Our Story

You can count on CTA to provide caring reminders of Christ's love and Christ-centered celebratory gifts for all your ministry needs. At CTA we celebrate the ministry in every moment.

A large part of what we do is create materials that extend the ministry moment.

Long after the women's or men's retreat is over, your guests will revel in Christ's personal love as they continue reading the devotion book you sent home with them. You may have led a counseling session or visited a hospital bedside weeks ago, but still today somewhere, a pocket coin held tightly reminds someone of a Scripture promise. Whether it's the big Christmas Eve service or a Sunday school class, the ministry continues.

We know that the meaningful connections you establish in ministry are significant, and our role is to support you in all you do to strengthen and expand Christ's kingdom.

Our Vision

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's Charitable Giving

At CTA we tithe a portion of our net income to select Christian ministries that share the love of God by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the people. Each purchase made by our CTA Friends actually supports even more ministry moments as a result.

These are some of the organizations we've supported:

African Vision Of Hope

Feed My People of Jefferson County

Compassion International

Embrace a Village

Concordia Seminary

CRU

Mercy Ministries

Strong Tower Ranch

Restore St. Louis (RSL)

The Freedom School

Unconventional Business Network

My Life Medical Center

CTA's History

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 dedicated all their efforts to the business throughout 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 was located in their basement. Steve and Diane listened to their customers, unveiling and adding 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, which was 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 retired. 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.

Since the beginning, a purchase from CTA acts like a pebble dropped into still water, making waves of difference. The first wave happens in the ministry of the buyer, but CTA tithes from our profits, using that money for charitable giving and creating a succession of waves that make a difference in lives across the globe.

We pray that as we continue to partner with our customers, our CTA Friends, we will bless them with products and resources to equip them for their ministries, sharing the Gospel of Jesus and celebrating the ministry in every moment.

CTA--Making Ministry Moments Easier

  1. Christ-centered messages

When you give CTA gifts, you’re sharing a Scripture-based, Christ-centered message that brings God’s Word into the lives of others.

  1. Exclusive gifts & ministry resources

CTA gifts and resources are designed and created by the CTA staff, specifically with your ministry in mind.

  1. Trusted content

You can preview all of the books on our site to reassure yourself that CTA content shares the Good News of Jesus, is well written, and works for all denominations.

  1. Digital ministry-support materials

Take your presentation one step further and create and event or decorate with CTA’s digital downloads.

  1. Premium quality

We strive to provide quality products with purpose. All children’s items are Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act compliant. Products intended to hold food or drink are food safe, certified to comply with FDA regulations and Prop. 65, as well as dishwasher and microwave safe, unless otherwise noted.Every product is inspected to ensure quality. Most products are designed exclusively for CTA customers!

  1. Value pricing

Our products are affordable, Scripture based, and convey messages of faith. We strive to have products that will fit everyone’s budget.

  1. We stand behind our products 100%

We want you to be absolutely delighted with your purchase. If you aren’t satisfied with your order, our friendly Customer Advocates will take care of you. Simply e-mail CustomerService@ctainc.com or call 1-800-999-1874.

 

Letter from the CEO

Dear Friends,

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!

Blessings,

Terry Knoploh

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