|Authors Biographical Information:|
|Children:||Matthew 17, Jonathan 15|
|College:||B.A. Bible & Theology, Miami Christian College|
over twenty-five years ago, when a young man in my early twenties, God led
a mature Christian into my life while I was working as an apprentice
electrician. Sensing my spiritual need Bill Johnson, the journeyman
electrician to whom I was assigned, shared the gospel with me over a
period of time while we worked together on the job. Not long after I made
a profession of faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized in Bill's church.
Bill, along with his wife Ginny, continued to minister to me after my
conversion by taking a genuine interest in my life and allowing me to
share in theirs. Their love and encouragement was a blessing from God for
which I am very thankful.
My first experiences of beginning to learn and grow in the Christian faith were in this same church then under the leadership of Pastor Robert Somerville. Pastor Bob, a man dedicated to the Word of God, counseled and encouraged me to approach every problem in life according to the principles given to us by God in the bible. Many of the verses of scripture I memorized and applied to my life years ago, while being discipled by Pastor Bob, are still providing me with strength and guidance . As clear as ever, even today as I write this testimony, I can hear Pastor Bob encouraging me with these words, “ I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
I want to take this opportunity to thank God for bringing these three people into my life to begin the good work of spiritual renewal and transformation which by the grace of God continues to this day. I would also like to express my gratitude and thanks to Bill, Ginny and Pastor Bob for their genuine love and concern for me and for their faithfulness to God in serving Him in the different places to which He has called them.
I have been married now for twenty years to my wife Cindy whom I met at Bible College and I am the father of two fine Christian young men, Matthew age 17, and Jonathan age 15. Again I have to thank God for one more blessing He has brought into my life in the person of my wife Cindy. Cindy has been a loving mother and wife who’s kind and caring spirit has blessed my life and that of our children. Her faithfulness to me in times of trial has demonstrated how valuable a treasure she is and has won my deepest loyalty. This past August we celebrated our twentieth anniversary at which time I etched these simple word’s on the tablet of my heart, “Friends Forever”. Thank you Cindy for your love and faithfulness.
After receiving my degree I went back to work in the electrical industry where I still find employment today. I have been an active member of the local church of which I have been affiliated for the past sixteen years teaching Sunday school, serving as Sunday school superintendent, and participating in evangelistic outreach efforts. I have also had the opportunity to serve the Lord with my electrical skills in Haiti for "Mission to Haiti" and in Bonaire for "Trans World Radio". I am very thankful for the local church to which God has led our family. Our Pastor, G. Richard Fischer, has served faithfully in this place for over thirty years. Pastor Fisher is also a man of God’s word who’s consistent teaching and application of Biblical truth have been a continued blessing to all of our lives. I would like to express my gratitude to Pastor Fisher and to all those in our local church family who have provided friendship, counsel, encouragement and support to me and my family over these years.
Standing Firm in the Grace of God