I’m a 3 time convicted felon, I’ve been to prison 4 times, jail over 40 times and about 12 different drug treatments from age 17 to 28. I’ve spent about 61/2 years of my life incarcerated in some type of jail, prison or institution. In August of 2014 my drug dealer of all people gave me a Bible. I don’t know why he did it, but God is sovereign. Inside this Bible it said “to Jeff from Greg the first day of the rest of your life, read it, learn it, live it and forget the rest.” I started reading it and the Bible just came alive.
I ended up walking away from my old lifestyle, the drugs, the crime and God led me to a complete stranger’s front door step named Justin Whiteley and he ended up bringing me into his home. The first church I ever went to in my life was Crossway Baptist there in Springfield, Missouri under the best preaching, I would say, in the entire United States of America. It took a whole year for it to finally connect from my head to my heart but on November 14, 2015 at 7:50 PM, I fell under Holy Ghost conviction and Jesus saved me. About 2 months later He called me to preach and I spent the next 2 years just trying to figure out what it meant to be a preacher and what that looks like. I went to Omaha, Nebraska to help Freeway Ministries out as a ministry plant there with Rick Lechner. God just opened up that door for me. Since it was my background, I figured I would just start a recovery ministry with me having been in prison and having struggled with addictions. God delivered me from all that stuff.
I also filled out a resume to a church on the west side of Springfield where I used to sell meth 3 blocks up the road. Lo and behold I got a call back from them and went in for an interview. God orchestrated a lot of things and now I’m the new Pastor of Golden Avenue Baptist Church right there on the west side of Springfield in the same area where I where I caught all my felonies and where I used to sell drugs out of a trap house. I’ve been there for about 2 weeks now and have seen God move in a powerful way, people coming to faith and revival has broken out in the church. We’re looking forward to the future and what God has for me and my wife, Alicia and we’re just excited. That’s my story and you never know what God can do in a saved person’s life. So if you’ve never trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior I urge you to forsake this world and trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.