Worship Ministry

The Worship Ministry Track is for interns gifted in the area of singing, playing an instrument, and writing songs. In this track you will minister closely with our Sunday morning worship team as we invite the Holy Spirit in an atmosphere of praise and worship. Interns will also lead worship for LA and Christian Ministries Academy chapels, seminars, youth events, and travel from time to time to minister at other locations. Any intern with a gift or calling in corporate worship will learn, grow, and expand over the 9 months here at Leaders Academy. Our worship pastor Melanie Bertoglio is extremely gifted in worship and she will take you to another level as a musician and worship leader.

Children's Ministry

Our concept of Children’s Ministry is the same as what Jesus taught His disciples…”bring them to me.” (Luke 18:16) The Children’s Ministry consists of 5 through 12 year olds who are led to experience the love of God in fresh, innovative ways. Teaching, worship, special events and games are all a part of Children’s Ministry. This track will place interns right in the heart of working with children and is a must for those who love kids and want to be an influence in their lives. Our Children’s Ministry Team Leaders, Rachel, Lora, and Juanita are top notch!


Youth Ministry

This is a fast -paced, energetic, “all hands on deck” ministry with many opportunities to make a difference in this youth culture. Here you will be able to connect with teens, develop your leadership, and gain personal mentoring from our Youth Leaders. We have a desire to see young people growing spiritually. Working along side our leadership team is a real opportunity to be trained and grow. This track is for anyone interested in serving the body through the ministry of youth.


Christian Education

If you are excited about the idea of being able to work beside seasoned, skilled, passionate teachers then this track is for you. The Christian Education track is designed to give our interns an opportunity to develop and use their academic gifting with today’s young people. Mentoring, being involved in the classroom, assisting in sports, learning from qualified teachers, and being trained by the school leadership is an opportunity of a lifetime. Our school administrators are incredibly gifted with young people and this track will enable you to gain leadership skills that will promote you wherever you go.


Creative and Technical Media

This track is designed for those who know their way around a computer and have an interest in video editing, desktop publishing, audio podcast creation, soundboard technitioning, or worship software presentation. Interns will be working in an Apple/Adobe environment as they are trained in building videos for ministry, brochures, posters, and ministry audio podcasts. Media has become an important area in ministry for this generation and Leaders Academy wants to train its interns to use it to its fullest potential.




Ashley Ellison

LA Teacher / Senior Pastor


Ashley Ellison is the head pastor of Christian Ministries Church. He is the founder of Byler Ranch summer camp and he also teaches classes at Leaders Academy. He desires to impart practical Godly wisdom for everyday life and see young people pursue lives of excellence. Students will learn much from his experience and personal impartation.

BJ Stockstill

LA Teacher / Associate Pastor


BJ has been on staff at Christian Ministries since 2011. He is a teacher and track leader at Leaders Academy. BJ is an intrical part of LA, connecting and mentoring students and giving them wise counsel throughout their internship! BJ met his wife, McKinley, at CMC and they were married in 2010. They have a daughter, JoLynn, and a son, Jonathan! 

Melanie Bertoglio

LA Teacher / Worship Leader


Melanie Bertoglio is the Worship Leader at CMC. She has been leading since 2007 and is the Worship Track leader. Her knowledge of music and passion for worship help train others in their ability to lead and grow in their skills. She also sets a great example as a godly wife and mother.

Being taught in the classroom is great, but getting to go hands-on is even better. At Leaders Academy we give interns an opportunity toget involved and learn from experience. Develop yourself while reaching your generation in church ministry. Each day you will have the opportunity to intern in various ministries. Interns will be given the opportunity to explore and develop their God-given talents and abilities as they minister daily in their specific track.