Christian Training Center International50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary

Ministry Celebration 

Celebrate! 50 Years of Building “Life is Relationships” for Today, Tomorrow and Eternity

50 Years and Counting! Date to be announced soon for Spring 2021. Great fellowship, Guest speakers; Bobby Jones (NBA Hall of Fame Inductee), and John Beckett (Business entrepreneur and Christian author), and delicious food!

Join us in honoring Jay and Sally Fesperman and Larry and Susan Pons.

You won’t want to be among the missing when we recount the blessing of 50 years of Incredible Life Changing Ministry.

Make your reservations today!

Detailed schedule posted below.

About the Speakers

Bobby Jones, NBA Hall of Fame Inductee, and Wife Tess Jones

Bobby and I both grew up in Charlotte, NC, center of the Bible Belt.  This meant that we also grew up in church.  But not until I graduated from college did I understand what being saved really meant.

I joined a Bible Study with other students the summer after college and noticed that they prayed as if they were talking to Jesus sitting right there beside them!  I had never heard such personal, friendly prayers before!  It only took two months for me to realize I didn’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior in spite of all those years in church and Sunday School!  In 1973 I gave my life to Christ and started reading the scriptures.  They suddenly came to life for me!!  It was a true “scales falling from my eyes” experience!

Bobby and I had been dating about 5 months when I was saved, so I shared my new faith with him and a little later he came to know Christ as his personal Savior!!

We were married in July of 1974 and moved to Denver, where Bobby played basketball for the Denver Nuggets.  Moving half way across the country was a new experience for this girl who hadn’t ever been more than an hour from home.  The Lord knew what Bobby and I needed as new believers and introduced us to Gayleen and Claude Terry. Claude was a teammate of Bobby’s and both he and Gayleen were deeply rooted Christians.  The Lord also introduced us to the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ leadership who took us under their wing as family. Our faith was stretched and strengthened through the Terrys’ example and the challenges that FCA put before us to share our faith openly.  Because we made church a priority whenever Bobby was not on the road or playing in a game, the Lord surrounded us with strong Christian friends.

When Bobby was traded to Philadelphia in 1978, the Lord was still in full control, unbeknownst to us!!  What we didn’t realize at the time was that, because of Denver’s high altitude, Bobby had developed a seizure disorder linked to the extra strain on his heart.  Moving to Philadelphia improved his  heart condition and he never had another seizure while playing ball!  Also, the General Manager of the Sixers who initiated the trade for Bobby was a strong, outgoing Christian, as was his wife.  Once again, the Lord had gone before us to provide mentors who introduced us to other believers and to Bible Studies!!

You might think that the atmosphere of professional sports is toxic, but where there is great darkness, there is great opportunity to shine the light of the Gospel.  Regular Bible studies with other players in the Philadelphia area were our spiritual food.  Bobby and Julius Erving started pre-game chapels, which spread to other parts of the NBA.  A friend and I offered a Bible Study for any players’ wives who wanted to attend.

After Bobby retired, we moved back home to Charlotte, where Bobby was able to do what he loves more than anything – coaching and mentoring young kids and leading them to Christ!

John D. Beckett, Chairman R.W. Beckett Corporation and Christian Author

John D. Beckett was born and grew up in Elyria, Ohio, the oldest of three children. After attending public schools in Elyria, he graduated from M.I.T. in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics & Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry.

He joined his father in a small family‐owned manufacturing business in 1963, becoming president in 1965 upon the death of his father. He is now chairman of the company, and has helped guide the business to worldwide leadership in the manufacture and sales of engineered components for residential and commercial heating. The company, with its affiliates, currently has sales exceeding $100 million, with more than 600 employees.

Mr. Beckett has long been active in both church and community‐related activities. He helped found Intercessors For America, a national prayer organization, in 1973 and continues to serve on its board. He is a founding board member of the The King’s College in New York City, and serves on the board of Campus Crusade for Christ, International.

His first book, Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul, was published in 1998 by InterVarsity Press. The book is Mr. Beckett’s account of how he has sought to practically integrate his faith and his work. It is currently available in eighteen languages. Mr. Beckett’s second book, Mastering Monday: A Practical Guide to Integrating Faith and Work, was released in July 2006. (Details on both books are available at

Mr. Beckett received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Spring Arbor University in 2002 and The King’s College in 2008. He has been named “Christian Businessman of the Year” by the Christian Broadcasting Network (1999) and Manufacturing “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young (2003.)

Mr. Beckett resides in Elyria, Ohio with his wife, Wendy, to whom he has been married since 1961. They have six children and sixteen grandchildren.

Event Details

(More details will be added in the near future)

The Venue

Christian Training Center International

234 Watchman Lane

Franklin, NC 28734


$50.00 per family (3 or more)

$25.00 per individual)

Event Schedule


-5:00pm: Check-In

-5:30pm: Heavy hors d’oeurves

-7:00pm: Evening session with Guest Speaker Bobby and Tess Jones


-12:00-2:00pm: Barbeque Buffet

-2:30pm: Afternoon Session with Guest Speaker, John Beckett


Hotels (listed below) are under a block of rooms under CTCI 50th

Hampton Inn Franklin,NC

(828) 369-0600

Microtel Hotel & Suites Franklin, NC

(828) 349-9000

Microtel Hotel & Suites Sylva, NC

(828) 349-9000

Sapphire Motel Franklin, NC

(828) 349-9000

Schedule of Events


3:00-5:00 PM

Join us for a time of fellowship and rekindling old and new relationships.



5:30 PM

Join us for delicious heavy hors d’oeurves and continued fellowship


7:00 PM
Evening session with Bobby & Tess Jones

Join us with an evening of worship, a video celebrating the past 50 yrs, the vision for the future of CTCI, and guest speaker, Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Jones along with his wife Tess.



9:15-11:45 am
Scheduled Activities (you may choose)

-Basketball clinic with Bobby Jones at Franklin Hight School

-Tournaments (games at CTCI)

Captain Champion Break-Out Sessions

-Break-out session into decades you were at CTCI and be a part of the future of CTCI. (Further explanation will be given)



12:oo PM

Join us for delicious barbeque including barbeque pork, barbeque chicken, barbeque ribs, cole slaw, baked beans and dessert.

3:00 PM
Afternoon Session with John Beckett

An honoring of Sally Fesperman and Larry and Susan Pons of 50 years of ministry will take place during this time, along with business entrepreneur and Christian author, John Beckett.


5:00 PM
Fellowship with Light Snacks

Closing the celebration will conclude with more fellowship and light snacks.