I was raised in a Protestant Church, but during my teen years I felt that I knew how to live better and I walked away from God to follow my own desires.This led me to a path of depression and substance abuse.
I struggled for years with a void feeling in my soul that was left from not having Jesus in my life, but all the while my family prayed for me. At age 35, the Lord answered their prayers and spoke to me: I was to become the man that God wished of me, and that meant I had many changes to make.
Thanks to Jesus, I put down the drugs and began to read the Bible. After some time and prayer, God brought me to this Church to see you, and your bright, smiling faces. Over the years I have looked toward our example in Jesus, and worked to grow in a personal relationship with God.
I lead our Road to Recovery program, a Christian-based, 12-step program and look to give back to others what Jesus has freely given me.
My favorite Bible passage is, “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26).
I live with my daughter, Maizi, who is pursuing a college degree. My parents live in town and attend Christ Church as well. An older brother lives in Amesbury, Mass., and my sister lives in Weston, Fla.