THE HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF I.C.R.The ministry they founded was named Institute for Christian Renewal, often called “I.C.R.” Mark Pearson was named President of the Institute and within a year went full-time. Since that time, assisted by numbers of people with teaching and ministry gifts, Mark’s ministry has gone world-wide.
In the Winter of 1980 a young clergyman named Mark Pearson called two of his colleagues with an idea. Though all three were fairly recently ordained, each had known the Lord in a personal, life changing way for many years. Each was pastoring a church that was coming spiritually alive through the various movements of renewal then fanning out across the Main Line denominations. They knew that, without proper theological underpinnings, the experiences people were having would either soon dissipate or else become imbalanced. Mark believed God was giving him a vision for an area-wide teaching ministry with several teachers.
Although he is best known by many for teaching, training and ministering in the area of Christian healing, he and the Institute for Christian Renewal have never forgotten the original vision that led to this ministry’s founding:
To teach people (particularly active lay church members) sound doctrine and principles of the Christian faith, to encourage people in their personal discipleship to Christ as Lord, and to aid them in developing their own gifts and ministries in their home churches.
Institute for Christian Renewal often ministers in conjunction with two other “sister” ministries, Trinity Church (which Canon Mark Pearson pastors) and New Creation Healing Center (led by his wife, Dr. Mary Pearson). New Creation is a whole person healing center combining medicine, Christian counseling and prayer. Institute for Christian Renewal and Trinity Church recently combined to purchase 8 acres of land on a beautiful site on Route 125, Kingston, New Hampshire. God was willing and ground was broken in the summer of 2007 for the first of what will be several ministry buildings.
MEMBERS OF THE TEAM
First, of course, there’s Canon Mark Pearson, our President. Click the section “about the Pearsons” to learn more about him and his wife. Then, there are several others who work in a whole variety of capacities to make this ministry happen.
JANE CONRADSEN. When you order something by mail or when we send you a thank you gift for a donation, it has been packed for shipping by Jane Conradsen, super volunteer and board member. Jane has been a friend of I.C.R. for nearly all of its 27 year existence. She brings her wise counsel as well as her hard work.
If you attend one of our monthly healing services you’ll usually hear Jane’s gentle singing and guitar playing in the background while people are being prayer for. God is praised and we are blessed and the anointing of the Spirit is enhanced.
Over the next several months we’ll be adding bios and photos of others.
CAN YOU HELP US?
As this ministry continues to grow there’s more that needs to be done. Live around southeastern New Hampshire/Northeastern Massachusetts? Want to help? Give us a call. We’ll put you to work. Live a distance away? Prayerfully consider moving here to join the team as retirement volunteers.