We're very excited to launch an addition to The Fiery Sword Global Ministries: our own publishing label!
TFSP is an offshoot of The Fiery Sword Global Ministries. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. TFSGM has been serving around the world since 2007. TFSP is an extension of serving others.
TFSP is small, yes, but unique. Alexys is a published author in her own right, so she knows a thing or two about publishing. Alexys published with four outside publishing labels, which brought new insight. She spent thousands of dollars in the effort to publish that which God directed. Unfortunately, most Christian or non-Christian companies do not have the author's best interest at heart. Making money is their primary goal. The author does the lion's share of the work with semi-self publishing [you pay to publish your work], the author does the lion's share of the work. The publisher charges astronomical publishing fees, the author's copies are overpriced, the author has little to no say in the cover or interior layout design, and the publisher retains the bulk of royalties. With so many publishing outlets at our fingertips, no one should have to go through this. TFSP purposes to shield new authors from such expenses and poor quality products.
We are a Christian ministry, so we only accept morally sound manuscripts, fiction or non-fiction. Since we're new, we are very limited on how many authors with whom we can work.
It was time for me to be challenged, and I didn’t know how to begin. I had served as a missionary in communist, atheistic, and mafia countries, and there was much good material to put into a book setting. However, I had never published before, except for writing my dissertation for my doctoral degree under the capable guidance of my dissertation committee. What would I do? How would I go about this? Who would help me? I prayed earnestly God would provide an editor/publisher of His choice to guide me through this endeavor. He definitely answered my prayers above all I could ask or think. Yes, I can truthfully say that Alexys V. Wolf of The Fiery Sword Publications was the perfect person for my situation. She guided me through the process step by step. I could always reach out to her when I had questions, and she graciously and patiently answered with good advice. Her ability to produce one book in such a short time and then the second book in a shorter time frame was phenomenal. She encouraged me to keep writing, and we plan to do so. I heartily endorse this efficient, practical, energetic, and excellent editor/publisher to anyone seeking a competent guide. ~ Dr. Loreen Ittermann
Ever dream of writing a book but don't know what to do or how to begin? That's how I felt before I was referred to Alexys V. Wolf of The Fiery Sword Publications. From the first time I heard her voice, I knew she was perfect for me! I love her contagious high-energy enthusiasm! She made the writing of my first book so easy and fun! She is extremely professional and educated me through the process. Alexys was always there for me whenever I needed her; she even lent me her personal computer to type the book. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Alexys and plan on writing many more books with her!
Alexys knows better than anyone the joy of hearing your words read or seeing them in print. I am writing to thank Mrs. Wolf for making the beauty of that joy become a reality in my life. I’ve only met her once and have known her for less than a year. Even in that short time, I’ve come to respect and admire her expertise and skill as an editor and publisher. “The Weapons Formed Against Me” is a book of short stories I wrote to speak on life’s challenges. Author Wolf handled my manuscript with care and printed my words in a way that blessed and honored me. I am eternally grateful. Alexys walked me through technical issues I had no knowledge of, and I came out feeling like a champ. I still have a lot of stories in me, and I will definitely turn to Alexys V. Wolf of The Fiery Sword Publications for help getting those words out there to the world. Thank you, Alexys!
It is difficult to write anything about Alexys that hasn’t already been written and said. She is an amazing woman in every possible way. She has made it her mission to help first-time authors get their work published at an affordable cost and has helped them through the many roadblocks we hit in the writing and publishing world. All authors know many publishing obstacles, such as discouragement, procrastination, what others think of your book, the cost of publishing, etc. They can keep you from finishing a book and getting it out there. In these areas, Alexys helps you see the possibilities and completion of your work. She encourages and has answers to every difficulty you face. She is honest about your work and makes helpful suggestions that can improve it. She makes herself available at every turn and keeps you moving forward, especially when you want to quit. Having written and published over thirty books of her own, you get the experience and knowledge she has learned in her journey through the world of writing and publishing. The bottom line is if you have a work you want to publish, and you want to work with someone who can make it happen, then Alexys is the one you need to enlist. She is a friend, confidant, savvy businesswoman, a woman of faith and godly principles, and an all-around wonderful person. Alexys will work diligently to help you be successful is who you will get. She published my book, and trust me, she can do yours.
