of Denver. This is always enjoyable, but it is also very important as it is one of only 2 times a year that everyone gets together to discuss the work and plan for the future. Reports were shared and plans were made and I can tell you things are progressing very nicely! 

Also, (and this is BIG news!) on October 1st, the new school in Kenya began classes! As many of you know, this has been in the works for quite a while, so it’s is extremely gratifying to reach this milestone. Having put so much blood, sweat, and tears in this, I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw the pictures from the first day! This is a joint effort between Bear Valley and several outstanding partners, all for the purpose of training sound, capable preachers for all of Kenya. Please pray for these 20 men, their families, and their future. Also, there are new extensions in Liberia and Nigeria!

There is another change that has taken place that is also exciting. In addition to my role as Assistant Director of the Extension Program, I have been asked to be the Regional Coordinator for Asia. “Regional Coordinator” is a new job title that has been necessitated by the growth of the overall work. This will have me working with the extension Coordinators and Directors of the schools in Cambodia, India (2 schools), and Nepal, as well as travelling periodically to those schools.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. The total enrollment in Bear Valley extensions is now over 300 (think of all that potential!), but we could not do it without partners like you!

Take care and God bless,


Posted on October 12, 2012 .

A Super Summer!

I don’t know about you, but our summer has flown by! Time flies, especially when you enjoy what you’re doing. This summer has brought a number of opportunities to serve in the Kingdom. I addition to the work with Bear Valley (more on that in the next paragraph) I have had the opportunity to preach and teach in a number of places, as well as speak on the Cane Ridge Lectureship, sponsored by the great North Lexington (Ky) congregation. There really are, at times, more opportunities than I can meet and for that I feel very blessed.

The Bear Valley extension work has not seen a slow-down this summer. In fact, things are rolling rightalong. As you probably know, my big project has been getting things together for the beginning of the Kenya School of Preaching and I am thrilled to tell you that that is about to happen with a maxed-out class of 20!! School coordinator Mike Reese is there now and called to tell me that the orientation went great and everything is ready to begin October 1. The potential in these men and this school is beyond exciting.

In addition to Kenya, I have been working behind the scenes to put together information for each extension, which will be helpful to the teachers who travel there to teach. This has been a much bigger project than I had anticipated.

Our family has also had a super summer too. Being gone as much as I am during the year, I made sure that this summer I wouldn’t go anywhere without them. We took a short camping trip, a full vacation, and the kids went to church camp while Kim and I had a week together. It’s been nice, but this week we take Molly to Freed-Hardeman to begin her freshmen year. Prayers (and Kleenex) are appreciated. From there we will attend Polishing the Pulpit and hope to see some of you there.

Thanks for being a partner in the eternity-affecting work of training preachers! I couldn’t do it without you. 

In Him,


Posted on August 15, 2012 .

Going and growing!

I hope that this report finds you doing well and busy in the Lord’s work! Things have been very good here and the work of training preachers around the world has been going great!

In May, I made another trip to Kenya in an effort to finalize a few of the plans for the new school in that country. While there I met with a number of interested people and was joined by Dow Hix and Mark Reynolds of the Charlotte Ave. congregation in Rock Hill, SC. Together, we discussed many pertinent things and from there believe that we have a firm game plan going forward. We anticipate that this school will train many preachers for all of Kenya!

In other Bear Valley extension news, there is a strong likelihood that we will be partnering with works in the countries of Liberia and Nigeria in the very near future. We anticipate that those schools will have 20 and 25 students respectively. Just think of all the potential good from those men! I am constantly amazed at the number of folks who want to partner with us in the training of preachers around the world.

In family news, we celebrated the high school graduation of our daughter, Molly. It’s hard to comprehend where the time has gone. She is an incredible young woman who constantly makes her parents proud. The house just won’t be the same in the fall when she heads off to Freed-Hardeman University. 

As always, than you for your partnership and your prayers. I (we) literally could not do this without you.


Posted on June 14, 2012 .

The work in the extension program has been going (and growing) and keeping me very busy! There are so many opportunities to train men to preach in their own culture to reach their own people and we are trying to make the most of them. We feel very blessed.

In mid-March we had our annual extension staff meeting in Denver. This is a time where all of us come together to discuss the work that we are already doing, how to do it better, and to plan for future growth. It is always a tiring, exciting, and fulfilling time and this year was no exception. I’m fortunate to be involved in the most exciting work I know of and to work with some outstanding people!

The following week I headed to Arusha, Tanzania to teach Comprehensive Leadership in the Andrew Connally School of Preaching (students pictured above). I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve taught at ACSOP, but I always enjoy being there. This time was extra special for me as my daughter, Molly, accompanied me for her first trip out of North America. We had a very enjoyable and profitable time together!

