Both Ed and Carolyn Tutton grew up in Christian homes. Carolyn was saved at the age of eight in Ft. Worth, Texas. Ed was saved at the age of fourteen in Buffalo, New York. They met at Bob Jones University and were married soon after graduation in 1967.
They planned to go to the mission field, but God had other plans for them. Their mission board requested that they wait a year before starting their deputation. During that year, the pastor of their home church asked them to start a Christian school. This began a thirty-year adventure, working in the area of Christian education. Carolyn became a teacher, and Ed established and directed both Christian schools and Bible colleges in America.
Their calling to become missionaries was realized in 2004 when they were asked to join the China Mission Team sent from First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. Their assignment was to win souls and write the curriculum for English training schools. On their thirty-eighth wedding anniversary, they left to serve as missionaries in Jilin, China, where they saw hundreds saved and many baptized and added to house churches.
Three years later, they traveled to Kumasi, Ghana, to establish the Hyles-Anderson College of West Africa. It was in Ghana, Africa, working with Adam Ogle and his family, that they realized that the great need in world missions was to close the gap between world evangelism and global church planting by training a larger number of men in their own communities and cultures to go to the “next towns” and start mission works. From this need, Ed Tutton and Adam Ogle got a vision to produce the Teaching All Nations program which is now being used to train men around the world, using the biblical model introduced by Christ in the New Testament. This three-to-four-year program is a step-by-step Bible college curriculum, organized into 150 lessons, using the question-and-answer method to find answers in the Word of God.
Ed and Carolyn served the Lord by training nationals around the world to win souls and plant new, independent Baptist churches.
There are so many NEW places of growth in the last few months:
• Doors are opening with Bro. Grace John in India as he uses Zoom to train people with TEACHING ALL NATIONS materials who are still on lockdown.
• Bro. George Menyon in Liberia is planning his first TEACHING ALL NATIONS graduation in January 2022, as his Bible institute uses TAN for its fourth year.
• A second- generation missionary to the deaf in Peru is planning to start a Bible institute, using TEACHING ALL NATIONS, in the next few months.
• In Nigeria, students continue to use TAN and are successfully being trained for the ministry and trained for winning souls.
MOVING FORWARD WITH BRO. CHARLIE VEST
Below is an excerpt from Bro. Charlie Vest’s October 2021 newsletter. Bro. Charlie is involved with ASIAN WORLD BAPTIST MINISTRIES, which is about training, facilitating, and supporting national pastors throughout Asia. The following are his comments:
It has been exciting to see that TEAHING ALL NATIONS is expanding the vision of Dr. Ed Tutton. The leadership of TAN has arranged for me to do some online teaching through Zoom meetings. We have been able to teach both Indian and Filipino groups and are looking forward to reaching hundreds in the next few months. Please pray that God will open more doors to train Asian national pastors.
MOVING FORWARD WITH TEACHING OUR PEOPLE
TEACHING OUR PEOPLE has moved forward in the publishing of nine out of the ten doctrinal Bible-study guides that Dr. Tutton wrote. “The Doctrine of Suffering” was delivered to his house on his birthday, October 26. The last Bible-study guide, “Soul Winning,” will be published in the next few weeks. Once this tenth doctrinal Bible-study guide is published, this will complete Dr. Tutton’s burden and vision for TEACHING OUR PEOPLE. Praise the Lord!
Thank you for sharing this vision with us for training nationals for the ministry, planting churches, winning souls, and financially giving to us and praying for us. We love you all.
Preparing nationals for the work of God,
From the Desk of Mrs. Tutton and the TAN and TOP Team
Nine out of the ten “TEACHING OUR PEOPLE” lessons written by Dr. Ed Tutton–only one more to publish!