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with TFSP. From start to finish, Alexys has guided me every step of the way. It has been my pleasure, and I highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a publisher. Thanks again, Alexys, for all you do. God bless!
As a new author, I had so many questions and concerns. I went to Alexys for advice, but she gave me so much more. Not only was she willing to answer my endless barrage of questions, but she also took the time to hear my heart. Women like Alexys are a rare commodity today. She offered her time, expertise, and knowledge, but she also met me just where I was in my new journey. I do highly recommend Alexys V. Wolf and the Fiery Sword Publications to anyone looking for an editor. She not only gives you her time but herself. ~ Author and Minister Connie L. Storey
"I was referred by a friend and fellow author to The Fiery Sword Publications for my first writing project. Subsequently, I met with Alexys to discuss my project and future plans. I must say that I have been very pleased with her encouragement and professional approach to my needs for publication. As we progressed through my first project, she and her team returned edits and changes very quickly and my manuscript was ready for publication much sooner than I had expected. I sincerely appreciate her attention to detail and helping me keep the project going. Thank you, Alexys!"
“In 2018, the Holy Spirit led me to start writing, "My Wonderful Supernatural Adventures with the Holy Spirit." Upon the completion in 2021, my sister in Christ recommended Alexys V. Wolf of The Fiery Sword Publications. I was nervous and had no clue what to do next. The Holy Spirit clearly said she was the one! Alexys and her team were as angels sent from God and took me by my hand leading me through the process. She read my book and said, "Valisa, I want to help you manifest your Holy Spirit-inspired assignment. Your book should be called Summin’ Tol’ Me!" And that is what it is! She began teaching me about editing—things I never knew. She taught me the process’s ins and outs. She asked me what I saw as my cover, I cast the vision, and she and her team went to work. One of the most powerful parts about this was that her cover designer was located in Ukraine and she was not sure when or if she could do my cover due to the country’s heart-wrenching situation. It was less than forty-eight hours and boom, the cover was beautifully completed! Everything the Holy Spirit gave me came to life! When I tell you God gave me the best, I am exaggerating! If you are looking for a true Christian-based publishing company, I highly recommend and endorse The Fiery Sword Publications.” ~Author Valisa Cooper Smith
“This is my first attempt writing a book, so I researched several publishers. I chose The Fiery Sword Publications of Lexington, South Carolina because of the personal approach they took helping me. In particular, Alexys V. Wolf was exceptional in managing the editing and publishing. She exhibited the patience and professionalism in structuring the book, keeping me focused, and directing the final publication. I am so happy that Alexys was there to assist with Life Your Life Fearlessly. I was totally out of my league, and she made me feel at ease. She was outstanding in completing the book and getting it published within two months. Thank you, Alexys!” ~Author Sam Shepherd
In 2018, something jolted me into thinking that I should write a book about my time as a soldier in the US Army. Not a book about what I accomplished or failed to accomplish. No, the prompting was to write a book that reflects on the impact of God in what we may think was solely our doing. Having no experience of what goes into writing a book, and even more, what it takes to publish a book correctly, I went to the internet and was overwhelmed with what I saw and read concerning publishing a book. My lovely wife then recommended I talk to her best friend, an author of numerous books and an expert at book publication. That was Alexys Wolf with the Fiery Sword Publications. After a brief discussion with Alexys, I knew that she was my rescuer. She took me through editing, naming, cover design, and publication of what developed as my book, “God’s Invisible Hand upon an Unlikely Soldier.” If I ever decided to write another book, Alexys Wolf would always be my choice as editor and publisher. ~ Author Ret. MG Richard Scholtes
