I accepted Jesus when I was 12 years old; however I did not grow up in church. I began attending church when a friend invited me to a children’s event around age 10. Looking back now, I can see this was the start of God beginning a great work within my family. I remember going to church off and on with my friend, and eventually my mom began attending as well. The church we were attending went through a transition, bringing a new Pastor, which eventually led to my mom, sister, and I beginning to attend regularly.
Over a period of time, I began attending Sunday gatherings as well as Sunday School and midweek children’s program where I began to learn about Jesus. Eventually during Vacation Bible School, I accepted Jesus as my savior. I now watch my son, who is six, beginning to learn through AWANA and other programs, and cannot help but think about how vital it was for me to learn and memorize the Bible when I was young. I was blessed with parents who even though were not saved at the time, raised my sister and I well. This proved to be a great foundation to build on once we started learning the Bible and following Jesus.
My dad did not initially attend church with us, and I remember him not wanting anything to do with it. However, God did a great work there, and it did not take long for him to begin attending with us and eventually accept Jesus as well, with my entire immediate family. This was one of the coolest transformations I have seen, as we watched God change my dad and my entire family. I look back and am thankful for the simple invitation from a friend (and his family supporting him to encourage his friends to come to church), as well as the volunteers at church who eventually helped lead me to Jesus.
I did not graduate High School planning to be in ministry; however, God had a bigger plan. I am able to serve God as a Production Director every day, and it is awesome being a part of God moving here at The River. God allows me to take my skills in technology and use them to help further the Gospel, and I pray that I can continue to keep my focus on Him through serving. It has been a blessing to watch my parents and sister serve over the years, and watch God change those around us. My parents have created a great legacy to follow; all pointed towards Christ. I have not seen anyone work harder than my parents, which has helped point me in the right direction over the years. I am now blessed with a family of my own, a wife who loves to serve, and a son who is eager to learn about Jesus.
One of my favorite verses is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengths me.” This simple but powerful verse reminds me whom my strength comes from each day as I strive to serve Him.