PPCF Leadership Team Testimonies
I started attending Mesa Hills
Bible Church in 1978 after the continual pestering of a very good friend.
Come and hear what the Bible has to say about salvation he would say. That
was in 1978 and my wife and I are still attending!
After being saved in that church I have had many positions including Secretary, Treasurer, Deacon, Chairman of the Deacons, Elder and currently Chairman of the Board.
As a child and into my teen years, I attended church with my family on a regular, weekly basis. Each Sunday I sat in Sunday school and heard the stories about the many well-known characters from the pages of the Bible. Also, as a child, I enjoyed school and especially anything that involved math and science. I recognized early on that my life experience would likely center around those subjects. During high school I took the normal science tract and thoroughly enjoyed the sciences of physics and chemistry along with college prep math. Thus, when I graduated from high school and went off to college, these studies formed the basis of my schooling.
But when I graduated from high school, I also graduated from church. I sensed early on that there was a disconnect between science and religion, especially when it came to classes like biology and earth science and their naturalistic view of life. While my church did not really preach much if anything about the good news of Christ, it also had no answers for me about the relevance of the Bible to science. Thus, it made sense for me to leave church behind --since it had no answers to give me.
Through college, a year of grad school and into my early work experience in fields of chemistry and material science, I continued doing the science I enjoyed and would only on occasion enter the doors of a church. If I would happen to attend a church service, it was usually to go with the intent to try and receive some type of encouragement from the various struggles, which I was experiencing. Sometimes I would leave with either a small measure of satisfaction that might last me for a few days -- but typically I would recognize that there was little that church could offer to me.
I reached a point of crisis -- at the age of 26, one Friday evening, around 9 pm, on November 19, 1976 -- in the front seat of my car on a street in Oak Park, IL. At that point my professional life was going well, but my personal life was a mess. My life was centered on meaningless activities and nothing of permanence. As I sat there, my prayer was not a typical prayer of faith about accepting Jesus as my Savior, but simply, “God if you are real, come into my life”. At that moment God did enter my life and many things began to immediately change for me.
The first thing I did was to obtain a Bible the next day and I began to read it, starting in Genesis, chapter 1. I immediately discovered that there were several things that I struggled with accepting as being factually true – things that I really did not believe could be factually true from those first several chapters of Genesis. The key verse that I simply refused to accept was Genesis 7:19 – which speaks of the Flood waters covering the highest mountains by 22 feet. Based on my uniformitarian beliefs (earth essentially the same before and after the Flood), I knew that there is not enough water for this to be physically possible. Thus, less than two days after making my decision to seek God, I was at a crossroads – should I try and believe what the Bible said or should I just chuck this Christian thing and move on.
For me, as a scientist, I knew that I needed to determine what is true and what is not. I knew that I needed to find out what was truly real -- God’s Word or the naturalistic science I had been taught. Through many prior encounters with one Christian man at work, I chose to seek him out for insight. He directed me to a Bible church that was teaching on this issue. As I sat and listened in class each week, I came to see that there were reasonable, scientific answers to many of my questions -- and I had many. These answers were given from the perspective that the Bible is indeed true, not just theologically true, but of key importance – God’s Word is factually true. The final decision point for me was during a seminar at the end of the class on a Saturday, May 13, 1977. There two teachers, Henry Morris and John Whitcomb, clearly outlined factual answers to many of the truths I was seeking.
If you were to ask me if I had been saved the previous November and if I would have received eternal life that Friday night in the front of my car, I would say absolutely yes. But if you were to ask me if Jesus was the Lord of my life at that moment in time, I would have to say no. Jesus became Lord for me when I accepted the truth that God’s Word could be trusted as being factually true those 6 months later. I needed to know that God’s Word expressed reality.
During these past 40+ years, along with the personal growth in my faith walk as a follower of Christ, I have continued to remain active in the area of Creation studies and apologetics. I have consistently practiced a regular outreach in Creation Apologetics -- both an ongoing role of teaching this subject and active discipleship in this area through by gift of teaching. Since moving in retirement to Colorado, Creation Apologetics is an area of ministry that I have sought to continuously remain engaged in. While I had initially struggled to get a ministry started locally since we moved here, this past fall I was involved in helping co-found the PPCF ministry here in Colorado Springs. I have the privilege of being a lead instructor for our group.
As I consider the importance of our outreach at PPCF, one area in which our ministry needs to provide an improved outcome is in the area of inter-generational discipleship. A significant problem that nearly every church has struggled with is the revolving door of young people leaving the church. Surveys indicate some 70+% leave (evangelical) our churches after high school. While some young people may eventually return like I did, many will not. This needs to and must change.
One clear goal for me is to provide answers to the questions that both young and older people have – questions taught as true by secular science, and which challenge the truth of God’s Word. I see the teaching of basic apologetic truth as a clear weakness and a significant failure within most churches. This is especially true when it comes to teaching the foundational truth of God as Creator. My personal passion is to change that.
Testimony coming soon...
My parents were Presbyterian and Roman Catholic. I was raised Roman Catholic, and I attended a Roman Catholic school for grades 5 through 8 and public schools for all other grades. I continued to be a Catholic until the early or mid 1980s.
In the 1980s, at an independent Bible church in SE Houston (the Clear Lake area), during a private conversation with that church's pastor, I asked the pastor what was “necessary and sufficient” for a person to get to heaven. He told me I must believe two things about Who Jesus is: He is 100% man and 100% God, and two things about what Jesus did: He died for my sins and He arose from the dead. Later that decade, at the same church, we had a weekend evangelism seminar by Larry Moyer of Evantell. He said the same things as the pastor and clarified that in the Bible “faith” and “believe” include what in common, conversational English is “trust”. I do not recall whether it was after the conversation with the pastor or a result of the seminar that I started to trust in what Christ did for my salvation. Key Bible verses: 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4, and Acts 16:31.
I've since served in various AWANA roles at that Houston church, at a church in Laramie (Wyoming) and at a church in Germantown (Maryland). I've taught junior high, high school, college and adult Bible classes at the Chinese Christian Church of Greater Washington DC and the Chinese fellowship at Heart of the Springs Church here in Colorado Springs. I'm currently a member of Vista Grande Baptist Church, where I'm an AWANA leader for the Journey (high school) class.
It was at the Houston church in the 1980s that the science and religion matter entered my consciousness. I've studied these matters quite a bit. I have for some time been convinced of the historical and scientific correctness of the whole Bible (not only of Genesis 1-11), and I believe these issues to be relatively important. But I recall a footnote in an international creation organization newsletter 5 to 10 years ago saying that a survey showed that between 40 and 50 percent of Christians who gave up on the historical and scientific correctness of the Bible first got into spiritual trouble. Thus studying the Bible for the purpose of knowing God more and better, and for spiritual growth, must be and remain the greater priority. But Biblical creationism research, study and teaching must continue, not for its own sake, not to satisfy curiosity, but as a part of evangelism, spiritual growth and discipleship, to more and better glorify God.
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