MARK KEITH, Senior Pastor
I was raised in a Christian home and cannot remember when we didn't attend church. At age 11 I joined a Baptist Church. The preacher had been preaching on hell and I decided I wasn't going there so I went forward, shook the pastor's hand and was baptized. The problem is I had joined a church but I still did not know Christ. At that age I wasn't trying to fool anyone, I just thought church membership equaled salvation.
As a teenager I began to feel what Billy Graham calls "cosmic loneliness." There were times I felt so alone, that something was missing in my life. I tried filling this void with things. What I discovered was missing wasn't something but Someone! At age 14 God convicted me of my lostness and rebellion against Him. By 19 I had run as far from God as I could. On Easter Sunday 1973 I realized that Christ died on the Cross because He loved me. My heart was broken. I repented of my sins and asked Him to save me.
That morning I began a relationship with Jesus Christ that has brought great joy, meaning and purpose to my life. I am finding daily what a great Savior Jesus is. I still struggle from time to time but His strength and grace sustains me. Church membership will not get you to heaven but a relationship with Jesus will!