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Monthly Newsletter - April 2024
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.”
~ Steven Spielberg
The CJC Men's Program had their Mentoring Luncheon two weeks ago. Mentoring is one of the key components of CJC and is required for students to graduate. Students must  meet face-to-face with their mentors for 14 meetings plus 14 additional phone calls. During these hour meetings, they work on goal-setting, bible study and much more over a span of six months. CJC is thankful for the volunteers who mentor our students. Below are the mentor/participant pairs for this semester. 
Thank you, thank you to everyone who has signed up to bring or made a monetary donation for lunches this semester. 
Through your generous support, we have been able to cover ALL of the lunches for both sites! 
This would not be possible without your support! 
CJC Summer Seminar ~ Career Readiness
CJC First Baptist Site is offering a 6-week Summer Seminar on Career Readiness. On Wednesdays from 9 am until noon from June 5 through July 17, CJC is looking for interested students to participate. Topics to be covered include basic computer skills, job prep, communications, problem solving, and technology basics plus bible study. If you know of anyone who might be interested, email 

“I am a witness that God has done exceedingly abundantly above all we are able to ask or think.”

~ Gordon Porter, CJC Board Member

With a personal motto, “To leave people better than I found them,” Gordon Porter has done just that in every
capacity in which he’s served at Christian Job Corps (CJC) over the past nine years.


First introduced to CJC by Connie Tiller, former CJC Site Coordinator at the Union Hill P.B. Church Site, Gordon began volunteering as a guest speaker giving presentations on “Interviewing Techniques” and “Achieving Significance in the Workplace.” Gordon has also participated in the Mock Interviews held each semester for students where he served as an Interviewer at several of the CJC sites over the years.
Not only has Gordon volunteered in the classrooms for CJC, he has been a champion in the community
promoting CJC at area churches, job fairs and other events across Madison County. 

In addition, he has served on the CJC Board of Directors since 2020 where he has held positions from Finance Committee Chair, Treasurer, Vice Chairman to Board Chairman. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the Governance Committee and the Board Parliamentarian. Whenever there is a CJC need, Gordon is one of the first to lend a helping hand!
Gordon explains, “I am blessed and motivated when I hear the student’s testimonies and see them as they
evolve closer to knowing their God-given purpose and beginning to live life to the fullest.” He believes in CJC’s
vision of inspiring and encouraging individuals to achieve their God given purpose. He also believes in CJC’s
mission of equipping individuals with life and career skills through mentoring, education, and spiritual growth.
A retired civil servant with over 44 years of service and experience, Gordon has also volunteered with the
Alabama A&M University Youth Motivational Task Force along with being a seminar presenter to the Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) Leader Investment for Tomorrow (LIFT) Program, AMCOM Summer Hire Program, International Association of Administration Professionals (IAAP), Alabama A&M University’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program.

Married to his wife, Janice, for 47 years, Gordon is also a member of Union Hill P.B. Church where he serves as
a Deacon, Assistant to the Minister of Evangelism, member of the Men’s Ministry, and Facilitator/Teacher of
Sunday School, Bible Study, and Vacation Bible School Ministries.

CJC is thankful for Gordon and the time he gives to our ministry.

Hosted by Huntsville City Schools' Federal Programs Department, CJC was excited to participate in North Alabama's Project Connect event, Saturday, April 6. 

This event was for the homeless families in the Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County school districts and surrounding areas. The goal of Project Connect was to provide current and potential McKinney-Vento families the opportunity to walk away with knowledge of available community resources along with tangible household goods and items for their families. 


The CJC Executive Director Nancy Eckhardt, Board Members Beth Bice and Anne Stone along with Men's Site Coordinator Keith Williams and current students and mentors met families and students, shared information about CJC, and distributed 70 Bibles. 
Now Hiring....
Do you have a heart for helping women and men improve their lives? Are you active in a local church? Interested in part-time hours? 
Christian Job Corps has a few positions open currently -  office manager and site coordinator. 
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we may have the perfect spot for you! Please go to and check out the job descriptions and apply. 
Do you have a vehicle you no longer need? 
CJC has graduates in need of reliable transportation and would love to help meet this need through your donation. 
Last year, CJC gifted vehicles to three graduates - all possible because of the generous donations from individuals across Madison County. 
For more information on how to donate a vehicle to CJC, please contact Executive Director Nancy Eckhardt at or via phone at 256-428-9435
Current CJC students and recent graduates participated in the Relaunch Job Fair at First Baptist Church, Huntsville, on April 2.
Thanks to the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber for hosting such a wonderful event and to all of the companies who participated! 
Pray for CJC students, volunteers, staff:
  • That God would show them the ways they need to get out of their own heads.
  • That they would feel safe to open up and process.
  • That they would want more of God and that God would meet them.
  • That the conversations would be focused on God.
  • That we would be humble displays of God's grace to these men and women.
  • That God would come and fall on our time together.
  • That many would come to a saving faith as they see God for who He is. 
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