“When I came to Alexys in 2019, my manuscript wasn’t even a manuscript—it was more of a lot of words scattered on paper! Alexys generously turned those messy pages into a well-designed manuscript. From the manuscript, she and The Fiery Sword Publications team turned it into a published book called Confessions of an X-Codependent, and I could not be more pleased! Alexys V. Wolf took my project step-by-step and did not waste time. She is a diligent worker who is in love with Jesus and makes a point to assist other budding authors to see their dream come to fruition. I would not go to anyone else in the publishing industry because Alexys gives personal attention to details and the client. ~Author Jami Salters
Full disclosure, since Alexys V. Wolf is my ministry partner, I am biased. Regardless, Alexys and The Fiery Sword Publications beautifully helped me publish my third book, Stories: A Woman’s Journey of Becoming Imperfectly Perfect, in 2019. As I am preparing to complete my fourth book, One Law, I could not be happier with how Alexys and her staff transition an idea into a beautifully bound book. Everything Alexys does is Christ-centered and Holy Spirit guided. I would not go to any other publishing label. I have gone through others, and they charged far higher prices, both for the work and author’s copies, and they did only a fraction of what The Fiery Sword Publications offer. You won’t go wrong choosing her team! ~Author Sandy Renner
During a time of Covid shut down, separation, and loneliness, God arranged a coincidental crossing of my path with Alexys Wolf. During that brief encounter, she mentioned owning her own publishing label. Right away, a spark was lit inside me. So many of us would-be authors only need someone who knows the process and can encourage, guide and show us the way. Over the past year, Alexys Wolf has done just that for me. It was a lengthy and, at times, painful process, but being under her attentive and watchful eye every step of the way has made my book a reality. Alexys always answered my emails or phone calls immediately—even while she was pretty sick with Covid. Our working relationship involved some trying and painful learning opportunities for me. Still, she refused to express any frustration or negative vibes toward me and my slow learning of the ropes involved in writing and publishing a book correctly. If you are a frustrated or secret author at heart, I hope you will consider contacting Alexys Wolf and her team of experts at The Fiery Sword Publications. They made it happen for me by leading, coaching, encouraging, and correcting me all along the way, and as a bonus, we have become good friends. ~Author Kelly Hunsucker
At fifteen, young, dedicated Christ-follower Loreen Ittermann prayed, “God, please don’t give me a boring life!” As one follows Loreen’s life story and reads her personal missionary accounts, this yielded life to God has been anything but boring. God took a quiet, shy girl and created a keen intellect and strong faith within her to become a professor, dean, and missionary. Through these varied roles, her bold witness for Christ is evident. Dr. Ittermann’s contributions to the early phases of the growing Christian school movement paved the way for teaching, training, and disciplining a myriad of believers who, in turn, have taken the Gospel to unreached regions of the world.
Loreen was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 2, 1936, as the firstborn of three daughters to godly parents Dr. Arthur and Lilah Fleck Ittermann. Loreen and her two sisters, Jocelyn and Gwendolyn, have joined Christian work. Her father pastored churches in the Dakotas and Iowa, always leading his congregations toward missions. Loreen’s mother was her father’s faithful companion for seventy-three years. Her father served on the board of Titus International and actively supported Loreen’s ministry. He lived to be one hundred-six years, faithfully serving the Lord until the end. Loreen accepted Christ as her Savior at seven, and her parents and Sunday school teacher became her role models. At nine, she was challenged to read ten verses daily in the Bible and recalls only missing one night. This hunger and thirst for the Word of God became foundational in her life and ministry.
Loreen will tell you she always wanted to be a missionary in Africa. Jokingly, she states, “God sent me to the cold countries of Ukraine and Moldova instead.” Looking back, she knows her upbringing in cold environments prepared her for future missionary endeavors in Ukraine and Moldova. She states, “Even the foliage in Moldova and Ukraine reminded me of my childhood.”
