Who We Are
What We Do
The vision that became
Living Epistles Ministries was initiated by the Lord Jesus Christ one day
in the Fall of 1987, when the Lord Jesus Christ asked Sheila Vitale, the
Pastor, Teacher and Founder of Living Epistles Ministries, if she would
teach His people.
Pastor Vitale was
driving from a church service to the house of friends who had invited her
for dinner, when she spoke to the Lord about her need for mature teaching.
Where is the church that will satisfy me? she asked, and,
much to her surprise, the Lord answered, saying, Will you do it?
At that time Pastor
Vitale was traveling 2-1/2 hours to work in Manhattan, and 2-1/2 hours
back, 5 and sometimes 6 days a week. In addition, Pastor Vitale
had been chronically ill since she was 12 years old, and was a physically
weak and sickly person. In view of Pastor Vitale's circumstances at the
time, it is understandable that she respectfully declined, saying,
Lord, how can someone in my condition, who does not
know, from day to day, whether they will be able to get up and go to work,
make a commitment to study and teach on a regular basis?
in the Fall of 1987, the Lord approached Pastor Vitale again, and this
time Pastor Vitale submitted saying, if You
want me to do it, Lord, I will try.
The initial meetings were
casual and the ministry spontaneous. The first prepared message, The
Truth About Witchcraft, was delivered by Pastor Vitale in January
of 1988, and the second prepared message, The Seduction Of Eve,
was preached on March 12, 1988. Pastor Vitale then began to teach, weekly,
beginning with Evil Children, which was brought forth under
the anointing of the Holy Spirit on March 20, 1988. Eventually, the
meetings increased to two, and then three, each week.
Pastor Vitale had moved in
the Office of Prophet for several years before she began to teach, so now
she was a Prophet and a Teacher of Apostolic Doctrine.
She did not
begin to move in the Office of Pastor until 1992, however, when she returned from
her first trip to Africa, where the Ministry of the Evangelist was birthed
in her. Pastor Vitale has been training as a Pastor under the strong hand
of Christ Jesus since 1982, and will continue to be a disciple of the Lord
Jesus Christ until such time as she accurately reflects His nature.
What We Do
Living Epistles Ministries
is a teaching ministry which dispenses free Christian literature to
the Body of Christ (our literature may be viewed or printed from the
internet, free of charge), and free audio cassettes through the
establishment of lending libraries in the United States, Africa, Europe
and various other geographic areas.
Living Epistles Ministries
more than 20%
of its 2007 income, in the form of tithes and free-will offerings,
to various ministries that provide food, clothing and medical treatment to
the poor and needy, and to organizations that support Christian principles
and defend the Constitution of the United States. A list of the recipients
of Living Epistles Ministries' Tithes and Offerings is posted to the LEM
Hard copies of Living
Epistles Ministries' Published Books and Transcripts, and LEM audio cassettes,
are available for a nominal donation. To order, please visit the
LEM Order page.
About Pastor Vitale
Prior to Pastor Vitale's
initiation into the Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, she spent five
years studying under an anointed Deliverance Minister who supported her
during many difficult times. He taught her many things, including how to
pray and cast out demons.
Pastor Vitale has been the recipient of
Deliverance Ministry, the program that the Lord Jesus
provided during that period of her life, to save her from premature death.
Three curses of death were broken over her life.
Pastor Vitale fought her
last battle with premature death in 1990, when she was hospitalized for 3
months. No one thought that she would survive, BUT JESUS...
Pastor Vitale was delivered
from an incurable disease in 1991, and has been healing, spirit, soul and
body, ever since. Today, Pastor Vitale maintains a heavy work schedule,
teaching, preaching, translating, ministering prophetic and personal
counseling, and evangelizing. Pastor Vitale also oversees the LEM
Transcribing, Editing and Translating Teams, as well as the overall operation of Living
Pastor Vitale's Testimony
I was born a Jew, of
secular Jewish parents. There are no Christians in our family. I attended
an orthodox Hebrew school as a child, where I was encouraged to attend
synagogue on Shabat. I did not know what was happening to me, but I would
cry throughout the whole 3-hour service. I did not understand the Hebrew
prayers, but the melodies were so beautiful, it was almost too much for me
to bear. I wanted God so much.... my mother let me light Shabat candles,
and I would cry out of my soul to God with all of my strength.
I wanted to understand the
Scripture so badly. I asked and asked, until my father finally took me to
the Jewish book store and bought me a Bible. I was devastated, however, to
find out that the Scripture made no sense to me at all.
Shortly after that, at 12
years old, I became very ill and almost died. I left Mt. Sinai hospital in
New York alive, but was chronically ill for years thereafter. I begged my
parents to send me to yeshiva. My mother went from yeshiva to yeshiva, but
could not find one that was affordable, so I went to public school. I
stopped attending Hebrew school, but never forgot about that wonderful
feeling that had touched me in the Young Israel of Tremont, in
the Bronx, New York. I did not know that I had been touched by God.
To make the story short, I
suffered with infirmities for many years. I went to all kinds of
synagogues: Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed... I was so desperate to find
that feeling again that I looked for God everywhere, even in church, but
He was not in church either. I still wanted to understand the Scripture,
but had no idea how to pursue that desire, and eventually that desire
took a back seat in my life.
Years later, while I was
still suffering from infirmity and from many problems in my life, I was
invited to a church service where I was happily surprised to hear a man
teaching the Scripture. I started to attend church regularly and to
read the Bible, but still could not understand a word that I was reading,
especially when I read the Prophets. I would not give up, however, and forced
myself to read several chapters a day.
After about six months,
while I was reading the Scripture, a vision appeared in my mind, of a very
large angel. He had one foot on the water, the other foot on the land, and was waving his right arm at Heaven. I had absolutely no idea what this
meant, but from that day forward, I started to understand the Scripture.
Soon, thereafter, I realized that I was dissatisfied with what I was
being taught in church, and started to study the Hebrew Scripture, one word at a
I spent approximately
eighteen years pouring over reference books which enabled me to study the
Scripture in Hebrew, one word at a time, and praying over each word, sentence
and spiritual concept that I could recognize. At the
time, I was only seeking God for the improvement of my health and my life,
in general. I had no intention of becoming a teacher. I just wanted to
stay alive long enough to see my daughter grow up, and pouring through the
Hebrew and Greek texts seemed to be keeping me alive.
What I was learning,
however, sounded nothing at all like what was being taught in the Church.
On the contrary, I was criticized severely and called a heretic by many.
But I knew that the wonderful presence that had touched me in my early
childhood was with me. I prayed fervently that God would deliver me if
what I was learning was coming from an unholy influence, but the wisdom
kept coming, and I developed (what I now understand to be) a system of
wisdom and knowledge that the Lord calls The Doctrine of Christ.
God bless you.
Sincerely in Christ,
Sheila R. Vitale
Pastor, Teacher & Founder
Living Epistles Ministries
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