Fatherless Teen Girl:
"I would not be here today, or at least somewhat put together, if it were not for Pastor Sean and Jackie’s fatherless ministry. When I entered 8th grade, Sean became the student pastor at our church and introduced his fatherless ministry to all of us. Most of the kids in our youth group did not have a father present in their lives, or some of the students had fathers present but they were heavily involved in drugs and alcohol. I was one of those students. I grew up with a father that was addicted to alcohol, and it completely changed the person that he could have been. When I was about 12 my father left my mother and I. Not too long after, Pastor Sean and Jackie started attending our church and later became apart of the student ministry. Their fatherless ministry has always given me hope, reminded me of God’s love, and provided me with encouraging resource to conquer my fatherless battle. They reminded me that I am not fatherless because I have God the father. Their ministry provided me with books, words of encouragement, devotions, and even one on one talk. What makes Sean’s ministry so unique is that he himself was a fatherless teenager and he knows the pain of growing up without a fatherly figure. Sean and Jackie’s ministry has also helped me to become a better leader. Now that my heart is mended from the pain that I once felt, I am able to and want to help those who are going through the same issues. My life was impacted greatly from Sean and Jackie’s fatherless ministry and now I personally feel equipped to help others that are hurting and fatherless. I encourage you to take a look into their fatherless ministry because it will either help you or someone you know!"
"At the time of my divorce, I was overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty, and loneliness. My children and I did not have God in our lives. A friend recommended that we begin opening ourselves up and invited me to her church. The youth pastor at Colonial Baptist Church immediately embraced my three children. He genuinely understands the hurt that comes along with not having a father available or capable to love you. He was consistently available to talk to my children and be a good listener. Support was also provided for me as a single parent. I am very blessed to have had the support and compassion from Pastor Sean Teis and his ministry."
Fatherless Teen Guy:
"To sit down and tell you how much Life Factors ministry has affected my life will be one of the hardest things I have done. There are so many ways that Sean and Jackie have influenced my life but I would like to tell you about the biggest impact they have had on me. I would like to talk about is how selfless the both of them are. When I met Sean I was 12 years old and I was going through a very weird stage of becoming a teenager. I had a lot of questions and my father was gone. So I was left really with no answers. I was struggling with things like manhood and what kind of man I wanted to become... Over the course of my senior year, Sean became much more than a friend or a mentor he became family. He poured into my life more than anyone had to that point or since. He discipled me, he helped me grow as a Christian and helped me find God’s calling for my life. but I know it wasn’t all Sean but Mrs. Jackie Teis because throughout all of this time she was so understanding and never made a big deal about all the time and effort Sean was putting into me that really took away from their time together. Mrs. Jackie is the definition of a virtuous woman and has taught me what a godly woman and wife is and the two of them taught me what a godly marriage looks like. She was so supportive when a lot of people would have told Sean to give up and focus on other things and I cannot thank her enough for that. I can truly say that if it were not for the selfless work that Sean and Jackie did in my life. I would not have graduated high school, I would not have gone to college and committed to full-time ministry, and would certainly not be here today to write this testimonial. Everything that has been accomplished over the last couple of years is a testament to their hard work and servant attitudes. Through them I became a better person, a better Christian, and most of all I became a better man. I am lucky to have such good friends in Sean and Jackie that will never give up and will always stay true to the work that God has called them to do!"
grandfather raising grandchildren:
"When Sean first started his ministry and was working with my grandson, it took a lot of pressure off me in the long run. My grandson now had someone to not only look up to but to be accountable to also. It changed him a lot. My grandson now had someone in his life, other than my wife and I, that he new cared about and loved him. I will never be able to thank Sean enough for his influence and impact on my grandsons life."
"Pastor Sean & Mrs. Jackie became our youth/teen pastor at our church in 2012. They were great with my daughter and the other kids. They showed a lot of love and compassion for them especially the fatherless. They were and are a blessing to us as a single mom and fatherless teen. Pastor Sean brought his experience, feelings, and encouragements as he was a fatherless child him self. His mom Connie was and is a blessing to me as a single mom. They gave us books to help and encourage us in growing closer to the Lord in our journey. They launched God is My Dad ministry in 2017. My daughter was a big part of that. There ministry helped us to cope with the situation we found ourselves in and taught us that God is our Dad no matter what. Knowing that gives us the peace we need to go on our journey in this world closer to our Heavenly Father."
"Being a single mom for the second time in life tested my faith. How could I continue to raise another child without a dad while working two jobs to pay the bills and keep my home. Stress from working double time, loneliness, and believing that somehow I had failed my child burdened my heart. At first, attending church on Sundays was not possible. I had to work! My only solace was that Colonial Baptist Church offered a Wednesday night teen group ministered by Pastor Sean Teis. Little did I know that Sean was a fatherless son, too, like my son. I thanked God for Wednesday nights. A Church bus picked up my son which allotted me two hours to get groceries, do the laundry, (and if there was a few minutes leftover), I could flop down on the couch. I soon had a different work schedule which freed up my Sundays and so my son and I could attend church together. I felt some relief, but I was still alone, disconnected. I didn’t really know, and being a single mom further isolated me. Things were going to change. One Mother’s Day, all mothers received a carnation children as we excited the church service. Holding that flower, while gazing at all the other mothers made me feel special. It wasn’t long after that, that Pastor Sean arranged for all the single moms to gather and have a ‘roundtable’ talk sharing our stories with the understanding that what we shared stayed within the group. As our single moms group strengthened, Pastor Sean was mentoring my son (and all other fatherless teens). He soon learned that God was his dad. Amen, my son had a Father! Pastor Sean became my son’s surrogate dad at football games. Wow, my son had a ‘dad’ at the sidelines cheering for him. As it says in James 1:27: “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted form the world.” The trials of life for me and my worries about my son created a feeling of patience the in God’s time our lived would be healed. God was my dad, too. Imprinting that thought: GOD was my dad, too, kept me coming back to Colonial Baptist and becoming a part of the women’s ministry, prayer chain, and adult choir. I, too, had a family. Glory to my Dad and my son’s dad, GOD!"
