Transport For Christ (TFC) is a nondenominational, Christ-centred ministry to the trucking community, reaching out to truck drivers and those who work in the trucking industry.
Our mission is accomplished primarily through chapels we staff and permanently place at strategic travel plazas.
Leading truck drivers as well as the trucking community to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
The vision for Transport For Christ began in 1951 at a Youth For Christ rally when founder Jim Keys (age 21) asked, “If there is a Youth For Christ, why can’t there be a Transport For Christ?”
For the first seven years Jim, along with a group of volunteers, worked to lay the foundation for an organization that could meet the specialized needs of the trucking industry. Their purpose was to promote a practical application of Christian principles by making chaplains available upon request.
In 1958 the chaplaincy program began when Jim quit his truck-driving job and became a fulltime chaplain. The motto for the ministry was “SAFETY IS OF THE LORD”. Transport For Christ was incorporated in Canada in 1961.
TFC crossed the border to the United States in March 1966 when a driver from Texas picked up a copy of the ministry’s magazine, Highway Evangelist, and invited Jim Keys to Texas. The creation of the first mobile chapel was a major breakthrough for the ministry and was dedicated to the Lord on June 29, 1968. Truck drivers were attracted to it because it represented their industry. This chapel crisscrossed Canada and the United States, covering about thirty thousand miles per year. In the early seventies, two more mobile chapels were built and were based out of Hamilton, Ontario. New chapels were prayed over and dedicated to the Lord and added to the fleet.
On weekdays safety films, followed by a short gospel message, were shown to employees of truck terminals. That pattern, including visiting truck stops, churches, truck shows, etc., on weekends continued until 1986, when it was suggested by truck stop owners at P&M Plaza in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that the chapel be parked there for the winter. It soon became evident that this was a much better situation than having to schedule and move the chapel to a different location every few days. Thus began the era of permanent chapels.
TFC Today – in Canada
The goal of TFC in Canada is to provide a network of chapels across the country, having each chapel staffed with at least one fulltime chaplain. The lead chaplain takes the responsibility of involving area churches and recruiting volunteers for the chapel. Chapel ministry represents a great opportunity for personal growth and outreach as well as ministry experience through preaching, teaching, biblical counseling and praying.
Chaplains are available to visit area churches, hospitals and trucking terminals. TFC also publishes Good News for Life’s Highway, a magazine dedicated to reaching truckers with the message of the Gospel.
In order to accomplish what God has called us to do, we need chaplains, support personnel, support groups and churches who will be willing to come alongside this dynamic ministry.
TFC Today – Overseas
In 1993 two Canadians, Murray Scott, a member of the Board of TFC, and his wife, Audrey, travelled to Moscow, Russia, to work with the CoMission (a partnership of mission and parachurch ministries organized in response to the openness in the former Soviet Union). Their eyes were opened to the needs of the truckers there and were led to minister to them. They returned in 1994 with the blessing of TFC to begin a ministry to the drivers of the former Soviet Union. Chaplains were recruited and trained and a chapel was built in the US and shipped to Moscow, where it travelled the Ring Road around the city, ministering to truckers. This was the beginning of TFC Overseas Ministries.
Today, TFC continues to minister to truckers in Russia, and has added ministry locations in Brazil, Paraguay, Zambia and Tanzania, through partnership with national ministries. Each year hundreds of drivers enter into relationship with Jesus Christ after an encounter with one of our Overseas Ministries team.
Board of Directors
President of Freedom Transportation Inc.
Owner, President of Revolution Staffing
President of National Truck League Insurance Solutions
Director of TFC Overseas Ministries
Assistant Director of TFC Overseas Ministries
Director of TFC Canadian Ministries
Statement of Faith
We believe in the following nine Articles of Faith:
- The personality and trinity of the Godhead (John 14:26; 1 John 5:7).
- The virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:18–25; Luke 1:26–35).
- The verbal inspiration of the Holy Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:21).
- Regeneration or the new birth by the Spirit of God as the only entrance into the kingdom of heaven (John 3:3; Titus 3:5).
- The eternal punishment of all who reject Jesus Christ and His vicarious sacrifice (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:15).
- The Holy Spirit as our Source of power for service (Zechariah 4:6; Acts 1:8; Philippians 4:13).
- Unity in all things essential (Matthew 28:18–20; Ephesians 4:3–7, 11–13).
- Liberty in all things non-essential (1 Corinthians 6:12; 8:9).
- In all things, the spirit of love and kindness (John 12:34, 35; 1 John 4:21; Philippians 2:2–4).
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