Christian Devotions Ministries was conceived by cofounder Eddie Jones in 2004. Eddie sat under his willow tree reading his daily devotion when he felt the nudge of God on his heart. Christian Devotions domain. Since he was a web designer, Jones jotted down the name but forgot to secure the domain name. Twice more God nudged him. He went to his office, looked up the domain and found ChristianDevotions.com was taken so he registered www.christiandevotions.us.
Earlier in 2004, Jones attended the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference where he met his cofounder, Cindy Sproles. Cindy had been writing devotions for own study for several years. Eddie contacted Cindy early 2005 and asked if she’d like to add her devotions to the site. And so. . .the melding of a partnership became a reality.
The two placed personal devotions on the site periodically for a year. In 2006 Sproles pitched the idea of He Said, She Said devotions to Jones. The premise was one scripture, two perspectives – His and Hers, neither right nor wrong. But two unique ways to study God’s word. Eddie agreed and together he and Cindy began to weekly post He Said, She Said Devotions. Both Jones and Sproles had an email subscription list so they combined them and began to email the devotions. By December of 2006, the two wondered if this was a ministry or if it was something they were doing for their own glory. Jones pulled the analytics of the site and found less than one hundred people had visited the site. The two agreed to pray with their spouses for one month, meet, and decide if they felt God was calling them into ministry. In January the analytics were checked again and the visits to the site had grown from under 100 to nearly 1000.
Jones and Sproles decided this was confirmation their work was becoming a ministry. They attended the Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference in May of 2007 and met Terri Kelly, their first contributing author. Next came Pat Patterson and Emme Gammon. Writers began to contact the two and the devotional site went from posting five days a week to posting 7 days a week. On August 17, 2007, Jones and Sproles officially agreed to take the step of faith and develop Christian Devotions into a true ministry.
In 2010, Christian Devotions Ministries received their 501(c)3 non-profit status. The ministry grew by leaps and bounds. Christian Devotions SPEAK UP!, the ministry’s blog talk radio show, with Marianne Jordan as host was begun. Jordan built a solid foundation under the radio show and when its legs were strong, she passed the reins to Scott McCausey. McCausey has continued to grow the show, bringing it into syndication.
Terri Kelly was recruited as the first editor of the children’s ministry site, www.devokids.com, again building a solid foundation beneath the site and passing it on to Renee McCausey and Sandra Hart, both of whom have taken devokids.com to new heights. Cindy Scinto took on editorship of a fledgling site for teens, iBegat.com, also building it and then passing it to Cyle Young for continued growth.
Andrea Merrell, Laura Poole, and Becky Hillman have stepped into editing positions, keeping the sites in shape. Currently Martin Wiles serves as Managing Editor and Cindy Sproles remains the Executive Editor.
Christian Devotions extended its arm into publishing in 2009, by giving birth to Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This business is privately owned by Jones and his wife, but is considered a vital part of Christian Devotions’ ministry of “getting the Word out.”
Throughout the years, this ministry has seen over 75 faithful volunteers who have helped us grow the work. But the success and glory belongs solely to God. For this is HIS ministry and we are simply the tools.
We believe a devotion may be someone’s only Bible for the day, and if we can place that devotion into their hands, plant the seed. . .then God can water and cultivate His love in the heart of that person.