Ransom Fellowship was founded by Denis and Margie Haack in 1981.
Together, they have created a ministry that includes lecturing, writing, teaching, feeding, and encouraging the multitudes
who want to know more about what it means to be a Christian in the everyday life of the 21st century.
Denis is the author of The Rest of Success: What the World Didnít Tell You About Having It All and has written articles for such journals as: Reformation & Revival Journal; Eternity; Covenant; and, World.
He holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. His undergraduate studies were done at the University of Minnesota and University of New Mexico.
After a few years of living in a Christian commune (yes, thatís right, they were hippies), he staffed a church as a youth pastor and was recruited by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where he eventually became area director of New Mexico, Arizona, and part of Texas. To support himself and his family, he did everything from pumping gas to delivering flowers to starting a janitorial business that didnít boom until he gave the business to a friend who took the idea and ran with it.
Before he and Margie owned a home, he always declared that their lawn would be made of rocks so he wouldnít have to mow, but heís now the proud owner of a self-propelled Honda lawnmower which he also uses to mulch every leaf that blows into the yard.
For little-known (read: personal) facts about Denis (that he might prefer you not know) and the beginning of his ministry, his interview might interest you.
Author of Notes from Toad Hall, Margie has been a featured speaker at various conferences and retreats on topics ranging from Providence of God in suffering and the enigmatic words of Jesus, to the cultural significance of tattooing and the challenge of being faithful in everyday life.
She was a columnist for World for years and is currently working on her childhood memoir (when she rewrites yet again and finds a publisher you'll be the first to know). She grew up in Northern Minnesota on a farm and attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in pre-med.
Sheís now grateful she didnít pursue medicine because she is more interested in and much more skilled at the art of writing and hospitality which involves but isnít limited to cooking amazing meals, painting every room a different vibrant color, and gathering pieces of eclectic furniture that make even the most uptight feel right at home.
Some would say her artistic skills in hospitality border on genius, but she would protest, citing as evidence the fact that she regularly kills her house plants. Her favorite hobby is collecting mushrooms and guessing which ones would kill her if she ate them. And now, for all you yearning to know more, hereís an interview of Margie by Margie.
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Critique #5 in the mail
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Christ the King Church
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Critique #6 in the mail
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Covenant Seminary Class
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