The Story of Glory to Glory
Christian Attorney Terry Lee Hamilton is not your average lawyer! Due to a childhood speech impediment, he was always terrified to speak in public. However, his life changed forever when he was saved at age 26 in his last year of law school in Washington, D.C. Terry’s first public speaking experience, at the age of 27, was teaching boys and girls about Jesus in Junior Church. During the last quarter century, Terry has argued in courtrooms and preached in churches all over America; but he has never forgotten how God first used him — teaching boys and girls about Jesus.
God has also used Terry in another unusual way. Although Terry grew up with absolutely no musical talent or knowledge, God saw fit to use this musically illiterate attorney to write Christian songs and hymns (over 350 songs thus far). Only God can get the glory!
Boot the Mule
In 1984, God brought together Terry’s songs and love for children to give birth to the Boot the Mule musical adventures, a series of 45-minute audio cassettes with original songs and stories about Boot the Mule, the engineer on The Bible Express, a Gospel train which travels all over the world telling boys and girls about Jesus. In case you have never heard of a talking mule, Boot would be the first to tell you that he is a direct descendant of the only talking animal in history — the famous talking mule found in the Bible in Numbers 22.
God saw fit to leave Boot waiting at the train station until 1990, when Terry and his family (wife Jan, daughters Joy and Glory, and son Daniel) joined Lighthouse Baptist Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. With the encouragement and help of (1) Pastor John Jones and his wife Judy, (2) Fred Storm (the voice of Boot the Mule) and his wife Mary, and (3) others at the church, the Boot the Mule ministry was launched in the early 1990’s.
Lighthouse Legal Ministries
As the Boot the Mule ministry was rolling down the tracks, in 1995 the Lord led Brother Terry and Pastor Jones to found Lighthouse Legal Ministries (LLM), a faith ministry of Lighthouse Baptist Church, dedicated to preserving the Christian liberty of Independent Baptist churches. As the director of LLM, Terry is often asked how a Christian attorney can have such a burden for children. This is Terry’s answer:
Most of the legal battles which I have fought on behalf of Independent Baptist churches during the last eighteen years involve children’s ministries. Not only are the families and churches of America engaged in a legal war, but we are also engaged in a cultural war for the minds and morals of our children. I am honored and humbled that God has called me to be a soldier on both battlefronts.
Glory to Glory Ministries
Glory, an eager diarist, wrote the following words just a few months before her death: “I wish to die serving the Lord . . . If I die, I want to leave a legacy . . . I hope I make a difference in peoples’ lives.” Glory served the Lord in her short life on Earth, making a difference in many peoples’ lives, not only in our local church, but around Ohio, around America, and around the world.
Glory’s legacy lives on through Glory to Glory Ministries, and by God’s grace, Glory’s legacy will bring more and more people and more and more honor to Jesus. Read what people are saying about this growing ministry. Also, read the Glory Tract (over 250,000 printed and distributed) that has been given to thousands, including President George W. Bush.
Glory to Glory Ministries is a non-profit, tax-exempt ministry affiliated with Lighthouse Baptist Church of Ashtabula, Ohio. As a result, Glory to Glory Ministries’ doctrinal statement and Lighthouse Baptist Church’s doctrinal statement are one and the same. If you would like a copy of our doctrinal statement, please contact us with your mailing address, phone, and email and we will send it out to you promptly.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
II Corinthians 3:18