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Our History

Literature And Teaching Ministries (LATM) is an outgrowth of the ministry of College Press Publishing Company of Joplin, Missouri. Don DeWelt, beloved teacher and evangelist, founded College Press in 1959 to supply true-to-the-Scriptures Bible study textbooks.


LATM Staff

Karl 2021

Karl Halverson – Executive Director

Karl has served God in six states and in Kosovo. He is a graduate of OCC, LCU, CIU and Fuller Seminary. He and Jill have three children in college and one in 7th grade. He likes good coffee; sitting (outside preferably), thinking, and writing. Most of all, he likes to see Christians respond to God’s Spirit and let God use them to build his Kingdom. He hopes to see more of that as he works with LATM!

Jill 2021

Jill Halverson – International Project Director


Betsy Ragsdale – Administrative Assistant

Betsy Ragsdale joined the LATM team in 2014. She and her husband Lynn have 3 children and 9 grandchildren living in the Joplin area. Lynn and Betsy met at Lincoln Christian University and have spent the last 40+ years in ministries in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.

Board of Directors

Chris DeWelt


Publisher, College Press Publishing Company
Director of Intercultural Studies, Ozark Christian College

Marsha Relyea Miles

Director of Church Mobilization,
Pioneer Bible Translators

Carol DeWelt

Assistant to the Publisher, College Press Publishing Company

Jason Casey


Rick Cherok

Professor, Ozark Christian College
Executive Director, Celtic Christian Mission
Editor, College Press

Mike Schrage

Executive Director, Good News Productions, International


Statement of Faith

Literature And Teaching Ministries believes that the Bible is the full and final inspired Word of God and is infallible as an all-sufficient rule of faith and practice; in the deity and full authority of Jesus Christ; that faith in and obedience to Christ are essential for salvation. We also believe in the virgin birth of Christ, His atoning death on the cross, the bodily resurrection, the final judgment, and a literal heaven and hell as taught in the Bible. We believe in the divine origin and character of the Church. We are committed to the restoration of New Testament teaching, principles and practices.