In 1965, Full Life Crusade was founded out of necessity. It began when Wesley Smith, a 26-year-old school teacher from Flint, Michigan, began leading many of his students to the Lord. These students began taking the good news of Jesus Christ into the streets. Wes rented a store front building where they could all meet along with other adults for Bible studies. He began to feel God calling him to preach the gospel. He married soon afterward and started financially supporting his father-in-law, George Clérié, who was a pastor in the country of Haiti. Pastor Clérié had been preaching and pastoring in Haiti for 30 years, starting 14 churches, 5 schools, and leading nearly 10,000 people to Christ. When he died, Wes quit his job and began taking groups of people to Haiti to expose them to the needs there. These were the simple beginnings of Full Life Crusade.