About Us

Hello, our names are Dwayne and Jannett Spearman, and we are the founders of Building Lives International and also the owners of Spearman Artisanry which are located in Lynchburg, VA. Our desire is to use the resources the Lord has given us to minister to others. 

Dwayne was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina and raised in Greenville. He was licensed to the ministry in 1991 and ordained in 2001. He has a professional teaching license from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) in Bible with an endorsement in History, holds a Th.B. in Bible, an M.A.T.S. in Theological Studies, a Ph.D. in Advanced Biblical Prophetics, and served with the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman with Lima Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines. He has over thirty years of ministry experience nationally and internationally, and currently serves a Regional Recruiter for the Network of International Christian Schools, pastors a home church, maintains a blog and podcast ministry,  serves other ministries in the areas of guest speaking, conferences, and revivals as the Lord provides opportunity. He and Jannett also served as missionaries in Guatemala and Mexico, and Peru. 

Jannett was born in Esteli, Nicaragua. She and Dwayne met in high school in New Orleans, LA. She holds an A.S. in Computer Electronics Engineering and both a B.R.E. and an M.R.E. in Religious Education. In 2013, after our return from serving as teachers in Lima, Peru, she decided to open a fair trade boutique in downtown Lynchburg. The Lord has blessed the venture and we now have two locations in Lynchburg. 

We have two sons named Dane and Brandon who attended Liberty University here in Lynchburg, Virginia. Dane lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he works as a studio graphic designer, and Brandon lives with his wife, Madi, in Mooresville, North Carolina where he serves as a police officer and a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves.