The mission of CTA is to glorify God by providing purposeful products that lift up and encourage the body of Christ.
"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
The one thing that truly defines CTA is our call to share the Word of God from the Holy Bible--His Message. We at CTA want to spread His Message with unique, innovative and affordable products containing carefully selected Scripture passages that communicate God’s Word in a thoughtful, encouraging way.
We want to help you, our customers, be more effective in your mission to glorify God, as you share His Message in an impactful way.
Our vision at CTA is to see Christians highly effective in their ministries so that Christ's kingdom is strengthened and expanded.
What We Believe
CTA’s core purpose is to support you in your mission to shine the light of Christ in this world. We pray that our products will help churches, schools and individuals all over the world proclaim the Good News of God’s forgiving love in Christ. We believe these words from John 3:16 as truth:
God - the one, true God in three distinct persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit . . .
So loved the world - loved each human being, despite the fact that no one has deserved His love; all have rebelled against Him and broken His laws . . .
That he gave His only Son - completely as a gift of His grace without any merit or worthiness in us and apart from any good works any human being would ever do or could ever do. Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man, lived a perfect life in our place and died on the cross as our substitute, rising bodily from the dead and victorious over death . . .
So that whoever believes in Him - those who repent and believe the message of Christ Jesus and His cross receive the gift God's grace has provided in Christ. God has revealed this true plan for our salvation in the Holy Scriptures, His inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word.
May not perish, but have eternal life - God's gift of life begins here on earth, as his people respond to His love, growing in faith and service to our Lord, and it continues in heaven with our Savior after life on this earth ends.
CTA was founded by Steve and Diane Darr through both a dream and what first appeared to be a nightmare. Diane and Steve had often dreamed of starting a small business, as they had a heart to encourage volunteers and ministers in their work for the Lord. In the fall of 1990, Diane quit her part-time teaching position to start CTA and begin that dream. Then the nightmare came. Steve lost his job right before Thanksgiving of that same year. They quickly went from earning two incomes to no income. But God had a great plan.
They worked very hard and full time in the business all of 1991. However, the year ended with a substantial loss. They were distraught, financially drained, and questioning the wisdom of starting this new business. They prayed for God to give them guidance. In late spring of 1992, they decided to try a small test-mailing featuring their best-selling item (a lapel pin that had an apple and cross on it to encourage teachers), and they asked God to give them an answer through this mailing. If this mailing didn’t work, they were ready to return to the job market. Their prayers were answered with a terrific response to that mailing.
The first CTA office was a transformed bedroom in the Darrs’ home. The CTA warehouse consisted of their basement. Steve and Diane listened to their customers and unveiled and added new purposeful products with affordable prices for church and school budgets. When CTA products and supplies started taking over their home in 1994, it was time to move the business into a “real” office space. It was amazing to see the blessings that God showered on the business!
CTA has taken many turns and sustained much growth over the years. Steve and Diane always kept the company focused on the mission of CTA: To glorify God by providing purposeful products that lift up and encourage the body of Christ.
In December of 2009, Steve and Diane graciously sold CTA to its employees. This kept the business in the CTA family as Steve and Diane retire. We, the management team and employees, are committed to continuing the good work the Darrs began years ago. The vision behind our work is to see Christians highly effective in their ministries so that Christ’s kingdom is strengthened and expanded. We praise our Lord and Savior and give Him all the glory for the work at CTA. We pray that as we continue to partner with our customers, we will bless them with products and resources to equip them for their ministries as we all share the Gospel of Jesus and God’s forgiving love with our world—His Message.
Reasons to Order From CTA
CTA offers affordable, exclusively designed, Scripture-based products that convey messages of faith. We support you in your mission through Bible passages that bring God’s word into the lives of others. And we are dedicated to helping you be good stewards of your money.
The Message on our products matters.
- First we select key Scripture passages that illuminate God’s Word, placing His Message on carefully selected gifts, books and teaching resources.
- Second, His Message is embraced through your efforts to shine the light of Christ brightly in this world.
- Third, Your Mission is supported by CTA, helping you share your personal message in an impactful way, whether you are teaching, encouraging, evangelizing or saying thank you.
1. Great Service
We ship your order within 2 business days. Standard delivery may add 3-5 business days (total 5-7 business days).*
If you need it faster, please call 1-800-999-1874 and we will make every effort to make sure it's there when or before you need it. Our customer associates are available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST (Thursdays from 8:30 AM).
*For international orders delivery time may vary subject to customs and air travel time.
Our products are affordable, Scripture based and convey messages of faith. We strive to have products that will fit everyone’s budget.
We strive to provide quality products with purpose. Every product is inspected to ensure quality. Most products are designed exclusively for CTA customers!
4. Billing Option
For your convenience we accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Pay Pal. We also offer billing to your church or school. Please call 1-800-999-1874 for this option.
5. 100% Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee
Your complete satisfaction is our #1 Goal. You must be absolutely delighted with your purchase. If you aren't satisfied with your order, our friendly Customer Service team will gladly do whatever it takes to fix the concern.
Four Ways to Order
1. Online at www.CTAinc.com: We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Pay Pal. Our site is secure. We use the latest SSL encryption technology to ensure safe transmission of your personal data over the Internet.
2. By phone: 1.800.999.1874 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST Monday – Friday.
3. 24-Hour Fax Line: 1.800.315.8713
4. Mail catalog order form to address below:
PO Box 1205
Fenton, MO 63026-1205
Letter from the CEO
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website! Whether you are considering a purchase, looking for ministry ideas and support, or a prospective employee looking to learn more about us, we value you.
Here at CTA, it is our desire to help you, our fellow servants in Christ, to be more effective in your ministries. One thing that sets us apart from other companies is our desire to serve as your partner in ministry and provide easy, effective gifts and ideas for you. That’s why every product we sell is created for a specific ministry purpose with a message straight from God’s Word!
We are passionate about serving and encouraging. So let us know how we can help you!