THE ELLERSLIE BACKSTORY
In 1993 a twenty-two year old named Eric Ludy was agonizing over his own powerlessness to live out the high calling of the Christian life. Through many tears, and many months of staring squarely at the Scriptures and contrasting it with his own life, and discovering the enabling grace that can only found in a surrendered relationship with Jesus Christ, Eric Ludy began to express the deep burden that was sitting upon his soul. He laid out on paper for a “return of the ancient growl.” And it was in this “essay” that he articulated the formation of a band of believers that would be built by the Holy Spirit of God to take the grand and timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations with bravehearted moxie.
This essay was simply known to him as “Men of Honor.” And after seventeen years of intensive prayer to see this vision formed, Eric and his wife Leslie saw the first stage of fulfillment unfurl in the launch of Ellerslie Discipleship Training in 2009, with the first students arriving May of 2010 for the first Ellerslie semester.
The interest for this training was immense — drawing passionate, serious-minded Christians from around the globe to Windsor, Colorado. This unique magnetic pull upon these fervent saints created a rallying point for like-minded men and women around the world — men and women that all fervently asked God for the return of strength and majesty to the Church of Jesus Christ. Over the past 10+ years Ellerslie has trained over 2,000 Christians of all ages and backgrounds in Gospel-centered living.
Eric and Leslie Ludy still lead the work of Ellerslie Discipleship Training and are surrounded by an almost identical team to the one that they started out with back in 2009. Ellerslie’s staff is beloved for its deep spiritual maturity, its deep practical love for the Body of Christ, and its deep passion to see Christ remain preeminent in every teaching and every discussion.