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.
What a marvelous two months these have been for TEACHING ALL NATIONS! The Lord has opened great and effectual doors of opportunity here in America and in the Philippines. This May-June TAN Newsletter will feature Adam Ogle, his father and mother, Greg and Robin Ogle, and their trip to the Philippines May 28 – June 11, introducing the TEACHING ALL NATIONS four-year Bible college curriculum to groups of national pastors in several conferences.
TEACHING ALL NATIONS is a step-by-step Bible college curriculum, which is teacher-directed. It uses the biblical model introduced by Christ in the New Testament Gospels. The workbooks are organized into 150 lessons, contained in 15 workbooks. TEACHING ALL NATIONS utilizes the question-and-answer method of teaching, encouraging students to find answers in the Word of God. TAN is so honored to offer this Bible college curriculum FREE to pastors and missionaries around the world.
Leaving on May 29, the Ogles took 100 complete TEACHING ALL NATIONS workbook sets to be given to national pastors and missionaries to assist them in beginning Bible colleges in their churches. Adam writes:
After traveling over 40 hours, we arrived in Manilla. The next day, we traveled to Bro. Ramil’s church for our first conference. The sessions were well attended, and a wonderful meal was provided by the church. Many pastors committed to using the TAN program. The next day, we conducted another conference with Bro. Tan (YES, that is his name!). In this second conference, many pastors also committed to using the TAN materials. Bro. Tan wants us to return and have more training and teaching sessions on a bigger platform. A big ‘THANK YOU goes to Bro. Charlie Vest, who is helping us by staying in contact with these pastors.
Thursday, we flew to Tacioban, where Bro. Layne Jones met us and then drove eight hours to Northern Samar, where he has been serving the Lord since 1985. He held a three-day conference, with a packed building each service. The services were phenomenal, and the soul-winning efforts will never be forgotten. Here at this conference, many pastors, too, committed to using TAN in their works, and Bro. Jones has already begun using the TAN program in his college. What victories we experienced!
God provided safe travels, wonderful friendships, and the honor of meeting dedicated servants of God. There is an open door, an interest, and a zeal for TEACHING ALL NATIONS in the Philippines. Thank you for the important part you do for the TAN team. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Preparing nationals for the work of God,
From the Desk of Carolyn Tutton
Three-day “Teaching All Nations” conference in Northern Samar, Philippines
“Teaching All Nations” workbooks for the national Bible colleges
Adam Ogle conducting a “Teaching All Nations” conference in the Philippines