Fatherless Teen Girl:
"How you guys helped me as a fatherless teen. You were like a second family to me.. it was really hard being a teen without a father because every teen girl needs a dad to run too and talk to when things get hard and frustrating.. when your family was at Port Matilda [Baptist] church you guys made me feel safe and showed me that yes I didn’t have a mother and father together as a family but I had two parents that would still love me and I had my church family and I had a father figure at the church that I could go and talk to. I did go through a lot of struggles not having a father at the house and not being able to do thing with my dad that I wanted to do and spend time with Him like I wanted to.. But your family invited me to your home and talked to me. And prayed with me and played games and just had a good time."
"You have changed my son’s life and kept him on a great path. My son is so completely comfortable with his church family and I thank God every day for that. You being his mentor through life has saved him already. Thank you for being a part of his life and mine!! ❤️“
Fatherless Teen GirL:
"Life Factors is a wonderful ministry centered around empowering, enriching, and growing children and teens. It's Christ centered approach to mentorship and guidance definitely had a part in the start of my faith walk! The founder, Sean, was nothing but supportive and encouraging to my whole family. They are doing great things for God!"
Fatherless Teen Girl
"After my father left my mom and I chose to have a new start, this fresh start consisted in finding a new church. This new church was Colonial Baptist Church. I am so thankful for this church and the amount of support and love we received by each of the members. During that time in my life I believe it was very crucial to have a solid church family. Through Colonial’s youth group I was able to make new life long friends and have wonderful leaders to look to. During my time in youth group I was able to grow in my spiritual walk with the Lord. This helped an excessive amount in boosting my confidence level and it aloud me to become more of spiritual leader. Through the youth group I was able to use my testimony of my father’s absence to minister to others. I discovered that rather than feeling bad for myself I could minister to teens in my youth group that grew up with similar experiences. Thankfully I had a wonderful youth pastor, Pastor Sean who was able to minister to me as well and help me develop as a Christian. Through my time at Colonial Baptist I realize that I grew so much in my relationship with the Lord and see how God is now able to work in my life. I advise that if your father has left you and your family it is crucial to get plugged in your youth group as I did. This will help you to grow spiritually and make life long friends. The friends I have made at Colonial Baptist, such as with my youth pastor and his wife I hope to keep those relationships for as long as possible."
Fatherless Teen Guy
“I can talk about what it’s like to have a single mom and having no father at all and just living under the roof of a single mom and how it feels. It’s horrible. I have a mom that takes care of me. Sean, I want to thank you for supporting me and also for being there for me and loving me like a brother. I also want to thank you for your church. I have had some really fun times of going to [The Wilds in ] North Carolina. Also hanging out with friends and doing fun little games at church and not having to worry about anything at all, just being me. God helped you in many ways. God has help me through most of my struggles I’ve gone through life specially in my younger days. I really appreciate you and your help and God in my life. I have changed very much. I have made many good choices in my life. I want to go to college and get a career start making money and get a house and a car and have a normal life but with God on my side too. You all are my friends. I love you all.”
“Sean is one of the most disciplined and passionate people that I have ever known. His call to begin his ministry, Life Factors, was birthed from his experience growing up without the influence of a father. Despite these circumstances, Sean has triumphed into a Godly young man with purpose and conviction. I am continuously amazed at Sean's level of enthusiasm and leadership skills he displays.” - Dr. Kerry Feathers, Senior Pastor, Florida
“I am writing to commend to you the ministry of Sean Teis. I have known Sean for over seven years and have found him to be a young man of integrity, with a deep passion for God and people. I am confident that his ministry will prove helpful to churches and pastors as they seek to minister to those in need.” - Dr. Charles T. Shoemaker, President, Church Planting America, Florida
“Sean consistently goes above and beyond in order to reach teens where they are with what God has for them. Sean possesses the educational training to accomplish what God has called him to do. Perhaps more importantly, however, he has that invaluable real-life experience as well. God has truly prepared Sean for this unique work.” - Pastor Ryan Smith, Senior Pastor, Pennsylvania
“Sean’s spiritual intensity about the ministry that God has called him to is contagious. James 1:27 calls it pure religion, and because of that I am 100 percent behind Life Factor’s Ministries.” - Pastor Eric Capaci, Senior Pastor, Arkansas
“The Lord is using Sean Teis to bring a message of hope to an otherwise forgotten group. He is addressing the need in our time to disciple young people who are living a life with only one parent in tough situations who often need guidance. He brought this message of hope to over 90 pastors at the Atlantic Independent Baptist Fellowship on the East Coast. Sean brings a very powerful lesson on the condition of the home today. But, what is so encouraging is he brings forth workable solutions and a means for a Pastor and a people to get involved with their community to reach these families. As Sean preaches it is a reminder of how important it is to bring these little ones unto Christ and how to reach those single moms and dads. The intensity with which he brings out the point comes from the heart of a man that has lived through these tough circumstances. It is a message of principle, power, and hope in Christ Jesus.” –Robert L. Warnick, Senior Pastor, Virginia