How did you hear about Lifepoint?
This is a funny story. So, my wife is a counselor over at Lee Hill Elementary. She used to work with Pastor Michael’s wife, Malia (Spotsylvania campus). She was always talking to her about Lifepoint. We just kept hearing about Lifepoint everywhere we went. The stickers were everywhere! I mean just at Wal-Mart we saw five or six cars one day and I’m like, what is going on? That’s when I said, okay, we’re going to check it out.
How has attending Lifepoint changed your life?
I’ve been able to meet a lot of people and we’re all pushing for the same thing. I think that’s what I needed. Where I was coming from, it was a lot of lonely walks. Since I’ve been here, I’ve met all these people and none of us are perfect, but we’re all going to the same place. I have brothers and I have people that I grew up with, but I feel like I can honestly say that I’ve found a sense of brotherhood here.
How has serving on a Dream Team impacted your life?
Let me start with why I started serving. I had visited a couple of times and I came through the door one Sunday morning. I was a wreck. It was one of those moments where if somebody gives you a hug and hooks you in a second too long, you just fall to pieces. I wish I knew the lady’s name. I can vaguely remember her face, but I was on my way into the auditorium and she handed me the Welcome Guide and a pen. She just looked at me and said, “I’m going to give you a hug.” And she hugged me. I was like, this lady doesn’t know me, but I just wanted to cry all over her shoulder. I needed that hug because I was broken. That’s what helped me realize that this was home for me. You don’t get that everywhere.
Really being able to be the hands and feet of Jesus has been major for me. I’m getting to do real-life ministry and I’m getting to do it with people who love what they’re doing. I serve on the First-Time Guest Team. We get to meet new people every week. We don’t know what their background is, we don’t know how their trip to church was. We don’t know how their night was, but we get to greet them with a smile and a hug. We’re here to help you feel like you’re at home, welcome, and feel like this is a safe environment. And that really helps people let their guard down. It really does! I mean, it helped me put my guard down.