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Jesus came into my life when I was 18 years old. I had always prayed to God, and knew He was real at a very young age, but had never understood the true access point to the Kingdom of Heaven until I invited Jesus into my heart. I had always wrestled with such fear, sadness, poor self-image, and depression. His purpose, His passion, and His presence practically leapt off the page as I began pouring over
the Bible. My wife Becky and I were married in 1990 and began a family. By God's grace, we were blessed with three beautiful children. I taught in the public schools for twenty years, and in that time adopted one of my 8th grade students and increased our family. My wife and I also are medical foster parents and have adopted two more wonderful children. Ministry has always been at the heart of what I wanted to do since I was found by my Savior. I played in a Christian band and traveled around Maine (where I'm from), taught Sunday School for both children and adults, was a worship leader for most of my adult life, and have participated in regular prison ministry for two decades now. I wanted people to know the freedom, the forgiveness, the purpose, the love, and the eternal life I had found in Jesus. Check out His bio next! That's the one worth reading! Read the Word of God for yourself and look into this beautiful Savior. He loves you.
I grew up on Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, in a loving family. When I became a young adult, a goal began to percolate in my heart and mind. I wanted to make a living in a rock band. I pursued that goal with a vengeance and no back up plan. I ended up in a band with other musicians that had a devotion to that goal. with also had a complete devotion to that goal. We delved fully into the effort to see that
dream become a reality and I ended up living a lifestyle that fit that end. It slowly destroyed me, and I found myself in a mental hospital for a weekend. The next week I went to church with a friend, heard the gospel preached passionately, got saved, started following Jesus, and never looked back. God gave me a beautiful wife, and 4 incredible children. We served as missionaries on the island of Barbados for 2 years. I also spent over a decade on the streets sharing the gospel with whoever would listen while serving in street evangelism and continue to do so today. I've served in youth ministry as well and in church planting as a pastor for 6 years. I now serve as assistant pastor to Pastor Doug Dodge at Calvary Chapel South Side in St Pete, and the best is yet to come!
Calvary Chapel South Side has been formed as a fellowship of believers under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not a denominational church, nor are we opposed to denominations as such, only to their over-emphasis of the doctrinal differences that have led to the division of the Body of Christ.
WE BELIEVE that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all and governs all.
WE BELIEVE IN GOD THE FATHER an infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth.
WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower in ministry all who believe in Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding Helper, Teacher and Guide. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all biblical gifts of the Spirit as reflected through the fruit of that same Spirit.
WE BELIEVE that all people are by nature separated from God and responsible for their own sin, but that salvation, redemption and forgiveness are freely offered to all, apart from works, by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. When a person repents of sin and accepts Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord, trusting Him to save, that person is immediately born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit, all his/her sins are forgiven, and that person becomes a child of God, destined to spend eternity with the Lord.
WE BELIEVE that all the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.
Calvary Chapel South Side wants to rejoice with you if you have been blessed! The Bible tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice. (Romans 12:15) So let us share in giving praise to God through His blessings in your life.
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