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Rev R.B."Bud" Cassidy
Founder & Past Presdent
(1935-2006)

Rev. Mary Ann Cassidy
Co-Founder & President
In 1979, Bud and I were wrapping up our third year of Bible school ministry at Maranatha Institute in Centerville, Ohio. Bud was the President and an Instructor, and served on the Pastoral Staff of First Baptist Church. I was also an Instructor, and the church organist. While attending a regional ministerial meeting in April, we were presented with an invitation to launch and establish a college-level Bible Training Institute for a group of indigineous churches in Ghana, West Africa. Accepting this invitation would require us to make a four-year residential commitment. After several weeks of careful prayer and consideration, we accepted. As a result, Leadership Training International was established in June, 1979.

The idea of foreign missions ministry was nothing new to either one of us. Throughout our 16 years in ministry as Pastors, Bible College Teachers and Administrators, we frequently

became "short-term" missionaries to Mexico, Haiti and the Caribbean Islands. By accepting the invitation to go to Ghana, we were finally able to fully answer the call to foreign missions that God placed on each of our lives in our early teenage years. We went with a new and unique philosphy of missions – train the nationals, then turn the work over to them once it is established. This was a pioneering concept that was unheard of in those days. At the end of our four-year commitment, we did just that. We turned the full-time operation of the school over to the nationals in 1983, and returned home to take the full-time Pastorate of another church. Our working relationship with the Ghanaians has continued throughout the years, and from time-to-time, we have returned to offer encouragement and guidance when needed, and to conduct Continuing Education Seminars for Pastors and Ministers. The Bible school graduates have gone on to establish their own works, and continue to raise up and teach the next generation of church leaders among their own people. Some have even gone on to do missions ministry as well.
In 1987, we resigned our Pastorate to return again to full-time missions ministry. This time, we accepted an invitation to work with a group of churches in India, who like the Ghanaians, needed a means by which to train the next generation of leaders for their churches. We first set about this task by conducting annual regional leadership conferences throughout Maharastra state. Over the years, this has evolved into a single Annual Pastors and Ministers Conference, hosted in the City of Pune, and is accessible to ministers from all over the region.

That same year, we also accepted an invitation to work with a fledgling evangelistic ministry in Jos, Nigeria, where Christianity was just
beginning to make significant inroads into the Muslim stronghold of northern Nigeria. We joined their efforts by conducting city-wide
crusades, planting churches, and reaching remote villages through medical missions. Here, too, we introduced the concept of leadership conferences to the Nigerians, conducting Annual Pastor’s and Ministers Conerences in the spring, and Women in Ministry Conferences in late summer. Over the years, we have seen a tremendous harvest of fruit for our labors. The work

continues to streghthen and grow with the 23rd Annual P&M Conference scheduled to be held in May, 2011.