Meet Our Ministers
Marty McKenzie worked in a very different field for over 27 years before becoming a full-time minister. Over a period of twelve years, he came to realize the call of God on his life to full time ministry. He began working with those in prison in 1997 while still working a full-time job. In 1999, he also began to reach out to those in nursing homes. Both of these led to the founding of His Love Ministries.
Marty believes that God wants him to reach those who are the “downcast” of society. These are the ones Jesus reached out to when He was on earth. He believes we need to reach as many people for Christ as we can in this day of no hope and no security. The only way we will change the world is one person at a time. We all need Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Marty lives in Savanah with his wife, Shelly, and has three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Erik Lancanilao was born in the south—the very southern part of the Philippines that is. When Erik first heard about His Love Ministries, his past caused him to be interested in prison ministry. He had been led down a dark path, and Erik says that he has real battle scars from the devil that should have ended his life. Being set free from a life of alcohol and drug dependency for about eight years now, he wanted to serve God who did this work in his life. He got involved in His Love Ministries in 2013 because of his compassion for people whom Jesus died for, and he wanted to bring the hope and healing of Jesus in places that HLM serves—places where most churches and other Christians don’t go and evangelize.
In serving others, we also serve God. Erik says, “I have written this verse in my heart, and it is our calling to set others free who are still in bondage and don’t have hope in Jesus. Luke 4:18— ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has appointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.’” Since he has been serving with HLM, Erik has seen God working in people’s lives, changing them and saving them. “I love what I do in HLM. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Thank you for being a part of the ministry of Jesus Christ; one day at time, one service at a time, we are spreading the gospel of Jesus who desperately needs hear about God’s love. Let us do unto others what has been done for us.”
Erik has called Savannah his home for over 26 years. God has blessed him with his wife of 17 years, Guen, and their beautiful daughter Mikayla.
Ronnie Nichols is a Savannah native and full time pastor with His Love Ministry. He has a Bachelor of Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary and received his ordination from Effingham Baptist Church in 2002. After struggling with and ignoring the calling of Christ on his life by pursuing a career in the corporate world, he has finally yielded to the relentless call of God and has found his place working with broken people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, those in the midst of a mental health crisis, troubled youth, and those confined.
“For the past four years I have been honored and privileged to work for His Love Ministries sharing the love of Christ in a local drug, alcohol, and mental rehabilitation facility with some very broken folk. You never will be closer to the pulse and heartbeat of Christ than you will sharing His Love with those who are crying out from the dark. It is a privilege to work with Marty and his staff in our efforts to reach those the world has forgotten for Christ”
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)
After being saved at the age of 27, God placed two passions in Brandon Beard’s heart: a love for reading and studying God’s word and a desire to spread the Gospel to anyone who would listen. Two years later he was introduced to Marty Mckenzie and was drawn to HLM’s commitment to the Word of God and spreading the Gospel to all people, no matter their ethnicity, age, sex, or economic status. Brandon has been with HLM since 2014 and now presents the Gospel message six days a week, bringing the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ to the patients and staff of Georgia Regional Hospital and Coastal Harbor adult facility.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16