Before: Your life before you knew Christ
Before you came to Christ, where were you spiritually? How did that affect your life in general? I was mostly dependent on my parents and grandparents about everything spiritual. I grew up in church but had questions which they, especially my dad, helped me answer.
Before you became a Believer, what were some ways God began drawing you to Christ? Always being exposed to opportunities to serve others, old and young in the churches I grew up in. I remember being drawn to go with my dad on nursing home visits or to see people in the hospital and feeling like even as a young boy, I was helping them.
How: Your conversion
What motivated you to invite Christ into your life as Lord and Savior? I knew that I needed to accept Christ publicly. I knew about Christ all my life but knew I needed to make that statement so that my friends and other people IO came into contact with would know why I did things a little differently from some of my friends.
Specifically, how did you come to Christ, receive His forgiveness, and submit to His Lordship? I accepted the Lord when I was 9 years old. I walked the aisle on Palm Sunday at the First Christian Church in Slaton, TX where my dad was the pastor. I was overwhelmed at the joy of knowing the Lord as my Savior and even at that young age, it brought me to tears. I spent most of my years after that trying to share the love of Jesus with everyone. I made mistakes and still do but I am thankful for a God who loves me in spite of all I have done.
If a church played a part in your conversion, how did you come in contact with that congregation? Who and what do you remember from your first visits? As I said earlier, I grew up in church. My dad was a pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) until he left the ministry during my junior year in high school. I wondered away from the Lord for a few years after high school. When I was discharge from the Navy in 1980, I started attending church with my mom at South Hills Christian where I met and later married my wife. She helped me in my walk. We left that church shortly after our son was born and we found out he was blind. I went through a period of being angry with God and church in general. The Lord brought me through that time and led us to a small non-denominational church for several years until we came to Wedgwood.
After: Your new walk with Christ
What changed in your life after you accepted Jesus as your Savior? I was young but I felt that I needed to behave in a way that was set apart from a lot of my friends, not better just different. I stood up for the less fortunate and less gifted people around me. I was drawn to the church, whether meeting with the local body or going to activities such as church camp.
How did knowing Christ change the way you define your life? I think I have known since an early age that I am not of this world. I live here but my calling is to a higher purpose, trying to know and somehow understand the gift I have been given of eternal life though an awesome Savior.