A Ministry for Professional Drivers

Founded in Ministry

Rev. Jim Keys founded Transport for Christ in 1951 with the goal of reaching professional drivers with the message of Jesus Christ. Jim gathered a team to travel throughout Ontario, where they ministered to drivers stopped along the highway. In time, they moved out of a car into a small modified step van that allowed drivers to visit with the team in private.

The mission expanded when large trucking companies gave chaplains time to present safety meetings at the terminals to reduce insurance rates. TFC leadership started to modify rigs to hold chapel services alongside the safety meetings. The first mobile chapel was commissioned in 1968.

As drivers from United States connected with TFC’s chaplains, they encouraged the ministry to spread south. Chaplains took tours of duty across North America, and an average of 120 truck drivers came to faith in Christ each year.

Robert Thompson, a truck stop owner near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania persuaded TFC to park a chapel permanently at his plaza in 1986. At that location, 150 drivers professed faith in Christ the first year. This move changed the way TFC did ministry. Christ-following truck stop owners and others who observed the decline in prostitution and crime at the truck stops requested a chapel and a chaplain team. In time, up to 42 truck stop locations across Canada and the US had chapels or held worship and Bible study in driver’s lounge.

Early in the ministry (1957), Rev. Keys created a mimeographed handout about the ministry, called The Highway Evangelist. This paper grew into a newsprint magazine entitled, Highway News and Good News. The magazine includes features of interest to drivers, including photos of antique trucks, Christian life features, and driver health. Each month, nearly 16,000 magazines are distributed by chaplains at truck stops and many volunteers take them to trucking companies or businesses used by truck drivers.

Truck drivers operate in most countries in the world, and Christ-followers around the world have contacted TFC to explore developing ministry to truck drivers. TFC partners with national ministries in Russia, Zambia, Paraguay, Tanzania and Brazil.

In 2010, TFC launched Exit 58 to raise awareness with drivers to the injustice of  human trafficking. Based on Isaiah 58:6, TFC and its chaplains help drivers repent of pornography use and point them toward resources to break the addiction. TFC also joined forces with Truckers Against Trafficking. Chaplains are regularly given training to watch for evidence of transporting men and women of all ages for labor and sex slavery, and chaplains also make drivers aware of the issue and instruct them where to report trafficking. TFC chaplains have played a part in several rescues.

In 2019, Transport for Christ rebranded as TFC Global, positioning the ministry to expand into several programs that will reach a greater community and provide a higher standard of care to the trucking industry.  TFC has also extended its global reach to include a ministry in Paraguay, South America.

Statement of Faith

TFC Global is a nondenominational organization which adheres to Biblical principles and is Christ-centered in all respects. We believe in the following seven articles of faith:

  1. We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of the lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. We believe God set apart the offices of pastor and elder for men. Therefore, TFC Global will only hire men and non-ordained women as chaplains.

Financial Review

It is important to our organization that we be transparent with our financial status as a ministry.