Richie and Cheryl Kleinman have been in YWAM Chennai since 1985 and have disciple over 2000 young people. Both started off working on staff for the Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Chennai. Later on, Richie became the national Discipleship Training School (DTS) coordinator of India. In 1998 they pioneered the Beach Training Centre along with 15 staff. Today, under their leadership, the Beach Training Centre runs three training schools, The Discipleship Training School (DTS), the Ministry Leadership Development School (MLDS), and the School of Worship (SOW).
YWAM Beach Training Center was born in the hearts of Richard and Cheryl Kleinman in the year 1995. Through a series of events the Lord clearly spoke through different people, circumstances and prayer about discipling at a higher level. After which both of them went for further training to Denver, USA, to later pioneer the first Discipleship Training School (DTS) and Ministry LeadershipDevelopment School (MLDS) in Kottivakkam with a team of 15 people in January 1998. Since then over 500 young people have been transformed, trained and released into ministry around the world through the Discipleship Training School (DTS),Ministry Leadership Development School (MLDS), and School of Worship (SOW).
In 2003, the leadership began to feel the Lord prompting them to run a School of Worship. Since we were all novices in this area we wrote around the world to different YWAM bases asking for assistance to get the school of the ground and running. A base in Spain offered to help us run a three week seminar. The response was overwhelming as 35 students showed up to learn about worshipping God. Since then there has been 4 more full length schools which have transformed the lives of those who attended. In the future, we would like to see schools like the SBS Core Course, Introduction to Biblical Counseling, School of Administration, School of Intercession, evening worship seminars, and evening Discipleship Training School (DTS) courses to be apart of our center and community.
Beach Training Centre is committed to helping people from all denominations, nationalities, age groups and background grow emotionally, spirituality and relationally, recognizing that people will play a variety of roles throughout their lives. Beach Training Centre’s objectives are to help edify, encourages, renew, strengthen and unify people in their commitment to God and missions. Beach Training Centre is dedicated to helping people experience life to its fullest as God intended them to do and equipping them to become a vital part of their churches and communities by igniting a spark in their hearts for Missions.