Empowering and equipping churches and leaders to create lasting and transformational health.

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Preparing for Amazement Ministries was started in 2009 by Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson as an informal way to support churches and faith-based organizations and their leaders. In 2019, the organization formally organized and transitioned its focus, re-launching as a non-profit ministry to build and revitalize the global church.

Our Name

Core Values

  • Building the Global Christian Church
  • Revitalizing Local Churches
  • Equipping Pastors and Leaders
  • Creating lasting and transformational health
Our Core Values

Mission Statement

The mission of Preparing for Amazement Ministries is to revitalize and build the global church.

Our Mission


the whole gospel for the whole world

Our vision is to be the impetus in the revitalization and rebirth of the global church through training, resourcing and intentional learning experiences for Christians, empowering them to serve their communities around the world. We will empower and equip churches and leaders to create lasting and transformational health. Our ministry includes three primary elements:

  • Church & Leader Health: To provide support, education and resources for pastors and ministry leaders to experience transformative health for maximum Kingdom impact. We also help churches experience greater organizational health through education, training, consulting and other support.
  • Church Revitalization: To provide networks, resources and training to assist churches and their leaders in revitalization. We also connect churches and ministry leaders to one another, helping churches find health, hope and life in order to experience revitalization.
  • International Ministry: To provide training for churches, pastors and leaders in areas around the world where poverty prevents them from receiving quality training. We also seek to create international internships, missions and learning experiences for churches and their leaders to learn from others around the globe.
Our Vision


Empowering and equipping churches and leaders to create lasting and transformational health.

Our Emphasis


the whole gospel for the whole world.

Our Tagline

Theme Verse

“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.”

Habakkuk 1:5

Our Theme Verse



Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson-Executive Director, Midwest Ministry Lead


Professional Page

Jen Binford
Jen Binford-Coach, Mountain West Ministry Lead
Boise, ID
Rev. Nathan Whittaker
Rev. Nathan Whittaker-Coach, West Coast Ministry Lead
Seattle, WA

Erick Liona-Coach, Africa Ministry Lead
Nairobi, Kenya

Rachel Haseley-Communications Coordinator
Elma, NY

Peter Belschwinder-Coach, East Coast Ministry Lead
Albany, NY

Jessica Carlson

Jessica Carlson-Content Editor
Garrett, IN


Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson – Chair
Executive Director, Preparing for Amazement Ministries, Ordained Pastor, LCMC
Garrett, IN

Chris Kirschman III – Vice-Chair
Director of Family Ministries, Mountain View Presbyterian Church
Las Vegas, NV

Jessica M. Carlson – Secretary (non-voting)
Carreer Coach, Indiana Tech
Adjunct Professor, Purdue University (Fort Wayne)
Garrett, IN

Dr. Christian Nichles – Treasurer
Pastor, Founder of 1Gen Solutions
Leo, IN

Rev. Mario Alejandre – Board Member
Director of Intercultural Center, Creighton University
Omaha, NE

Rev. Dr. Ebassa Berhanu – Board Member
Lead Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Torrance, CA

Bonnie Laabs – Board Member
St. Paul, MN

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