We met in church, where my father was the Pastor, and married in 1994. Desiree was a single mom with a small child, and I became a husband and father on the same day. I quickly adopted my son. We were blessed with another son, and life would be good for many years. We had the privilege of pastoring a church in Flagstaff, Arizona, and accepting an Assistant Pastor job in Gallup, NM. During this time, we would suffer one of the greatest blows to our lives and my faith. My father, my example, sounding board, spiritual leader, and life teacher, would commit suicide and take his own life. I wish I could say that I leaned on the Lord at this news, but tragically, I am deeply saddened to say it would derail my life and ministry for many years. Our marriage would suffer massive strain because of the extreme sorrow and selfishness I held on to. This sadly led to me walking away from my family, the church, and the calling of God. At the lowest point in my life, having felt like I failed God, my family, and the calling of God and forfeited everything, I would receive a word from the Holy Spirit that would change everything. As I looked at myself in the mirror, I heard these words: "You don't belong here. Run back to your wife and Me.” I fell on my face and cried out to God in repentance. God, nor my wife, had to forgive me, but they did. It was only because of the grace and mercy of God and the power of forgiveness that God would heal and restore our marriage, family, and calling. Several years later, God would lead us to Legacy Church. We instantly felt at home and began to serve with revived passion and gratitude. Through that, I now have the privilege of being part of the Pastoral Care Team. We are eternally grateful for Legacy Church, Pastor Steve, and the truth that God is a God of another chance!
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