Make Sure Ministries began about 1985 in Pennsylvania with several couples, including Mike and Cheryl Ayers, Todd and Betty Ellis, Jim and Donna Lyman, Chuck and Karen MacDonald, Bill and Dawne Nock, and Tom and Marilyn Zapach. We had attended the 1983, 1984 and/or the 1985 Witnesses Now for Jesus Conventions in New Ringgold, PA, hosted by Personal Freedom Outreach under the direction of Bill and Joan Cetnar.
We came away with a profound desire to help former Jehovah’s Winesses with a support group to let them see that they are not alone, to allow them a venue to express themselves among those who understand what they have been through and to gently guide them to personal relationship with Christ, not an organization.
We incorporated in about 1986 and chose the name Make Sure Ministries because of the Watchtower Society book, Make Sure of All Things and the New World Translation scripture, “Make sure of all things, hold fast to what is fine” from I Thessalonians 5:21. We began to hold regular meetings in the Allentown, PA, area.
In 1987, the Nocks moved to Boca Raton, FL, and found themselves called to service when, through the Cetnars, they received a call from a Miami couple needing help.
Within a short time, a South Florida support group had been formed. We all met many new friends as we helped folks to make the break from the Watchtower Organization and to find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Meanwhile, in the Lancaster area of Pennsylvania, a local couple continued to reach out to the hurting as Make Sure Minstries.
Tom and Marilyn Zapach still speak occasionally and are available to those who call them for help in the Allentown, PA, area.
The Nocks left Florida in 1990 and the South Florida ministry flourished as Hope Ministries under the guidance of Carol Levak and Michelle Leeds. They expanded the support group to help people from any of the many high demand authoritarian religious groups, including the Mormons, Christian Scientists, New Age and Boston Church of Christ to name a few.
In 2008, Todd and Betty Ellis sold their business in central Florida and revived Make Sure Ministries in the New Smyrna Beach, Florida, area. They developed the ministry with more of a focus on teaching Christians to defend their faith through small studies and seminars as well as providing Bible studies by phone for those leaving the Watchtower.
In 2011, the group of people who had been so active in the late ’80s in South Florida and had continued as Hope Ministries, re-formed as a part of Make Sure Ministries with an initial focus as a support group for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
Currently, Make Sure Ministries’ lead location is New Smyrna Beach, FL, with the Ellises. They focus on teaching those leaving or who have left the Watchtower Organization and who are seeking to understand the truth of Scripture and also followers of Christ, teaching them to share effectively with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Serving Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties is a support group focused on a safe place for those leaving or who have left any of the high demand authoritarian religious groups.
Tom and Marilyn Zapach continue to be of service in the Allentown, Pennsylania, area.
If you would like to reach any of these folks, please fill in the email form in the upper right sidebar or use the contact information below. May God bless your search for Him and for His truth.
- Make Sure Ministries: 5059 China Sea Drive, Tavares, FL 32778; Todd & Betty: 352.508.6973
- South Florida Support Group, Dawne: 360.821.1759
- Email:[email protected] (or see contact form in upper portion of the right sidebar)
- Ex-Mormon Christians United for Jesus, Michael & Lynn: 239.565.3224