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.
How the Lord has used TAN to challenge nationals and has helped those nationals to GO CHANGE THE WORLD! Quoting Pastor Tanbeki A. Shuai-Bu from the Cheio Bible Institute in Kowyarda Nasarawa State of Africa, who says, “I improved in my soul winning through the TAN workbook on Page 13, where Jesus compelled us to be soul winning, bringing the unsaved to be saved.” Bro. Bob Bowen gave a challenge when he said, “On January 16, 2021, one of the greatest disciples of men I have ever known, Dr. Ed Tutton, went home to Heaven. He was truly the man behind the TEACHING ALL NATIONS materials. Many national pastors are indebted to Dr. Tutton and his love for teaching the next generation of believers the true doctrines of the Bible.” Bro. Charlie Vest recently said, “From the day I heard of Dr. Tutton’s death, I have made a commitment to get the TAN materials into the hands of as many missionaries and national pastors in Asia as possible. I have even made myself available to hold ZOOM calls to teach college students, especially during the pandemic. We are thrilled to see the first group of men from a Remote Access Nation (RAN) graduate from Bible college using the TAN curriculum.” TAN continues to surge and multiply in countries throughout the world in Africa, Laos, the Philippines, China, Thailand, India, South America, and Israel. Churches have been planted in all parts of the world, and soul winning continues. Praise the Lord that Teaching All Nations has taken the challenge to GO CHANGE THE WORLD!
GO CHANGE THE WORLD: TEACHING ALL NATIONS AT FORT WORTH, TEXAS, MAY 17-21
What a spectacular Missions Conference, combined with the FIRST ANNUAL NATIONAL FUNDAMENTAL CHRISTIAN BROADCAST CONVENTION, was held at Triumph Baptist Church (Fort Worth, Texas) with Pastor Bruce Engelman! Besides many guest preachers, Dr. Eddie Wilson, president of Christian Media International, Atlanta, Georgia; Bro. Martin Gibbs, Radio Tech Expert, Pasco, Washington; and Pastor Scott Dean, director of one of the nation’s largest Christian radio ministries were all there. These men wanted to show pastors and missionaries HOW to the spread the Gospel around their cities and around the world with radio programs, radio towers, computers, YouTube, and Facebook. These modern means can reach more people through the local church than ever before. The pastors spoke and cried, as did the radio and computer preachers, and the special-music families cried as they sang—we in the audience cried too. The Holy Spirit moved in for five days and spoke to all of our hearts. We all left with a challenge in our hearts and a commitment to the Lord to GREATLY expand our horizons for the Lord and get the Gospel out in new ways! The two theme songs of the conference were “Turn Your Radio On” and “God’s Royal Telephone.” Because of this Missions Conference, everyone left committed to GO CHANGE THE WORLD!
GO CHANGE THE WORLD: THROUGH DAY-BY-DAY WITNESSING
Because of flying to the conference in Fort Worth, the Lord enabled Carolyn to win the hotel cleaning woman to the Lord, a paramedic who sat beside her on the return plane flight home, and a black man who held the door for her as she exited a place of business. A “scam-likely” call even came on her phone, and she answered with a greeting of “Jesus saves,” and then began to witness. Can you believe that person hung up?! What a switch—but the Gospel was spread. May we awaken to God’s divine appointments that He plans for us every day. Another soul-winning total is the total in “ED’S STEAD,” which now is up to 147 souls who have received Christ. PRAISE THE LORD!
Thank you to all of you pastors and friends who have given and prayed for TAN, so that nationals could be trained in Bible institutes to win people to the Lord around the world. Churches have been started by Bible institute graduates, churches have been planted, and people are being saved. TAN has mushroomed because of God’s hand on it. Thank you for praying for these new national pastors who have been trained and who are in training at the present. We need to continue to GO CHANGE THE WORLD . . . AND WE CAN WITH TAN!
For Teaching All Nations till He comes,
The TEACHING ALL NATIONS and TEACHING OUR PEOPLE Team
Bro. Adam Ogle, Pastor Greg Ogle, Bro. Mark Bosje, Bro. Bob Bowen, Pastor Andy Schmidt, and Mrs. Carolyn Tutton