The plans for the new school in Kenya are coming along. I will be there next month, along with an elder and preacher from the Charlotte Ave. congregation to facilitate some of the final plans for moving things forward. The current projected start date is Sept. 1, 2012.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support and for being a partner in training men to preach in their own culture to reach their own people!

Posted on April 25, 2012 .

The beginning of the year until now has brought a lot of progress and opportunities for the Bear Valley Extension program. 

The New Kenya extension

The new extension in Kenya is the project that has kept me the busiest, but all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together nicely for that school. The elders at the local congregation of Ahono will oversee the school, the good eldership of the Charlotte Ave. church in Rock Hill, SC will be the sponsoring congregation, and, as is always the case, the doctrinal and academic standards will fall under the oversight of the Bear Valley elders. Charles Ogutu will serve as the Director of the school and Mike Reese (Mannington, WV) will be its US coordinator. Brandon Kerns has been instrumental in a number of ways, including helping to raise support for the building of a dorm and school facility. Currently half the money needed has been raised. A tentative start date of September 3 has been set. 

Plenty of opportunities

Since the first of the year I have had the opportunity to talk to 5 churches, or elderships, in 4 states about the exciting things going on at Bear Valley. Next week will bring our annual extension staff meeting in Denver and on Mar. 23rd I leave to teach at the extension in Arusha, Tanzania.

Thank you for the prayers and support that make this possible!

Keith Kasarjian



Posted on March 7, 2012 .

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I hope the New Year finds you and yours doing well! Our family sends its warmest greetings to your family. It’s hard to believe that 2012 is already here, but it is, and full of opportunities. The work at Bear Valley continues to grow and become more exciting every year. Truly, only God could have seen what it would become from the beginning and where it will go from here into the future.

I am currently engaged in two big projects. First, I have been working for months on the possibility of a new extension in the country of Kenya. Several Bear Valley graduates from the school in Arusha, Tanzania have been asking for a school in western Kenya where they live and preach. A series of events, perhaps providential, have provided what appears to be an incredible opportunity to train many men to preach in a country where there are many Christians, but few preachers.

Weeks of due diligence were followed by a survey trip in November (see last month’s report) and are now being followed up by making sure everything is in place that would allow for the day-to-day operation of a school. As of now, no date has been set to start the school, but late this year seems reasonable.

The second big project that I have been working on is the development of a new course on Stewardship that will be incorporated into our curriculum. In an ongoing effort to help our graduates be self-supporting, we have seen the need to help them know the biblical principles of managing the resources they have been entrusted and to give as they should. In turn, they will know how to teach the congregations the same things, which will in turn increase the giving in congregations. We are excited about the long-term benefits of this approach!

Thank you to all who support the great work that God is doing through us - we couldn’t do it without you. Please continue to pray for us and we train men in their own culture to reach their own people. 

In him,


Posted on January 5, 2012 .

Survey trip to Kenya

            I have just returned from a survey trip to Kisumu, Kenya. A number of Bear Valley graduates from the Andrew Connally School of Preaching in Arusha, Tanzania are from this area and have returned to preach and plant churches. They requested that we look into the possibility of an extension in Kenya to train preachers for all Kenya. After doing quite a bit of due diligence, it was determined that a survey trip was in order.

            I was accompanied by Mike Reese who, in addition to having experience teaching in Bear Valley extensions, is familiar with the work in the Kisumu area. Mike and I have travelled together in the past and I knew that I would want his input. He was also extremely helpful in the planning and organizing of this trip.

            What we found was basically what we had expected: an area with many congregations, a large number of Bear Valley graduates, and a deep desire to have a preacher training school in Kenya. We were able to visit several potential sites and to visit with many potential students. We also had a meeting with 12 potential teachers, most of whom are Bear Valley graduates.

            There are still many decisions to be made, but the future looks promising in this area. Please pray for God’s will to be done in this. For more information, feel free to contact me @ 334.730.0091 or Mike Reese @ 304.986.2924.


Keith Kasarjian

Posted on November 16, 2011 .

West Coast School of Preaching - Takoradi, Ghana

Never having visited this extension before or Ghana, for that matter, I did not know what to expect. What I found was an outstanding class of men! I had 22 students who were eager to learn and who proved themselves to be very good students. I taught “Leadership” which is needed there, as it is in most places.

The studies prompted many good questions from the students and we spent a lot of time addressing some of the practical matters of leadership, especially that of church leadership. One question I will be laughing about for some time had to do with preacher support. One of the students said he had been told that in America preachers make about the same income as doctors. After I stopped rolling on the floor I clarified it for him.

More than half of these students are nearing the end of the requirements for either a degree or a certificate and a new class is being currently recruited. There are many congregations in Ghana and most of them are without a preacher. Certainly there is a great need here. Continue to pray for this school and these men and their families.

Posted on September 5, 2011 .