After graduating from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, in 1957, Loreen completed her master’s degree in administration at the University of Tennessee of Chattanooga. During this time, she taught in an elementary school and held Bible clubs on Saturdays. While working on her doctorate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and supervising student teachers, her dissertation became the impetus for future speaking and workshops. She not only presented and defended the topic of “Jesus as a Master Teacher” in a secular university but found fulfillment in boldly presenting the truth to her dissertation committee, other professors, and graduate students.
Following her doctoral degree, Dr. Loreen Ittermann moved to Miami, Florida, to teach and become the first principal of Mueller Christian Academy, a school started by Dr. Charles Stanley. This endeavor lasted eight years. Reliance on God and His faithfulness dominated life at this Christian school. It was here she learned valuable lessons regarding living by faith in God to provide for all provisions as a preparation for future mission work.
From 1975 to 1993, Dr. Loreen served as the Dean of Education at Tennessee Temple University, the Dean of Elementary/Early Childhood at Liberty University, and the Associate Dean of Education at Columbia Bible College, now known as Columbia International University. Dr. Ittermann’s research topics and international speaking helped stem some of the tide of the New Age Movement in public school curricula and the opposition to homeschooling.
Loreen took her sabbatical from the university for one year to teach children and youth affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster brought into Odessa, Ukraine. With two graduate students, the following year was spent in ministry, creatively sharing the Gospel with four thousand children and youth, ages nine to seventeen. They distributed Bibles, tracts, and Gospel bracelets to help them begin their spiritual journey and to share the Gospel with their friends when they returned home.
After the year was up and the government had run out of money to bring these children to Odessa from all over Ukraine, Loreen felt God was leading her to remain in this part of the world. She went to the eastern part of Moldova [Transnistria] for a year. There, she taught Bible in a communist university and government public schools and trained Sunday school teachers since, under Communism, no one under nineteen was allowed to attend church.
Near the end of that year, the KGB conjectured Loreen was an American spy planning to take over the land! She was interrogated and ordered to leave. God had everything planned. A Bible college had just been established in the western part of Moldova. It was not as rigid as Transnistria, and the administration needed someone as qualified as Loreen to teach some classes. Since none of the churches in that area had any curriculum for teaching Sunday school, Loreen and her student assistants wrote fifty Bible lessons and provided all the materials needed. She also started a Teacher Training Institute for prospective Sunday school teachers.
Observing that after graduation from the Bible College, the young men who felt called to begin churches had no support and would need to work full-time to take care of personal needs, Loreen returned to America and challenged the churches to help support these young men so they could plant churches and concentrate on their ministry rather than work a secular job. The Americans were generous and willing to help. To this day, everyone is still praising God.
Now, at eighty-seven years old, Dr. Ittermann serves as the Director of National Leaders in Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Arctic Circle, and closed countries as the national team of pastors, missionaries, and other full-time workers reach Jews, Muslims, Russian Orthodox, atheists, taxi drivers, orphans, prisoners, widows, and disabled. All are very grateful for the generosity of donors who spread the Gospel from as far north as the Arctic Circle, as far east as Siberia, as far west as Western countries, and as far south as Africa. May God be glorified forever more! It’s all because of Him.
As a child, I could not comprehend anything I read. In elementary and middle school, if the teacher asked me to read aloud, I could read it but had no idea what I had just recited. I struggled greatly and was eventually placed in special education classes. Needless to say, I hated reading due to a lack of concentration and attention. Nothing held my attention. It wasn’t until I divorced at thirty-six that I began an interest in reading, and ravenously. Now, here I am, publishing my autobiography, the first of many books!
I wrote The Voice of Choice to share my life experiences and stories as examples of not following my intuition and standing up for myself. Being manipulated and led by others down roads is not best suited for me. I could have chosen to take a stand for myself and take a different direction by discovering and practicing how to choose what’s best for my well-being and choosing to love myself. God and spirit reside within all of us, not outside of us somewhere. You have every power that God has within your own being right now. Decide what you want to do with yourself and how you want to live. You can choose what could be a disaster for yourself or what you know to be best for your life. Your true self gives life to everyone and everything.
