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Calling Believers to Authentic Christianity

Life Action was founded over 40 years ago to spark spiritual change in families, churches, and nations. This is why we call people to authentic Christianity—so the gospel light can shine brightly out of lives transformed by the presence and power of God!

Life Action believes that revitalization in families and churches is the key to transforming our culture for Christ and completing the Great Commission. Sweeping cultural change begins in hearts and in homes; more specifically, it begins with humility.

Throughout Scripture and in church history, whenever God’s people bowed in humble honesty before Him, surrendering afresh and then rising up with renewed vision, that’s when transformation happened! Churches were revived back to health. Spiritual awakenings swept through entire communities, redeeming and restoring lives. The compassion and gospel of Jesus Christ advanced across the globe.

Our Mission: To ignite Christ-centered movements of revival among God’s people that display His glory and advance His kingdom throughout the world.

Revival Advances the Gospel

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that life is painfully broken. Everywhere we look, we see the tragic effects of sin on people and society. The big question is, “Can the mess be fixed?”

God’s big answer is that Jesus came to heal all things through His death and resurrection. Through faith in Christ, anyone can participate with God in the restoration of all things. But how?

Some say education or innovation or social justice or international cooperation will heal the world. But we believe that the root of the problem is much deeper. We believe the heart of the matter is the human heart.

Jesus said that out of the heart comes the real corruption in life (Matt. 15:18). This means that change on the outside can really only come when there is a change on the inside.

All attempts to change human behavior without changing human hearts are like treating the symptoms of a disease but never dealing with the cause. That’s why revival is so important.

Revival is a word that gets to the heart of the matter. It’s a renewed relationship with Jesus that revolutionizes relationships with others.

The great news is that anyone can experience revival. The Bible says that if we draw near to God, God will draw near to us (James 4:8). It is possible to cultivate revival by seeking God.

For most Christians, the gap between what they know about God and what they have actually experienced in their lives is much wider than they wish it were. Some have tried and failed so many times that they wonder if real change is possible for them.

Revival closes the gap between knowledge and experience, making faith in Jesus authentic and real. Incredibly, God wants us to experience revival even more than we desire it for ourselves. He has even given us a road map to follow.

This website is dedicated to helping you discover and travel the pathways that lead to God’s heart. Our hope is that you will come with us on the journey of discovering more of God and His power for living.

Along the way, God might even surprise you with His presence. That’s because another aspect of revival is that God loves to pour out His presence on individuals, communities, and nations. And when that happens, everything about life as we know it changes dramatically. In fact, in wide-scale revival, society itself is transformed.

Revival. It’s just one word, but it represents God’s purposes and best for your life. In a world broken by sin, revival is a critical part of God’s plan to heal, restore, and change everything.

Statement of Faith

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the universe, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is God’s authoritative, inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters of belief and conduct.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended to heaven, where as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission. Every believer is called to live and walk in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit so that he will bear fruit to the glory of God and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the kingdom of God, except through the new birth which takes place through repentance of sin and faith toward God. Justification is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, which is made up of all believers everywhere in the world, and that locally the church is a group of baptized believers who are organized to do God’s will. Its calling is to worship God and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and by promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and will exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

Our Leadership Team

Byron Paulus

Byron Paulus

CEO of Life Action Ministries

Upon graduating from a Christian university in 1972, with a B.S. in Business Administration, Byron pursued a business career until 1975, when God brought him to Life Action Ministries. Byron’s three decades of experience in leadership with America’s largest revival ministry, and his vision to see God send another Spiritual Awakening to our nation, have given him an opportunity to influence thousands through his various speaking, writing, and leadership endeavors. He and his wife, Sue, reside in Niles, Michigan, and have three adult children, all of whom are involved in full-time Christian ministry. Byron also serves on Life Action’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Board. Byron has committed his life to leading Life Action in its ongoing pursuit of believing God for a national revival throughout North America.
John Avant

John Avant

President of Life Action

Dr. John Avant was most recently Senior Pastor of First Baptist Concord, in Knoxville, TN. John served with First Baptist Concord since March of 2013, a mega-church with 8,000 members. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary. It was while he was earning his Ph.D. at Southwestern that he learned about spiritual awakening and revival. He has a deep love and compassion for people and believes that the only hope for our nation is to experience a mighty movement of God. John has pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisiana. He was also the Vice President of Evangelism and Spiritual Awakening at the North American Mission Board. John and his wife, Donna, fell in love on the campus of Baylor University and married in 1980. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Author & Speaker, Revive Our Hearts

Nancy Leigh DeMoss grew up in a family deeply committed to Jesus and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to full-time service. Since 1980, she has served on the staff of Life Action, sharing revival truths with women in various churches. She also served as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine for 25 years. For the last ten years, Nancy has touched millions of women’s lives through Revive Our Hearts (an outreach of Life Action Ministries) and the True Woman Movement. Nancy’s love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, permeating her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs. Nancy has authored fourteen books which have sold more than two million copies. They continue to transform women’s hearts and lives.
Steve Canfield

Steve Canfield

Speaker Team

Upon graduating from Bible college with a degree in Bible and counseling, Steve served as a youth pastor in Illinois. Since joining Life Action Ministries in 1975, he has faithfully communicated family-centered, revival-oriented truths to over a million people in churches, camps, public high schools, and civic auditoriums. As an itinerant revivalist for Life Action, Steve and his wife, Debby, have essentially raised their six children in a fifth-wheel trailer on church parking lots. Today, their children are serving the Lord in some ministry capacity, using their speaking and music abilities to further the gospel. As a couple they have committed their lives to spreading the hope of revival throughout North America.
Del Fehsenfeld

Del Fehsenfeld

Chief Pastoral Officer

Del completed a Master’s Degree in marriage and family therapy, and worked as a counselor before joining Life Action Ministries in 1996. He serves as Senior Editor and Pastoral Services Director, and is involved in a combination of writing, counseling, and speaking responsibilities. Del is the editor of Revive magazine, and directs content and communications for Life Action’s publications, media, and Internet. He also chairs the Pastoral Services Council, the team charged with the pastoral care of Life Action’s staff, and provides theological, message, and counseling oversight for the ministry. He and his wife, Debra, live in Buchanan, Michigan, and are the proud parents of four children: Shepard, Kária, Chálissa, and Sōl.
Martin Jones

Martin Jones

Executive Director, Revive Our Hearts

Martin has been involved with Revive Our Hearts since its launch in 2001 and came to the ministry full time in 2004. Prior to joining Revive Our Hearts, Martin spent 25 years with Back to the Bible producing and placing their programming, including Gateway to Joy with Elisabeth Elliot. Martin and his wife, Helen, serve in their local church—Martin as an Elder and Helen as Director of Children’s Ministry. They have been married since 1979 and have five adult children and eight grandchildren.
Aaron Paulus

Aaron Paulus

Director of Media and Communications

Aaron serves as the Director of Media and Communications for Life Action. He was previously the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio program Radical with David Platt, on Moody Radio. Aaron is passionate about engaging people with the gospel and encouraging believers to proclaim it. He also helped launch and direct the OneCry Movement, a call for prayer and spiritual awakening in the church. Aaron and his wife, Victoria, have been blessed with five children.

Board of Directors

Life Action Ministries 2018-2019 board members include Greg Belser, David Cooke, Chuck Halford, Richard Magnussen, Byron Paulus, Paul Redmon, Marv Selge, Michael Wall, and Chad Williams.