The way he grew up, statistically speaking, there was no chance he’d ever make it in life. Some of his earliest memories were having to suddenly wake up and pack his bags so he could move, yet again, to another house. He remembers riding in the car on dark nights picking up strangers and seeing clear bags with drugs in them. Fighting, parties, drugs and alcohol, were all consistent and common at his house. He tried to cope by locking himself in his room. However, by the age of ten, he began to experiment with pills and grow marijuana. He was becoming what he hated most about his life. At fifteen he remembers the house he lived in, which was well known for drugs and prostitution, was raided by the police in the middle of the night. He grew up around strangers; there were always people sleeping on the floor, holes in the walls, mold on food, and roaches on the counters.
By the age of eighteen, he had his first charge. At twenty, his daughter was born, but he lost his privileges to see her eight months later due to drugs. By the time he was twenty-two, he was using needles, picked up two more charges, and overdosed on cocaine and Demerol, which put him in a coma for nine days. At this point, he had completely lost his ability to think or reason; he couldn’t read or write. He ended up in jail for four months and had lost everything. He had no stable family and had no idea where his daughter was.
While in jail, he noticed his cellmate had a packet; just so happens it was information about Eagle Creek Recovery Center. He recognized the name of the church because his grandmother had brought him a few times to attend kids church and he decided to call. He was accepted into the program and the turning point of his story began. He was a hard case. Covered with tattoos and piercings, rebellious, bitter, and hated people, including himself. It was there that he met Ben Ward, who at that time was the resident assistant on the weekends.
No matter how difficult he would be, he just loved him and spoke life over him. He would get angry and lose his temper but Ben would still treat him with kindness. Over time, he was able to begin to believe in the God that he often heard about and knew he was accepted by Him because these people accepted me.
Today, he is an ordained minister with Community Fellowship International, credentialed pastor with the Assemblies of God, has been on staff at Eagle Creek Recovery Center for eleven years, and is a licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor through the NCCA. God didn’t just restore something he had at one time and had lost; God has given him things he had never dreamed or imagined he would have. He has restored his relationship with his daughter and even his father came through the program and has changed the course of his life for good!