I want to come to the end of my life before I come to the end of my life, to overcome emotions, thoughts, and the material world just as God instructed us to do. Stay in alignment with your true self. Living more through the spirit-man instead of the human-man. We have that power within us. I hope each reader will find encouragement to overcome and persevere through any circumstance they find themselves in. Creating heaven in the “king dome” [our human minds]. Our mind will create a life experience to match anything you allow.
Trudie Nash is a retired educator who is also a freelance writer and a published author. She has had her work shared in the Mother’s Day edition of “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” and she’s published a book of poems titled “Lord, Sometimes You Love Me Like a Man Who’s Done Me Wrong.” She is the wife of one husband, the mother of one daughter, and the grandmother to three wonderful grandchildren. She is a believer who wants the world to see Jesus Christ in her and through the stories that He has placed in her heart.
Bennett Joseph Schiller is a retired state Senior Technology Manager and pastor. He received his B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and his A.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia International University. He is a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoys reading and writing and spending time with family and friends. He has written a book about the beach and loves going there.
Jacqueline Collington is a native Of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and a graduate of Hendersonville High School. She is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to a very special little girl. In the era that Jacqueline grew up, she was often told to “be quiet.” While she was quiet on the outside, inside, there was an explosion of words flooding her mind. From this, she learned to use pen and paper as a safe place to express her emotions, personal experiences, and the experiences and mistreatment of others. She also discovered that God had given her the pen of a ready writer (Psalm 45:1) and the anointing to inspire.
Connie Storey is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. After serving God faithfully for many years, she walked away from God due to a tragedy. Ironically, after twenty years, another tragedy brought her back to God. She is a co-host of the “Battle Ready” radio show and host of “Proverbs 31 Woman,” broadcast on WUCC 99.9FM, Aiken, South Carolina. She is a member of University Parkway Church in Aiken, South Carolina. Connie is also a deliverance minister for Spiritual Freedom Network.
I spent the first twenty years of my life in my hometown of Newberry, South Carolina. However, like many thousands of young men in their late teens and early twenties, I can honestly say the most influential aspect of growing up took place in the faraway jungles of Vietnam. I was based at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, when I returned from overseas with the 82nd Airborne. With the GI Bill's help, I could continue my training as a pilot. I became a certified flight instructor. My credentials included single and multi-engine airplanes and helicopters, and an instrument instructor. Although the airlines’ deregulation caused havoc throughout much of my career, it is likely the only reason I was able to get a commercial airline job. I did not have the credentials airlines required to be considered. I completed my formal aviation career with the Federal Aviation Administration. This experience also had its ups and downs, but it is an experience I am blessed to have had. I completed a bachelor's degree in political science. In later years, I continued to study business and accounting and achieved the coveted legal status as a certified public accountant in Florida. Throughout my life, I had many different jobs as I struggled from one segment of my life's journey to the next. It was not always easy. I was often down, but I always got up again. The greatest blessings I have had from this amazing journey are the experiences in other cultures and especially the many friends I made along the way throughout the world.
