Our History/Mission Statement

In 1984, Nelson and Sarah Coblentz heeded God’s call on their life and formed the Gospel Express Evangelistic Team.  A few close friends and supporters assisted them, and God surrounded them with a seven-member board of directors to bring guidance and fulfillment to their vision for evangelism through singing and preaching.  The headquarters, originally in Lancaster County, PA, moved to Columbus, NC, in 2000.

The initial focus of Gospel Express was evangelistic ministry in prisons, churches and “Unto the least of these,” however God chooses. Gospel Express has since expanded to include community tent crusades, support chaplaincy programs, comprehensive Bible study correspondence courses, and a New Testament ministry to prisoners in the U.S. and Canada. Further facets of the ministry include a daily radio commentary, a recording ministry and in 1997 an international ministry to the African  countries of Ghana, Uganda and Kenya.

By God’s enabling grace, extension ministries were given wings through Gospel Express. This includes the chaplaincy support programs: Gospel Express Ministries South in North Florida and Carolina Chaplaincy Program in South Carolina. Door of Hope (North Carolina) and Freedom Hills (Ohio) launched counseling and discipleship ministries. The international ministry in Ghana led to the formation of Living Hope International (Illinois.)

Mission Statement: We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that Jesus Christ gave His life and shed His blood on the cross for our sins. We believe our only hope for salvation is confessing our sin to God and believing in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, buried with Him in water baptism, and raised in newness of life, living under the lordship of Christ.

We believe that our primary responsibility in this life is to fulfill the Great Commission; to preach the Gospel, disciple the saved, and show compassion unto the least of these (Matt. 28:19-20, Matt. 25: 31-46.)

Gospel Express Ministry personnel, although primarily holding memberships in Mennonite churches in their home areas, are committed to work together in love with all born again Christians to accomplish this great task before the return of Jesus Christ, whose Kingdom shall have no end.

Gospel Express is a nonprofit 501-C3 faith-based ministry and is funded by private donations.