About

Our History

Impact Ministries started as an outreach effort in 2001 from the home of Dr. and Mrs. Tootle. What began as a monthly meal ministry, soon expanded to support area non-profits with resources through quarterly clothing, seasonal utility and food drives year-round. While the Tootles were compelled to meet the needs of those in crisis, the call to preach and teach the gospel remained preeminent in the heart and mind of the young pastor. Lending his unique teaching and preaching skills to area congregations, Dr. Tootle served on staff leading men’s ministries, general bible studies, providing biblical counsel, baptizing, marrying, burying and preaching the weekly message. As a young pastor, Dr. Tootle was also able to put his bachelor’s degree in church ministries to use, developing and assessing the effectiveness of church growth strategies while honing his communication and leadership skills in support of his pastoral colleagues.

Impact Ministries incorporated in 2008 as outreach expanded to include record-breaking coat drives, with outreach staging, safety training, and weekly bible studies as commonplace in the Tootle home. As Dr. Tootle advanced in his biblical studies, adding a graduate degree in theological studies, bible study gained considerable intensity and a faithful following. Dr. Tootle completed an additional master’s degree, this one in divinity with a concentration in theological studies, which prompted the concept of a developing, a training facility for pastors and church leaders operating out of a local business park. Impact Ministries’ educational and professional services was set to revolutionize pastoral support and leadership training within the body of Christ.

The research conducted throughout this period culminated in an earned doctoral degree in divinity.  Drawing on his experiences and observations to minister to millennials in the church, Dr. Tootle founded the Koinōnia discipleship project.  The doctoral research project dedicated several years of study, interaction and life experiences to understanding the communication and mentoring strategies that are most effective when discipling young adults. Throughout his ministry, Dr. Tootle has used biblical instruction, pastoral council, and intentional relationship building to develop an insightful perspective of what is required to disciple believers across generations.

Dr. Tootle has been called to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ and with more than 25 years of practical experience, an extensive educational foundation, and a passion for preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, he is qualified to help pastors and church leaders fulfill God’s call on their lives to win the lost.

Our Focus

Evangelism/Biblical Discipleship

(Matthew 28:18-20) “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Orthodoxy

A sound or correct in opinion or doctrine. (II Timothy 2:15) “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.”

Orthopraxy

A correctness or orthodoxy of action or practice. (James 1:22-25) “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.”

Spiritual Formation

Developing Christ-likeness. (Matthew 11:29-30) “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.”

Biblical Ethics

Cultivating a Biblically based decision-making process. (Psalm 119:105) “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Biblical Literacy

Focuses on developing a sound Hermeneutic structure. (II Timothy 3:16-17) “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Apologetics

Equipping in the scriptural defense of the faith. (I Peter 3:15) “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”

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The Impact Discipleship Center is dedicated to building a strong foundation of discipleship in Christ Jesus so that the church may be fortified with disciplined, knowledgeable believers who are dedicated to living out Godly principles as Ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.