Minister Valisa Cooper Smith is originally from Riviera Beach, Florida, and currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband of thirty-one years, Darren H. Smith, and her two sons, Ashton and Darren 2nd. She attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Greenville Technical College, emphasizing music education, human services, and alcohol & drug abuse. Valisa is also an actress and singer appearing on TBN Oahu, Hawaii, WGGS Channel 16 Dove Broadcasting, “Carolina Now” on CW40, “Your Carolina” on WSPA CBS Network, and Fox 21 in Greenville, SC. Her musical studies garnered awards and vocal opportunities throughout her career, including 2017 Best Singer in the State, 2013 1st Place Award for the Best Gospel Adult Vocalist Talent Competition hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones from BET, six-season veteran singing the National Anthem for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL, Great American Gospel Fest Overall Winner, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and performance for the NAACP Banquet where Keynote Speaker, President Barak Obama, introduced her solo. For her acting career, she appeared in several productions, including “Amnesia Remembers” with special guest Vivica Fox, “Young Negress Stepping Out into the River of Dawn,” “Hairspray,” “Suessical the Musical,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Ain’t Misbehavin,’” “Porgy and Bess,” “The Wiz,” “Dream Girls,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” “Purlie,” “Amazing Grace,” and most recently, the production “Bailout,” where Bern Nadette Stanis [b.k.a. Thelma from Good Times] played her sister. She received the Best Actress in a Musical Award for “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Dream Girls.” Her life’s motto is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
During a time of Covid shut down, separation, and loneliness, God arranged a coincidental crossing of my path with Alexys Wolf. During that brief encounter, she mentioned owning her own publishing label. Right away, a spark was lit inside me. So many of us would-be authors only need someone who knows the process and can encourage, guide and show us the way. Over the past year, Alexys Wolf has done just that for me. It was a lengthy and, at times, painful process, but being under her attentive and watchful eye every step of the way has made my book a reality. Alexys always answered my emails or phone calls immediately—even while she was pretty sick with Covid. Our working relationship involved some trying and painful learning opportunities for me. Still, she refused to express any frustration or negative vibes toward me and my slow learning of the ropes involved in writing and publishing a book correctly. If you are a frustrated or secret author at heart, I hope you will consider contacting Alexys Wolf and her team of experts at The Fiery Sword Publications. They made it happen for me by leading, coaching, encouraging, and correcting me all along the way, and as a bonus, we have become good friends.
Mr. Shepherd is an internationally recognized polymath, excelling in several fields in science, technology, Bio-Chemical/Medical engineering, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. He is accomplished as an inventor, businessman, forensic investigator, cosmologist, speaker, painter, Dinosaur Hunter, and entrepreneur. He is currently the Inflammatory Disease Research Foundation president, consults for several environment and research organizations and companies throughout the world. He specializes in the development of biochemical and biomedical products, develops impact studies, and develops and commercializes leading edge technologies in the Environmental Fields of Wastewater, Water, Alternative Energy, Carbon Capture Systems, Petro/Chemical, Polymer and Bio-Chemical/Bio-Mechanical Industries. Mr. Shepherd holds degrees in Chemistry/Physics, B.S. Chemical Engineering, M.S. Environmental Bio-Chemical Engineering Technology, and a Lifetime Fellow Status at the American College of Forensic Examiners, with a Class III Certification in Homeland Security, with specialties in WMD and COBRA (Chemical Ordinance, Biological and Radiologic Armaments) and holds the title of Lifetime Diplomat of American Forensic Examiners in Technology. Mr. Shepherd has over thirty-seven years experience in the Wastewater, Water, Polymer, Petro Chemical, Alternative Energy, Military non-lethal Weaponry and Ballistic Capture, Bio-Chemical and Wastewater Remediation industries. www.missinglinktechnology.net. He assisted in the development of wastewater remediation systems for the Peoples Republic of China for the 2008 Olympics and is currently advising several international energy companies in futuristic technology development, Bio-Chemical Research, environmental compliance, artificial intelligence, and corporate strategic planning. He has worked as a consultant to (2) Department of Defense DARPA teams for the development and commercialization of Biofuels and Alternative Energy Systems for the military and civilian application in the “algae to oil” DARPA program. He has assisted in developing Non-Lethal Electromagnetic/Acoustical Weaponry and developed risk models to prevent and mitigate Terroristic Threats. He assisted in the development of technology for the Lunar Outpost