About Us

ORIGINS….from the Lord’s heart

Vital Truth Ministries began in August of 2006 as a personal, Christian outreach to prisoners at Wakulla Correctional Facility in Crawfordville, FL.  As best friends, and brothers in Christ, Mike Shockey and Matthew Reeves felt that their calling from God was to bring the love of Christ to this broken and humiliated community of men, through the transforming power of God’s Holy Word, and by being, to the best of their ability, the tangible, functioning hands and feet of Jesus.  We must remember that the primary work of the minister is to minister!  The question is simply what, or whom is being ministered to others?  The answer, according to the Christian worldview—and we are Christians!—is that he/she is ministering Jesus Christ.  For in doing so we minister hope to the hopeless.  We minister eternal life to the otherwise eternally lost.  We minister the promise of days unending, spent together with God, Almighty, in a perfect, loving relationship with Him that can never again be interrupted by our sin.  We minister the unspeakable beauty of Jesus Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on behalf of His people—who could not please God on their own—so that all of these truths are made certain, and thus the deep meaning of “The Gospel” is rekindled in the heart and mind of the hearer, afresh!  By the gracious will of God, it is to this very day, that this ministry still operates with the same heart and mind of Christ!

In fact, as of June 2015, Mike has become the planting pastor of The Hillside Community Church (thehillside.church) in Tallahassee, FL.  This new church plant is situated in the heart of student housing, at the edge of the campus of Florida State University.  Of course, then, our primary ministry is the teaching and living of the gospel of Christ for the sake of our future leaders, movers, and shakers!

THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF VITAL TRUTH AND HILLSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH is Jesus Christ, and Him crucified!

“For indeed some ask for signs and some ask for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to some a stumbling block, and to others foolishness; but to those who seek understanding because of God’s urging in their lives, Christ is both the sign and wisdom of God.”  (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 1:22-24)

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (Jesus speaking, John 14:6)

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3 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Hi, Mike. Great to be a student! At Wakulla CI the spirit warriors are working away. Forgivness and restorative justice are the present themes in Quest, a Horizon program that achors our prison work.

    I was in graduate school for several years with New Testament teacher/scholar Marcus Borg and I continue to be amazed by the simple, common sense power of his solid New Testament work. And how far he is able to reach into this complicated and so very needy modern, small world.

    Congratulations on this wonderful site. best, hugh

  2. PASTOR MATTHEW ABLORDEY said:

    I WILL BE VERY GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD SEND ME SOME OF YOUR MATERIALS FOR GODS WORK. TO ENABLES ME TO KNOW THE TRUTH, AND TO TEACH OTHERS TOO. BOOKS, BIBLES, VIDEO DVD, SUNDAY SCHOOL MATERIALS. AND IF YOU CAN ASSIST ME WITH USED CLOTHS MATERIALS AND FINANCES TO ENABLE ME TO LOOK AFTER ORPHANS AND WIDOWS.YOUR HELP IS VERY NEEDED, AS THEY DID ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST. ONE MAN CANNOT DO IT ON LESS WE COME TOGETHER.HOPE THROUGH GOD YOU WILL DO YOUR BEST TO HELP. PUT ME ON YOUR MAILING LIST, AND DO NOT FORGET ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. PASTOR MATTHEW ABLORDEY NEW COVENANT APOSTOLIC CHURCH POST BOX 549, HOHOE V.R. GHANA

  3. Jeff Shockey said:

    Great work you’re doing there, bro. Proud of ya.

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