Who We Are and What We Do
The Jewish salutation L'CHAIM means "To Life!" CHAIM means LIFE in Hebrew, and stands for "CHristians Announcing Israel's Messiah". (Pronounce it with a guttural "h". It rhymes with "ti-ime")
We promote the gospel among the Jewish people through direct evangelism, motivating and equipping churches, and discipling Jewish believers. It is our desire to help rebuild the Reformed witness to the Jewish people in the USA.
Theological and Ecclesiastical Ties
We subscribe solely to the Westminster Standards. CHAIM is Evangelical, Reformed, and Covenantal.
CHAIM was officially recognized by the PCA 20th General Assembly (click here to read)
Our director, Rev. Fred Klett (click here for bio) was the first ordained PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) evangelist specifically called to the Jewish people. Rev. Richard Anderson, from a Conservative Jewish background, (click here for his testimony) is the only ordained evangelist to the Jewish people in the Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church. Our board members are all PCA teaching or ruling elders. We also include on staff as a special Russian outreach project Rev. Vitaly Kalinovsky who works with Rev. Klett in planting Rock of Israel PCA among Russian immigrants. Rev. Michael Saunders, PCA ordaioned, has just joined our staff as our Florida are representative.
Our Board Members
Board of Reference
Dr. Samuel Logan - President of Westminster Seminary
Dr. Richard Gamble - Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL
Dr. Roger Greenway - Director of Christian Reformed World Ministries, Professor at Calvin Seminary
Dr. Milton Fisher - OT Professor & NIV translator, former President of Philadelphia Theological Seminary
Rev. John Yenchko - New Life PCA in Glenside, PA
Rev. Mark Herzer - Christ Covenant PCA in Hatboro, PA
Board of Directors
Elder John Felser - Ruling Elder, Christ the King PCA, Conshohocken, PA
Rev. Mel Ferrar - Pastor Emiritus, Providence PCA, Quakertown, PA
Rev. Daniel Schrock - Pastor, Third Reformed PCA
We started CHAIM in 1989 because there was a need for a Jewish mission in the USA based on the Westminster Standards and taking a Covenantal position.
There approximately as many Jewish people living in the United States as in Israel.
Less than 1% are believers in Jesus. The Jewish people are a "Hidden People Group".
There has been a decline in Jewish missions since the turn of the century. The number of missionaries has not kept pace with the Jewish population. Our Reformed churches were at one time in the forefront of Jewish missions.
There are professional "anti-missionaries" working in the Jewish Community. We believe a Reformed approach to apologetics is necessary to deal with anti-missionary objections.
The Jewish people have been persecuted by people perceived by them as "Christian".
This unique people needs a special witness. CHAIM is committed to sound theology and a culturally contextualized witness.
·Bold street and campus evangelism
·Bi Lingual Congregational planting among Russian speaking Jews, Central Asians and others.
·Follow-up of contacts & referrals
·Jewish-oriented evangelistic programs
·Support for Jewish Christians
·Training seminary students
·Consultation on outreach
Return to CHAIM home page