I did not have any godly influences in my life growing up. I didn’t know about God or even if there was one. My entire life was a constant battle with anger and depression that led me down a path of drug and alcohol abuse. One morning after an all-night drug binge I rode by a local church and saw people standing outside smiling, hugging, and happy to be alive. I thought to myself, “I want what they have”. Shortly after that God began to deal with my heart in a way I had never known. He began to show me I needed drastic change. I then had a near death experience that confirmed it was time for that change. On October 6, 1998, I found myself on the altar surrendering my life to Jesus Christ.
For the first time ever, I began experiencing some of that peace and happiness I had longed for and seen in others. God was definitely working in my life but it wasn’t long before I began to feel heaviness in my heart. It was as though the Lord wasn’t responding. Then one day I came across Isaiah 58:10-12, and that’s when God spoke to my heart and said, “if I would spend myself on behalf of the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then the Lord would guide me and satisfy my needs”. I felt the call on my life and His awesome promise to bless my life and satisfy my needs if I would help to deliver others out of same bondage I was once held. The next few years I worked several secular jobs waiting on the Lord to open a door. A position finally opened up and I took the position and became a youth pastor. This led me to also serving and volunteering with men and women suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.
In January 2003, I accepted a position in full time ministry as the Men’s Director at The Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center. There was such a great sense of satisfaction to see Isaiah 58 being fulfilled in my life, and for the Lord to use my struggles to literally deliver hundreds of men and women out of addiction.
After 12 years of service there, God began to deal with me again and I felt as though a change was coming in my life. Early in August of 2013, I received a call about the position at Turning Point Foundation. I must admit I was apprehensive to leave a job after so many years of service, but as soon as I showed up on the Turning Point campus, God confirmed, “This is where I want you to go”. On August 19, 2013, I accepted the position as Executive Director here at Turning Point. It is with tremendous thanks and gratitude to the Lord that I am able to continue my pursuit of Isaiah 58, and continue “spending myself on behalf of the hunger, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed”!