Senior Pastor


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Pastor Cyndi Higgins

Cyndi is the wife of John Michael Higgins. John is a solid man of God and a full time crop farmer in Michigan. Together they have 8 adult children and 23 grandchildren. Cyndi owns the business, Exams Express, Inc. a title searching company for real estate matters in Michigan.

Cyndi is a National and International public speaker. Only by the grace of God, did Cyndi Harper survive complications at birth and a violent upbringing. Many would argue that it is out of character that a survivor of both childhood and domestic abuse would love, live, and teach peace as much as she does. Perhaps one needs only to remember the words of Joseph in Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Although not legally changing her name, many know her as Pastor Cyndi Higgins.


Through her eight children’s books, under the name Cyndi Harper-Deiters, she began teaching young children non-violent problem solving methods in 1992. Cyndi’s successful writing and speaking career began immediately after graduating from the Institute of Children’s Literature. With eleven published books and speaking engagements in schools across America, Cyndi’s message not only captured the hearts of the children but those of the educators and parents as well. Cyndi skillfully used Jonathan Michael the Resident Rooster, the books’ main character, to teach children non-violence and the art of peacemaking.


Between 1992 and 1996, Cyndi studied as a volunteer Mediator with The Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan, and attended Jordan College. Already using her business degree, she changed her educational interest to literature, child-development, and computer applications. She uses the knowledge gained by her variety of studies to communicate better through her books, recorded prayers, songwriting, lesson-plans, pastoral counseling, and public speaking. In 2007, Cyndi retired from full time employment at her company, Exams Express Inc., and shortly thereafter, began her ministerial studies.


Pastor Cyndi was ordained under Dr. Morris Cerullo of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism and Bishop (Dr.) Anthony Yeboah of Free International Missions in January 2012. She is the Sr. Pastor of Barefoot Gardens Fellowship Ministries in Ada, Michigan (Grand Rapids). The local focus is on binding up the broken-hearted through the 35-week course, “Rejoice Freedom;” she wrote the curriculum and lessons plans for this very successful recovery program. This program helps individuals recover from emotional hurts that have led them into addictions and destructive behaviors. The structuring of the Mission’s Ministry, Run-Away-Brides (RAB) and writing the autobiographical book of a reconciled bride to initiate the cause and inspire run-away-brides to return to Jesus is her current endeavor. With her God-given writing talent, she creatively weaves the beautiful purpose of life. She skillfully uses her gifting in the book, “Run Away Bride, the Story of a Reconciled Runner,”  introducing God’s beloved masterpiece the human-heart, soul, mind, willpower, body, and spirit with love, compassion, and understanding


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