MY STORY is one of Jesus’ love and power.
I am the youngest of eight children from Donald and Helen. I had such a great time growing up in such a large family. In Orange County, California we would be down at the beach or out playing frisbee somewhere. My nickname was “Dude” and once in a while someone in my family will call me that now. It reminds me of the innocence of growing up and the love that was always around my life. My father did not tell me that he loved me very often, but i knew he did. My brothers and sisters are still close to this day. My mom will be 79 in October 2012. She is an amazing woman who loves her family unconditionally. Growing up was an adventure, but It took extraordinary circumstances from an supernatural God to radically change my life:
My father died when I was fifteen, so I took to the streets of the Northside Riverside, and started playing ghetto games. During the day, I would go to high school and was class president for some of the years, but at night I was lost and trying to become a man, but I had no one to show me the way. I thought being a man was beating people up and demanding respect. By the time I was 24 I was addicted to alcohol, violence and drugs. I had multiple misdemeanor and felony convictions, and had no self respect or love for self. I was killing the pain of my fathers death by bringing pain upon others. JESUS rescued me while I was on my way to prison. JESUS moved me into a recovery home where I got the help needed and got clean and sober. I have been clean/sober since April 6, 1994! I was called into Christian Ministry while at the recovery home, and went off to Bible college and honored God by graduating with multiple honors and awards. I met my wife, Kelly, while in college and we have been married since August 9, 1997, with two marvelous children. I also have two outstanding sons that live in California and are a blessing to me and others. I have one Masters Degree and working on my second. I have been a youth pastor and have worked with teens in treatment centers in the Southwest over the past 15 years. Jesus took me out of the pit of despair and set me firmly on the Rock! I was lost but now am found. All Glory and Praise to the KING OF KINGS for completely and eternally changing my life!
JESUS has truly CHANGED MY LIFE!
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