Bob Tellier, Founder
Bob went home to be with Jesus October 27, 2010.
Prior to becoming involved with stone, I was a public school teacher for 16 years, having received my
Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1964 and my Master of
Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1965.
In 1981, I decided to leave teaching, and since I had no plans for the future, I spent the next few months
contemplating what I might do for work. My "baptism" in stone began during the summer of 1981 when I
decided to construct a fireplace and chimney on the gable end of my home. I had always been fond of
stone for its durability and its natural beauty. It did not matter what kind of stone - granite, marble, slate,
limestone, and fieldstone - it was all beautiful in my eyes! Following the building of my home in 1971, I
had gathered and used various pieces of granite for landscaping. I had not, however, used the
combination of stone and cement together.
What I had thought would be a one-year project turned out to be a five-year endeavor and
became (unknown to me at the time) a spiritual journey. In essence, a pilgrimage that would result in a born again experience
What had begun as a fireplace and chimney became a labor of love
and my interpretation of the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist.
Since I was a boy, I had learned that there was a God. As I entered my adult life, however, my belief in God waned
and grew cold; I became polluted by the world and its trappings. I began serving the god of this world - money and
sin. No longer did I acknowledge the God of my youth, insisting instead that there was a force whose name I knew
not. I would not even whisper His name, that name that was so close to me in my youth - Jesus.
For the first two years on this project (1981-83) I remained adamant toward God. I had stopped going to church,
knew nothing of the bible, was not praying nor worshipping Him in any way. I am so grateful that he did not give
up on me as I did him!
In mid-1983, I began to experience a thirst for truth, and a stirring in my spirit that I had
not felt before. Time and again I began to feel His presence, a whisper in my heart, a
beckoning to return to Him. I remember the day I finally acknowledged who was tugging at
my heart. It was Jesus! I asked him to forgive me, to come and live in my heart, and to
guide me and take control of my life. I did not realize at that time what the magnitude of
that request would be! I humbled myself before him and asked that he create in me a new
heart. I felt a fire kindle in my heart that would continue to burn for this Living God. The
first thing I did was to begin to study the Holy Scriptures and I came to believe that these
writings are the inspired Word of God. I began to proclaim the Word, to defend the Word,
and to obey the Word. Even my stonework on the chimney took on a different look to what
it had been the previous two years. It began to be more orderly and not so abstract. The
point of no return is marked by a granite "spur" that protrudes
out of the rear wall. It symbolizes my voice crying out for truth, as did the Baptist when he cried out in the wilderness
I had finally found the truth! It rested within that 33 year old man from a small town in Israel - Jesus of Nazareth!
At one point during the second year of construction, I wanted two family names inscribed on the windowsill in the chimney. I hired a
monument man to do the job and when I saw how he wrote in stone, I hired him two more times and asked if he would show me how
it was done. He then gave me a homework assignment and instructed me to cut out a rubber stencil, glue it on the stone and,
using his tools, a compressor and sandblaster, to cut the words into the stone. Thus I had acquired the skill of writing in stone.
Little did I know how valuable this skill would become and how God would have me use it.
In September 1986, the capstone, the largest and heaviest stone in the project (3.5 tons), was put into place
25 feet above the ground. The "Baptist" was finally finished after five years of work. Soon after, I called upon
some friends to come and help me remove the wooden staging. I remember standing before the structure one day and
asking in my spirit, "What now Lord?" I had no work ahead of me, nor did I know what I was to do. The answer was
given to me immediately and the answer was, "You ain't seen nothing yet!" I became somewhat nervous at this
revelation for I knew not what it meant. As I pondered over the revelation, I finally understood its meaning. If
the chimney symbolized the "Baptist" who was the forerunner of Christ, who then should be symbolized on the
hill (a short distance away) but Christ himself?
During the following year, 1987, my wife and I journeyed to Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land for a 10-day
pilgrimage. Upon returning my vision had taken shape and, together with a fire burning in my spirit, I began in earnest
to prepare the site where the "Christ" should be erected - some 200 yards from the "Baptist". Thus began the second and
final "sculpture" of my life. One would represent John the Baptist and the other, the Christ, and I would write the
Word of God upon them both.
I have selected the title "ECCE HOMO" (Behold the Man) for the name of this "sculpture" of the Christ. The translation
of this Latin phrase is found in the gospel of
I have found many artists through the centuries who have painted or carved this scene of Pontius Pilate presenting Jesus
to the mob and have entitled it Ecce Homo. We have chosen this same title as our depiction of the Christ, but in stone.
Since I began construction in 1987, the vision has truly become my mission and the plan is to
follow the mission to the end! Laborers from the body of Christ are helping with the work. To me,
the real beauty of this mission is that 90% of the stone being used is rejected stone,
salvaged from the scrap piles at the quarries. Rejects, just as we once were, who now toil on this project for the
glory of God. (Mark 12:10
"A man's reach was meant to extend beyond his grasp." (Robert Browning, 1855) I believe that, "Each of us was conceived in our
mother's womb because there's something God wanted done that only we could do - the way we could do it!" (paraphrase of
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen once said, "The tragedy in life is not what we suffer, but what we miss." I believe that to miss
Christ is to miss it all! Each of us has a star to follow. I am following the Star of Bethlehem. His name is Jesus!
Each one of our testimonies appears in
We can all compare and relate to the parable of the Prodigal Son as found in
I thank Jesus Christ every day for the sacrifice He made for me. He died in my place so that I could be set FREE from
my sin and from the bondage of "religion". HE IS MY ROCK AND MY FORTRESS AND MY REFUGE. AMEN!
-- Bob Tellier, 2002
May I never boast of anything, save the cross of the Lord.
My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.