I was as a police officer for 17 years in metro-Detroit. Starting with a few social drinks, I became an alcoholic. This, along with my “choir boy” lifestyle, led me to a near divorce and financial bankruptcy.
A back injury resulting in sciatic nerve pain put me into the hospital. It was there that I shared my room with a “born again” Christian. This man truly lived his faith and that impressed me.
Religion always made me skeptical since I personally found nothing there. It seemed that the biggest hypocrites were “so called” Christians.
A minor surgical test resulted in nerve damage and additional paralysis and psychological depression.
I was curtailed during a suicide attempt and advised to seek chiropractic help that subsequently resulted in a complete recovery.
Upon return to full police duties, I was informed that Randy, a fellow officer, had become a “born again” Christian during my absence. His attitude had completely changed and this of course greatly interested me.
I shared my emptiness and guilt inside with Randy several months later. He told me that I needed Jesus Christ in my life.
A few days later I spoke with God at a very deep level. Pulling off the freeway, I began to weep and cry out to God. It was at that very moment that I believed in Jesus Christ and received Him as my Savior and my Lord. My life has not been the same since that day.
God put my family back together as Christ became the focal point. Financial troubles and alcoholism became things of the past. I discovered that through an intimate relationship with God that one can enjoy genuine peace and freedom from sin addictions.
For several years Randy discipled me in the things of God and we were able by God’s grace to accept persecution and isolation from fellow officers. God granted us many opportunities to share Christ with fellow officers and troubled citizens during the normal course of duties.
After 17 years of honorable service, I resigned from the police department. Lessons from a major business failure along with a move to northern Michigan began my groundwork for future ministries.
Training began as a Bible teacher, assistant pastor, then pastor of a local church whereby I was ordained and in 1985 accepted God’s call into local missions with Forgotten Man Ministries at the Genesee County Jail. There was a time when I was locking up people and hoping they would throw away the key; and now, I am able to share the key to genuine freedom, knowing God and Jesus Christ. This is eternal life. (John 17:3)