Commission [Project “Artemis”] for the Moon/Mars Mission in 1991, developed ballistic absorbing media for military purposes, and developed technology utilizing “artificial blood.” Sam has authored papers in Bio-Medical research, forensics, cosmology, and astrophysics, authored 16 US patents, 25 International patents and is currently involved in the development of 4 patents pending. He has developed High Temperature High Pressure drilling motors, methane hydrate recovery technology, wastewater biosolids sterilization technology, Heavy Metal FGD Remediation, microalgae growth technology, algae to biocrude and chemical extraction technology that is currently being employed globally, thermo-electric generators and Controlled Directional Detonation technology for Lunar outpost. He is actively involved in the commercialization of the “CO2 to algae to Nutraceutical” projects for several Domestic and International companies. He has written several papers and videos on the “Causes of and Reversal of Inflammatory Diseases”, including but not limited to, cancer, Diabetes II, arthritis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, developed the patented product #11,065,269 ValAsta, a product preventing and inhibiting PD-L1 expressed cancer cell growth and formation www.valasta.net and Electromagnetic Emission Devices (VLED—Patent #10,364,426) for the prevention and elimination of Beta Amyloid Protein, the contributor to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and MS diseases in support of MIT and the Picower Institute. www.vledusa.com
Sandy is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother., ordained minister, author, and so much more. She's been in ministry over forty years and has traveled the world. She grew up very poor with little to no hope of a future, but the Lord had great plans for her!
Richard Adrian 'Dick' Scholtes was born March 18, 1934, in Joliet, Illinois. In 1950, he enlisted in the Illinois National Guard which was subsequently activated for deployment to the Korean Conflict. While training at Camp Cooke, California in preparation for movement to Korea, he was selected to attend the West Point Preparatory School and entered the academy on July 7, 1953. He was commissioned in 1957 as a second lieutenant. His first duty station was with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He then deployed to the Panama CZ where he served as a staff officer and company commander. In 1963, Dick was selected to attend the Special Forces Officer Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Course at Quantico, Virginia. While in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965, he was the senior advisor for a Vietnamese airborne battalion and was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star w/V. Dick. He then attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and from there he was assigned to the Infantry Branch at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. He returned to Vietnam to serve with the 1st Brigade, 5th Mechanized Division as the commander of the 1st Battalion 61st Infantry. Throughout the years, Dick was assigned to the Pentagon, 4th Mechanized Division, Brigade '76, West Point as the Brigade Tactical Officer, promoted to Brigadier General, and reassigned to the Pentagon serving the National Military Command Center. Dick was then assigned as the Assistant Division Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. In 1980, he was selected to establish and command a completely new organization designated as the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He commanded this highly specialized unit four years. In 1984, Dick became the CG of the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Hood. Later, he elected to resign from the service to go before the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) without his General Officer Uniform. In August 1986, he went before the SASC. His presentation before the senators convinced them to direct the establishment of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill AFB in Florida. After retirement, Dick took employment with Analytic Services, Inc. as the Vice President for Special Operations and was responsible for Mission Analysis for the newly established four-star USSOCOM. Dick retired in 2001. JoAnn died from the effects of Alzheimer's in early 2013. Dick went on to court and marry Mary Pamela Rogers and retired in South Carolina.
Jami is a wife, mother, grandmother, and minister of our Lord Jesus. Jami's journey to authorship was not easy. Not knowing how to type, she texted and dictated her entire book to her cell phone. This impossible journey became completely attainable once she relied on Holy Spirit to lead her! Check out her amazing autobiography in her book "Confessions of an X-Codependent!"
Jami and her husband, Sinclair, currently live in and are natives of Columbia, South Carolina. They are the founders of a 501c3 nonprofit outreach ministry called 4Runners4Christ. It is a discipleship ministry that helps people pursue the person and priorities of Jesus Christ. Their ministry is focused on reaching the inner cities of their hometown and beyond with hopes of bridging the gap between the two worlds of the church and the streets. Jami and Sinclair go where most are unwilling to go and do what most are unwilling to do.