Turning Hearts Ministries founded by Mark and Melissa DeJesus in 2006, exists to see the heart of Father God revealed to mankind, turning their hearts towards loving and intimate relationship with Him. Our passionate calling is to join hands with like-hearted people for the work of advancing the Kingdom of God, discipling nations and healing the land.
Our passion is to see a renovation and renewal in how we operate in relationships: how we see God, ourselves and those around us. We are fervently pursuing transformation in all three dimensions, because we believe all of life stems from healthy relationship. With this transformation will come healing to the hearts, minds and bodies of people.
Mission & Vision of Turning Hearts
Turning Hearts Ministries exists to see the heart of Father God revealed to mankind, turning their hearts towards loving and intimate relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Our desire is to teach and equip people to experience transformation from the inside out in spirit, soul and body.
Our vision is to see the body of Christ equipped to live healthy and whole with God, themselves and others.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit, this ministry seeks to follow after the ministry that Jesus left for the church to do: reveal the love of God the Father in healing the broken heart, raise up sons and daughters of God according to who they are in Christ, help people to remove spiritual hindrances that keep them from an abundant life, health and whole living; release them into an effective work of ministry for the Kingdom of God.
About Mark & Melissa DeJesus
Mark and Melissa DeJesus are both natives of Connecticut and carry a heart and passion for New England and beyond. Together, they are involved in ministering, teaching, and equipping people to experience transformation in spirit, soul and body.
Mark has been involved in full time ministry since 1995 in various roles, including pastor and worship leader. He now serves full time as a teacher, author, radio show host and consultant.
In 2006, Mark and Melissa founded Turning Hearts Ministries; a ministry focused on inside out transformation, which involves healing broken hearts, dismantling spiritually rooted issues that keep people from freedom and encouraging people in their identity.
Mark and Melissa carry a deep passion to lead people towards intimacy with God through the communicating the Word of God, ministry and worship. He carries a heart of a prophetic exhorter, to passionately lead people into more dynamic walk with God.
Their greatest gifting is in awakening the hearts of people and effectively getting to root hinderances that keep people from experiencing healing and personal breakthrough.
Both Mark and Melissa have experienced tremendous transformation and healing. They minister from their own journey of freedom, where God began to show them areas of the heart that needed to be healed, where deep strongholds kept them from a victorious walk.
The DeJesus family carry a deep conviction that God wants to have a life-changing and freeing relationship with each of us. This flows from their own lives, through their family and into the region. Their calling and focus is to address the strongholds, bondage and blocks that keep us from wholeness, health and freedom. Their belief is that God wants to see His people freed up so they can experience His love, grace, forgiveness and power in the way He designed them to. They carry a deep desire to see people restored and to build healthy relationships and families. As we step into that liberty, may we all respond by impacting our world with power in greater effectiveness.
As a part of their calling, they desire to see a greater network develop over America and around the world of people who want to bring a revolution of transformation to the body of Christ.
What We Believe: Tenants of Faith
The Scriptures Inspired
The Scriptures, the Old and New Testament, is inspired of God and is the Word of God. Jesus Christ is the Living Word, so the Scriptures lead us by the Holy Spirit to Jesus, who came to lead us to the Father (John 1; John 14; John 16; 2 Timothy 3:15-‐17; 1 Peter 1:23-‐25; Hebrews 4:12).
The One True God
The Godhead as revealed in the Old and New Testament is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Colossians 2; Isaiah 43:10-‐11; Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ, God the Word, the LORD God, is the only begotten Son of God who came to earth in the =lesh. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, the virgin, lived a sinless life as a human being and was anointed by God with the Holy Spirit to destroy the works of the devil. He showed us the ministry of the believer/priest to preach the good news, call for men everywhere to repent and turn to God, heal the sick, do cures in His name, and cast out evil spirits.
