ABOUT THE DIRECTORS AND A LITTLE HISTORY
In 1983 in a little church that hosted a Christian coffeehouse on weekends, Vince Rizzo and Laura Kraniss met where she was one of the evening’s performers. When they initially met there was no attraction, no “chemistry”, and the words “like each other” never entered the picture. Up until that time life had been a blurr for both, but over the next two years God had softened their hearts and brought them both back to the same coffeehouse, where they met and fell in love. The basic commonality was that their love of God was the driving force within them which was more than enough to build a solid future.
Laboring for many years as workers in ANY type of need a church had, they were the ones that always volunteered for anything and everything. These included the normal positions within the church but also meant tarring driveways, repairing roofs, painting classrooms and also serving the homeless population for over ten years. During their public ministry, they ministered through radio and television, preaching in hundreds of churches and have now been in evangelistic and pastoral ministry for over 30 years, including teaching pastors from around the globe.
Eventually they facilitated their own homeless mission and a men’s rehab center for six years with sixty volunteers. Then after 9/11 occurred in 2001, all their funding ceased as supporters were now sending it to the victims of 9/11. One year later they closed the doors on the facilities that they had expected to operate for the rest of their lives…
Amazingly God’s plan B opened in 2003 when they founded AMES Bible College under the auspices of AMES Christian University (ACU). After the first year they had just under 2,000 students. Then in 2005 the President of ACU stepped down because of health issues and passed the baton commending Vince as President and owner of ACU.
In 2007 AMES Bible College had reached global impact so the name was changed to AMES International School of Ministry (AISOM.org). Together AMES Christian University and AMES International School of Ministry now have a combined enrollment of over 74,000 students worldwide in 183 countries.
Soon thereafter they founded Discipling Nations International as a composite site which hosts all their ministry entities. You can read read some of our adventures in faith on our blog. CLICK HERE
In 2008 they founded an internet social network as an alternative to Myspace that has Christian themes and values. To date, FaithSpace has currently grown to over 11,000+ members worldwide.
In 2009 they were gifted Ignite Christian Radio which is in the Christian Rock / Contemporary worship genre. The station has all the legal rights to air all the current famous Christian artists. They own, operate and program the station and occasionally play unknown artists with God-given abilities.
In 2011 Brother Vince received his doctorate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.
In 2013 Vince was certified as a Christian Life Coach Trainer through Life Breakthrough Academy in Cary, North Carolina and also became a certified Coach Trainer and Speaker with the John Maxwell Team, who has trained 5 million leaders worldwide and sold over 19 million books.
OUR MESSAGE: L-I-V-I-N-G BY FAITH:
If you have had a chance to read our blogs on Faith-space.com, you will know that our message from the Lord to the Body of Christ is a message of living by faith through adversity.
Pure faith in God, with a pure heart before God, will accomplish the destiny He set before us. We are commissioned to live by faith. It appears God is emphatic about our faith – indeed He even goes so far as to say that without it, it is IMPOSSIBLE to P-L-E-A-S-E Him. “For the just shall live by faith.” Habbukkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:36.
Those who call themselves Christians desperately need to grow in faith to win the daily battles that we all face and the bigger battles that are yet to come.
When the enemy attacks are we grounded in Christ and spiritually strong enough to resist temptation?
Can we learn to rejoice and experience peace while in our trials?
Can we learn to control our thoughts, words, emotions and deeds to glorify God while we are going through the tests?