Ernie, a native Texan, and Merrilyn, a New Zealand Kiwi, met in Australia shortly after Ernie’s discharge from the US Navy during the Viet Nam war. In short order Ernie got saved, they got engaged, Ernie got filled with the Holy Spirit, they were married, and headed off to Bible College in Melbourne.
After Bible College, they served as missionaries for two years in Papua New Guinea before returning to the USA via Australia and New Zealand. Ernie completed his BA in theology and they were sent to South East Asia for another stint as missionaries.
They served in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Visa difficulties closed the door, and they returned to the US to found a new church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. After 8 years of ministry there, the Lord called them to Vancouver, to become the senior pastors of a large church. Upon leaving that church, God opened the door to great possibilities. A faithful group connected with the Culley's and thus was born the Agape Life Center (now called Ahava Life Centre). God is opening doors for more missions work.
Ernie and Merrilyn have two sons, two daughter-in-laws and nine grandchildren. Life's journey has filled them with wisdom and knowledge.