He is the sacrificial Lamb and by His shed blood we have remission of sins. He died for our sins and the sins of all who believe on His name. He reconciled us to God by faith and indwells us by the Holy Spirit. He lay in the grave 3 days and 3 nights and on the third day God raised Him from the dead, He walked on this earth for 40 days and was seen by man. Ascended up into heaven and sat down on the right hand of God. Jesus Christ is coming again. (Matthew 1; Mark 16:17-‐18; John 1; John 8; John 14; Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:1-‐11; 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 3:8; Revelation 3:11)
Man: His Fall And Redemption
Humankind was created good and in the image of God to know and enjoy Him yet we willfully rejected the Lordship and glory of God for which we were intended and sin entered mankind. Because of this, sickness, death and judgment entered the world and now creation experiences the effects and consequences of sin and is in need of redemption. His only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-‐31; Genesis 3:17; Romans 5:12-‐21).
The Salvation of Man
The Grace of God, which brings salvation, has appeared to all men, through the preaching of repentance toward God and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; man is saved by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, and being justified by grace, has become heir of God according to the hope of eternal life. The victorious and redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides freedom from the power of the enemy, eternal death in hell, sin, lies, sickness and torment (Titus 2:11; 3:5-‐7; Romans 10:13-‐15; Luke 24:47).
Evidences of Salvation
The inward evidence to the believer of his/her salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Ro. 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a a transformed life of holiness (1 Thessalonians 4:7; 5:23, 2 Timothy 1:9).
Baptism in Water
The ordinance of baptism by burial with Christ should be observed (as commanded in the Scriptures) by all that have repented of their sins and in their hearts have believed on Christ as their Savior and Lord. In doing so, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they have also been released to walk with Him in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s Supper (Communion)
The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements, bread and fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing in a memorial to His suffering and death, our covenant relationship with God, our communion relationships with each other as believers and a prophecy of His second coming (John 6:48, 51, 53-‐57; Luke 22:19, 20; 2 Peter 1:4; 1 Corinthians 11:25).
The Promise of the Father
All believers should ardently expect and earnestly seek the Promise of the Father, which is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. With it comes the infilling of power for life, witness, service, and the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-‐8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-‐31). This experience may be distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the New Birth (Acts 2:38; 10:44-‐46; 11:14-‐16; 15:7-‐9).
The Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence and God’s grace enables a believer to live in obedience to the Word of God and to live in a continual process of being sanctified, or set apart from sin. Sanctification is the will of God for all believers (Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15, 16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24; 1 John 2:6).
As the fullness of the Godhead rested bodily on Jesus as a work of the Holy Spirit, this fullness of the Godhead should rest on the body of Christ in the earth today, the church. The church consists of all who put their faith in God through Jesus Christ. The church exists to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ and further advance His kingdom by undoing the works of the enemy, preaching and living the good news of God’s Word, living in love, discipling the nations, ministering supernaturally with signs and wonders following, baptizing and teaching people to love and obey God. The church is the holy Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer is an integral part of the church body (Matthew 16:18, 28:16-‐20; Mark 16:17-‐18; 1 Corinthians 12).
Divinely called and Scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for a two-fold purpose: (1) The evangelization of the world, and (2) The perfecting and equipping of the Body of Christ (Mark 15:16, 20; Ephesians 4:11-13). God has in store for all believers by faith the resources and authority necessary to fulfill the church’s mission.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The spiritual gifts as taught in the New Testament are valid and necessary for an effective church to minister effectively to each other and to a world in need. (1 Corinthians 12‐14)
Healing and Freedom
Deliverance from sickness, bondage and torment is provided for in the atonement of Christ and is the privilege of all believers in their journey (Isaiah 53:4, 5; Matthew 8:16, 17; Mark 16:18; John 5:14; 2 Corinthians 10:5).
The Blessed Hope
The blessed hope is where the church, those who have “fallen asleep” together with those are alive and remain in Christ will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Romans 6:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51-‐52).
The Millennial Reign of Jesus
The second coming of Jesus Christ involves coming to earth with His saints to establish His millennial reign. (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 19:1l-‐16; Romans 11:25; Revelation 20:l-‐7)
There will be a final judgment, where those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will receive eternal life, to live and reign with Christ for eternity. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns =ire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-‐15).
The New Heavens and New Earth
We, as promised in the Scriptures, we look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21: l).