Reignite Palm Springs is an Apostolic and Prophetic Church, and as such believes in the full restoration of the Five-fold ministry of the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers, and that all five offices are vital to the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:12).
We are also the only Pentecostal/Charismatic church in the Palm Spring area that is Open and Affirming to the LGBTQI community. We are a Covenant Network church, and the “Flagship” church of Reignite Ministries International, Inc. (RMI).
Sunday mornings at 10 AM| Palm Springs LGBT Center in the Desert | 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 201 (Room 4), Palm Springs, CA 92262.
Sunday Morning Services RMI is an Apostolic Network of the Covenant Network, and has a vision to establish affirming Christian churches from Anchorage, Alaska to Guadalajara, Mexico, and into South America and the world.
Vounteerism is the lifeblood of The Center. Accordingly, with this week’s newsletter, we are adding a feature profiling those who give so generously of their time and talent to insure the success of our mission. We’re starting with several of our program instructors and will soon follow with visits of less visible – but no less appreciated – volunteers. The series is written by our Creative Writing workshop instructor, David Wallace.
Today we introduce Christopher Itai Cardona, host of our popular American Sign Language (ASL) series,
Itai (E-tie, a Hebrew name meaning “friendly,” and the name he usually goes by) hails from Springfield, Missouri, where he became interested in the sign language which accompanied hymn signing during worship services at the Pentecostal church he attended. Then, when he was 17, he was afflicted with a hearing loss (eventually cured with radiation surgery) during which he relied heavily on ASL, followed by a job working with deaf children in the local public schools. After graduating from Arkansas State University with a BS in Education, he earned a BA in Business Administration from Columbia College, and a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts (4.0 average from all of them). After receiving his MA, Itai then earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (and Doctor of Divinity honor) from a Pentecostal seminary. “I guess I was a professional student,” he laughs today.
He and his partner, Carlos Cardona, moved to California a few years ago where his first assignment was to present workshops for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf: "Interpreting in the Deaf/Gay Community," and "Interpreting for Palliative Care." “Several students recommended I teach at the LGBT Center, and I have been teaching classes here since,” he adds.
Itai, who also teaches university classes online and manages multiple residential properties locally, recently received a grant to study the effects of educators on the identity formation of fifth grade Deaf students in Southern California , and a scholarship to earn a post-graduate teaching certificate from Harvard. He is a member of the American Sign Language Teachers Association, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development, and Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society for educators.