As we planted our 1st church, my husband Russelliah and I mixed cement, poured the foundation and cooked for workers. It was just two of us as we heard God’s call to preach Christ to those with no Christian witness.
Like the Israelites leaving Egypt, GGM’s 40 year passage had struggles in every direction. But God provided daily manna until this day as He expands the ministry in every direction though we have no resources for one month ahead. It is completely a faith walk trusting God for every provision. My husband passed into glory in 2009; now I and my children follow the vision.
GGM started with nothing but God multiplied the ministry to 28 buildings totaling 40,000 sq. ft. on 8 acres of land, 40 staff, graduating 250 seminary students and 200 primary school children, and 63 children have called GGM home. With each need, God called someone to buy land, construct buildings, teach students and raise children. We wait upon the Lord and the calling of partners to expand God's kingdom in India. K. Christobel Russelliah
Linda graduated from Michigan State University, worked in managing institutional kitchens, and earned her Registered Dietetic license and Masters in Public Health. She spent time in East African feeding camps during the 80's under African Inland Mission and received an Interdisciplinary MA from Wheaton Grad School. Linda is currently married, residing in Wheaton Il where she volunteers with settling refugee families. She has recently retired from working as a Certified Diabetes Educator and business owner.
Board of Directors - U.S.
Rev. Dwight Gunn, President Elder Dwight Gunn is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He was appointed Deacon in 1989 and the Lord called him into preaching ministry in October of 1990. Elder Gunn was licensed by the late Rev. Milton R. Brunson on March 15, 1991 and ordained as a Preacher of the Gospel on July 31, 1992. In January of 1997, Elder Gunn was appointed Assistant Pastor of Christ Tabernacle M.B. Church of Austin. Upon the passing of Rev. Milton Brunson, Elder Gunn served as the Interim Pastor. He served as Senior Pastor of Christ Tabernacle M.B. Church of Austin from February 1, 1999 to January 5, 2003. On January 12, 2003, Elder Gunn lead the Inaugural Worship Service of Heritage International Christian Church (H.I.C.C). He is also the founder of the Edifying the Saints Ministries, an outreach ministry designed to mature the body of Christ through encouragement and development, while promoting a Christ-like style in both word and deed. Elder Gunn is married to Min. Monique Gunn and has 2 children, Majesty Christina and Grace Dominique.
Statement of Faith
We believe in...
the Holy Bible, which is fully and uniquely the inspired Word of God, the only infallible, sufficient & authoritative rule of faith & practice.
one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth; His sinless life; His vicarious death and atonement through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection; His ascension; His mediatorial intercession; and His personal return in power and glory. He is the only savior of mankind.
salvation by grace through faith of sinful humans through regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
indwelling of the Holy Spirit, enabling the Christian to live a Godly life.
resurrection of the saved unto resurrection of life and the lost unto resurrection of damnation.
spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, who are the Church, the Body of Christ.
Together we preach Christ in India and testify to future generations of what God has done. Stand with us as a partner and uphold us in prayer.
Leslie has a BA in Education and a MEd in Counseling. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the SaddleBrooke Pet Rescue Network. During her career, she worked at TIAA/CREF in New York City, the retirement system for state universities, Commerce Bank of Kansas City, Trust Department and most recently as Sr. Exec. VP at First Commonwealth Trust Company, Indiana, PA specializing in estate planning and client management. Leslie and her husband, Brig. General Domenic Rocco, live in Indiana PA and Tucson AZ.
A Project of Faith & Learning International
209 E. Liberty, Wheaton IL 60187, 630-221-0648
Gilgal Gospel Mission is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.
Tax ID # 20-0743864
Gilgal Gospel Mission (GGM) is an evangelical mission organization dedicated to Preaching Christ and Planting Churches. Our mission to reach India's rural villages where the gospel of Jesus Christ has never before been heard in accordance with Romans 15:20-21a:
And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, but as it is written: "To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand."
Gilgal Gospel Mission's goal is to plant churches using native Indians, to minister to the spiritual and earthly needs of the people we serve.
Thephil has a BS in Biology and an MBA in Leadership and Change Management from DePaul University. She is the eldest daughter of the founders of Gilgal Gospel Mission and has been involved in the ministry since birth. Thephil was born in India but came to the US when she was five years old. She grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago for her undergraduate degree. She is currently a Director of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance working at a large financial institution. Thephil, her husband Christopher, and their children Ava and Isaac, live in Downers Grove, IL.
Gilgal Gospel Mission is governed by two independent Board of Directors. GGM, India ensures the ministry remains true to its founding vision of Preaching Christ & Planting Churches. GGM, America is a registered 501(c)(3) organization responsible for communication, fundraising, and financial oversight of donor gifts. GGMA is a project of Faith & Learning International.
Gilgal Gospel Mission holds financial integrity, accountability and transparency in the highest regard, recognizing that every donation you give is entrusted to us, and we honor that trust with fiduciary responsibility. Contact us for questions regarding your donation.
Gilgal Gospel Mission of America is a project of Faith and Learning International and a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Donations are deductible as permitted by law. Tax ID 20-0743864
In India, GGM is authorized by the Government of India to receive foreign income under the Foreign Contribution Act. Please click here for more information on our FCRA audited statement of accounts.
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