Lost and without hope, an experience with Jesus Christ changed my life forever...
As a youth I lacked confidence and direction. I always sensed there was something more to life, but I didn't know what, or Who, that was. At an early age I started listening to Grunge and Metal music, and began to give myself to be a musician. I wholly embraced this music, and the lifestyle that accompanied it; drinking, drugs, rebellion and immorality. I found escape from the meaninglessness of life in drugs and I found expression for my frustration and rejection in music...but it was all temporal, and I was always left with the same problem; me.
Through the course of time I formed a band and began dreaming of playing music for life, until one destiny defining day I was kicked out of my own band. Angry and dejected I began to search the local music stores for "Guitarist Wanted" adverts, until I stumbled across a "Christian Metal" band looking for a guitarist. Never being interested in religion, but desperate to play guitar, we organised an audition. They invited me into their band, citing one condition...I'd attend their church. So here I found myself, a long-haired, pot smoking, irreligious, immoral teen sitting in a Holy Ghost filled Pentecostal church!
10 months passed by of faithful church attendance, but no surrender. I had my band and my immoral life, why surrender to this God? I had so many questions and so many doubts, but that all changed one Sunday morning. Lost and without hope, an experience with Jesus Christ changed my life forever...in a song service I experienced the presence of the living God, something beyond words and something I had never known before. From that moment, every question and doubt no longer mattered because I had met the God of the universe, I had met the Son of God, Jesus Christ. I willingly surrendered to Jesus Christ and was saved!
God began to change me and deliver me from my addictions, He began to transform my mind and my heart. I discovered the truth of 2 Corinthians 5:17; "...if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation..."
I have now been married 14 years, have 4 wonderful children, and have had the privilege of pioneering for 5 years in Western Sydney, NSW, Australia.