Gene C.

Gene C.

from MO
Story #645
Before I had a relationship with Christ I went to church on occasion with my mom but found church to be a strange experience. I believed in God and prayed to Him but didn't understand why I needed Jesus. I was a very rebellious teenager and self identified with the biker gang life style. When I was 16 years old a group of ex-hells angels came to my school and discussed with us why they left the group and how they came to Christ.

They invited all of us to an old theater down town and my brother and I went. That night they explained the saving grace of Jesus and gave an alter call. My brother and I went down and accepted Christ that night. It was almost magical when I went down and accepted Christ and an experience I will never forget. It wasn't until I was in the military at the age of 24 that I agreed to be baptized. My wife and I decided to raise our children in church and found a healthy church to attend. At first church was still weird, however over time God grew me. I had always wanted to be successful and over the course of a 13 year career I climbed the corporate ladder to the top. What I found was that a big house and all the toys did not bring lasting joy, only serving God full-time for me was what brought lasting joy. My wife and I decided for me to leave my career, sell everything we had, and move to St. Charles, MO to start True Life Community Church. Starting a church is the hardest thing that I have done, but the most rewarding at the same time.

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