Since 1991, Pastor Troy & Melanie Bohn have served the Lord Jesus in the full-time ministry of impacting hearts and lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having met as high school students in Amarillo, Texas - Troy and Melanie would marry in 1986 as 19 year-olds and begin a lifetime of service to advance the Kingdom of God by whatever means He directed.
The early years of their ministry could truly be described as an extended "proving and purging" that would prepare them for the enormous tasks that would lay ahead. For thirteen years they devoted their lives to the their first church plant in an area surrounded by drugs, prostitution, local gangs and poverty.
As they grew in their faith and allowed the Holy Spirit to work in them personally - God began to do a work through them to genuinely impact their community with the Gospel. They would launch an Adopt-A-Block ministry encompassing the forty-eight adjacent blocks surrounding their Church. Every Saturday a volunteer army would assemble to deliver donated baked goods door to door, clean streets and yards of garbage and most importantly demonstrate and communicate the message of the Cross of Calvary.
Additionally, they would establish men's and women's discipleship houses to take in and minster to those desiring freedom from addictions, those exiting jail or prison or fleeing from destructive or abusive relationships.
One of the most impactful ministries in those years was the "Jesus Cafe" that prepared and served sit-down meals to as many as 250 homeless and needy guests from the streets and community. This was followed by an afternoon Worship service and opportunity to minister to the spiritual needs of those individuals as well.
In 1996, Troy and Melanie were part of a small team that visited New Orleans during an annual Mardi Gras outreach and their lives - and the subsequent lives of untold others - were powerfully impacted.
For the next seven years the Bohn's would lead teams of urban missionaries into New Orleans for the annual Mardi Gras Outreach with some groups numbers in the hundreds! Out of this outreach was birthed the vision and ministry of RAVEN (Restoring A Vision & Evangelizing Nations).
In 2003, the Lord would direct Troy and Melanie to take their family to New Orleans to launch what has now become the Raven Ministries International Training Center!
With simply a Word from God and a willingness to say, "Yes" to the calling and stand in the face of enormous challenges and opposition - they prayed, labored tirelessly and stayed the course in order to see the vision that God had entrusted to them bear much fruit.
Since that day in 2003, Pastor Troy has preached the Gospel around the world in such places as the nation of Turkey, Amsterdam's Red Light District, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Jamaica and in most of the major Cities of the US. They have also planted and help to pioneer churches and outreach/evangelism ministries along the way that also stand to advance the Kingdom of God.
Today their passion is discipling and mentoring young people to fulfill the call to impact their generation for Jesus. This is accomplished through their internship ministry at the Raven Training Center (www.missionsnola.com) and their ongoing ministry of boldly preaching the Gospel (Raven Street Church on Bourbon Street), their ministry to the homeless (Taco Tuesday Ministry that has served tens of thousands of meals on the streets of New Orleans) and various other outreach ministries to the community.
While the ministry and the responsibilities associated with it have greatly expanded over the past thirty years - their faith and dependence upon God has remained the foundation of their lives and ministry.
Their personal ministry support has never come from any large organization or denomination - but rather through the love and generosity of their "friends and family" in the Kingdom that have watched them grow and continue their service to Jesus. They are accessible, accountable, approachable and high visible in all that they do in representing Christ.
We are now entering into a very strategic season and asking the Body of Christ to consider regularly partnering with us financially to enable to the work to remain a powerful and consistent voice in touching lives and raising up workers for the harvest.
Pastor Troy & Melanie Bohn
Urban Missionaries and Directors of the Raven Ministries International Training Center in New Orleans
Pastor Troy's #504.905.4113
More information about Raven Min. Int'l Training Center, Inc.: Raven Ministries is a faith based charitable organization that is committed to the long term spiritual and physical well being of the Greater New Orleans area through projects such as benevolence ministry to families and communities, homeless outreach and feeding programs and drug and alcohol intervention and recovery