Pastor Randy and Maribel Landis are living proof that God can use ordinary people to shatter the racial, cultural and denominational barriers that typically divide the church.
And no one knows this any better than the church's senior pastor, Randy Landis
, and his wife, Maribel.
and Maribel seek to model the love of Christ by precept and example.
reflects that his
interracial marriage is just one of the reasons the ministry attracts the kind of people it does.
"It takes being very sensitive to the ethnic diversity and cultural differences that are among us," he
"It is a great challenge to help others move from a position of tolerance to a position of acceptance while embracing our differences and celebrating them.
knows it is a process and that people go through the journey at their own pace.
Randy Landis was born and raised in Allentown and says starting a church in his hometown was his greatest challenge.
"It had nothing to do with the racial makeup of the city nor its economic status," he
is a "no labels" ministry.
The young preacher delivering the message was Randy Landis
had made up her
mind to carry out her
plans to end her
pregnancy, Renden accepted her
"I did not grow up in a Christian home," she
Although Randy Landis graduated from Rhema Bible Training Institute in Tulsa and was employed by Kenneth Hagin Ministries for a short time, it was his travels as an itinerate minister that strengthened his teaching skills.
years of travel, he
was exposed to more than 200 churches.
has experienced firsthand the challenges of building a ministry.
And in one respect, his
success is ironic: He
recalls saying he
would never pastor a church.
But in May 1989 in Hickory, North Carolina, he
says the Lord impressed upon his
heart to start a church.
The pastor believes quality leadership is critical.
"The church today is literally crying out for authentic leadership," he
So, with or without recognition of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Randy
and Maribel Landis embrace the fundamental principles of what King stood for.
and Maribel have been married for 15 years, and they have two children, Natalie, 12; and Olivia, 10.
has two sons from a previous marriage, Randy Jr., 20; and Isaiah, 19.
Education: Randy attended Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas for one year and then transferred to Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he received a diploma and his ordination.
Church Background: Raised in a Christian home, Randy
accepted Christ at age 19 and six months later accepted the call to ministry.
After completing his seminary education, he worked briefly with Kenneth Hagin Ministries.
The experience he
gained during his
travels as an itinerant minister was needed during his
service at his
home church, Grace Fellowship, in Tulsa.
In obedience to the Lord, Landis
stopped traveling and returned home to Allentown to plant Church on the Move
About Church on the Move
: Slightly more than five years ago, Church on the Move
purchased the former United Weslyan College
for $765,000, which was valued at $2.4 million.
Located on eight acres of prime property, the church is situated in a garden-like setting.
With a huge sanctuary, education facility, an administration building and a resource building, residents see the ministry as both a church and a community center.
Pastors and Family: "As a pastor or minister, you must learn to prioritize your life," Randy Landis
"If you work in ministry, you must make sure you're doing the important things that bring you a return.
There is no return like your children."
enjoys spending time with his
family and playing basketball with his
The entire family constantly showers daughter Olivia, who has Down's syndrome, with love and attention.
has two young-adult sons from a previous marriage, with whom he
spends time and dispenses fatherly advice.
"I unwind by working out in the gym with my wife, and I enjoy playing golf," Landis
says Maribel is his
best friend and greatest support.
wife as a "very strong gracious leader," not only to the church's women's department, but to the community as well.