“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you—But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
My testimony is more of a testimony of my faith and walk in Christ than a testimony of how I got saved. My mother became a Christian after a viewing of Jesus Christ Superstar, and began taking me to church when I was 3. I have had the sheer benefit of attending quality bible-believing churches since then, and have been the recipient of good teaching. By age 10, I was confident in my faith, and was baptized. I spent my elementary years in the Methodist Church, and Jr. High and High School in the Baptist Church—both were good experiences.
When I turned 17 and graduated, I learned to play the guitar, and with the Calvary Chapel movement came a new style of music and praise, and whole new style of worship was opened up to me. I never departed from my faith, though I did experience a few rough years while I tried to see just how far I could carry my freedoms with the Lord. My rebellions were tame by most standards, mostly culminating in an excessive amount of speeding tickets; but God is not mocked, and sin is sin, and He brought me back to a place of humility before Him, where I would continue my walk of faith.
I married my youth pastor’s niece at 24, and shortly into our marriage I began serving in ministry. I had never served in such an “official” capacity—as a youth leader with the High School group—though serving itself wasn’t new to me, having grown up in very ministry-minded churches. I served under a quality youth pastor, who encouraged me to hone my skills as a teacher, and I taught the kids weekly. I have continued to teach throughout the years in a variety of capacities, to all age groups, children and adults. The lessons He has brought me through-—often times as a trial by fire—have been great throughout the years as He continues to refine me and teach me, through His Word, through men, through my family, through His church. I love my Lord, passionately, and I consider it a joy to serve him in any way He chooses.
My desire is to bring the Word of God to people in a way they can understand it and apply it to their lives, and to make serving God a reality to be attained, as opposed to a standard that only few can fulfill (the “truly holy ones”). I believe in leading by example, and sharing as often as possible out of my own personal experiences, including my own shortcomings, as God has continued to do His work in me. A pastor is to be the “servant of all”, and in all things we are to “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God!” We are to be loving and gracious to those that do not know Him, while being lovingly honest enough to tell them the Truth.