We Hear the Cry!



When Carla followed her husband, Pastor Ron Ives to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to pioneer a new church in 1986 she never imagined how far the journey would take her! She served as The Potter’s House Family Worship Center’s Children’s Pastor for the first 8 ½ years, building the team to 50 children’s workers with “Operation Spaceship” every Sunday morning, discipleship classes at the mid-week service and outreaches throughout the community. The church grew and eventually she was needed in the adult service to minister at her husband’s size. However, the call to children continued to hold her heart and she began taking short-term mission trips to Guatemala to minister to pastor’s children. This led to the realization that most of the pastor’s children were largely unsaved or poorly discipled. Carla’s heart was burdened for the children of the world.


At a mission’s conference in Harbor Springs, Michigan a vision of training pastors, parents, teachers and leaders to reach and disciple the next generation was born. Carla took her first trip to the Philippines to teach her first Children’s Ministry Seminar and watched the passion for children ignite. Since then, she has prayerfully led the growing ministry of Heart Cry International, mobilizing volunteers from the USA to change children’s lives through quality Christian discipleship and humanitarian projects. Over seventy nations have benefited from HCI’s training and/or materials thus far.


Carla has authored several books for adults and children and is a teacher with a prophetic message for this generation. She is a popular speaker for women’s/youth/mission’s conferences or retreats and teaches at Vessels of Honor School of Ministry. Carla is also a member of the Rotary Club, believing in “service above self.” She continues to minister to children worldwide in churches, in schools and in the darkest slums. To the street boys of Uganda, she is “Jaajja” (Grandma); to the children in the orphanage in Haiti she is “Mama Grandma Carla.” Wherever she goes, Carla carries the passion for the next generation and a love that knows no bounds. Saved 35 years ago, she continues to serve Jesus Christ with zeal and commitment.


Carla Ives was born August 29, 1961 and married Ronald Joseph Ives on February 28, 1981 in Midland, Michigan. They live happily in Michigan, still serving as pastors of The Potter’s House. They have three married children and sixteen grandchildren. The grandchildren are Carla’s favorite hobby and greatest joy.


Awards and Recognition

Who's Who

Great Women of the Great Lakes Bay Region

Katherine Jones Foundation


The HCI Team consists of a large group of volunteers who give of their time, energy, talent and resources to assist with the growing work.


HCI Board Member/

HCI Co-Founder/

Vessel’s of Honor (VOH)

School of Ministry President

Pastor Ron Ives

HCI Board Member/

Discipleship Director

Pastor Caleb Ives

HCI Board Member

Pastor Kirk Packer

HCI Board Member/

African Advisor

Pastor Wole Gbogboade

HCI Board Member/

Resettlement Fund Coordinator

Robin Duthie

HCI Board Member

Gifty Cudjo

HCI Board Member

Gerald Zeien

HCI Board Member/

Trauma Counseling Consultant

Stuart Rayner


Business Consultant

Brian Molitor of

Malachi Global

HCI Bear & Friends Webmaster

James Cooke

HCI Webmaster &

Design Materials:

Lindsey Miller

Discipleship Consultant

Dave Behring of LionShare Ministries

Discipleship Consultant David Shibley of Global Advance

Prayer Ministry Coordinator Margaret Brady   

Youth Corp (YC) Illinois Coordinator

Jody Williams

HCI African Director

 Pastor Oluwole Akintaro

Host Ministry Partnership

Brazilian Children’s Outreach

Teena Evans

Host Ministry Partnership

Hope Street Uganda

HCI Africa Board

Pastor Hosea Nelson Kyasooka of Grace Fellowship Ministries

HCI Africa Board

Pastor Jare Babasola

HCI Child

Sponsorship Director

Chris Zeien

Sponsorship Care Team

Shelby Keefer

Sponsorship Consultant

Lovie Phillips

HCI Africa Board

Pastor S. Olu Oyewunmi

HCI Africa Board

Pastor Kunle Kayode

HCI Africa Board

Pastor Kemi Daniel

Trauma/Family/Child Counseling Consultant

Jessica Ives

HCI Widow’s Hope

Team Leader

Abiola Sonupe



Abdul Galiwego of Hope Street Uganda/Boy's Center




Pastor Hosea Nelson Kyasooka of Grace Fellowship Ministries


Pastor Pierrot LaFluer,

Adonai Church


Larry & Marla Johnson of

Flames of Fire Ministries


Teena Evans of Brazilian

Children's Outreach




Pastor Paulo and Pastor Martha Faria of Novidade

de Vida


Pastor Martin

(Other names cannot be

shared for their safety)


Oswaldo & Denise Pineros


Ruth Ruibol Ministries


Pastor Weston Wachu


Azuka Gbogboade of ChristLight Schools


EME Ministries

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Heart Cry International

PO Box 207

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0207


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