W H E R E I T A L L
B E G A N
I received the vision for Influence Church while my wife and I was in New Jersey for a conference. I had a burning desire to start a church that did not look like all the rest but was unique in its design. I see that people need to understand their identity and in doing that, they must Know God, Find Freedom, Discover Purpose and then they can truly Make a Difference. During this conference, there were many questions asked that I answered based on the passion that I had to see people’s lives changed. The birth of Influence came by a few simple questions being asked and answered:
What Are We Here For?
What Problem Are We Called to Solve?
Who Are We Called To?
T H E J O U R N E Y
How did we get here? The journey that we have taken to get here is a long one but a rewarding one. I was raised in a Godly house with parents who loved God. I could not help but to love God because I had examples on how to do it. Throughout my life I struggled with the idea of being a preacher because I had some issues that would not allow that to be so. I ran until I could not run anymore. Despite the household that I was raised in that taught me to trust God, love my enemies, live a righteous life and be faithful, I made a choice to live a life away from my purpose. Deep inside I knew that God had a plan for my life but I never embraced it until the day I had an encounter with reality. Still in high school, I was confronted by a gang who wanted to harm my life but what they meant for evil God used to show me that His hand was on my life and simply like Isaiah 54:17 states, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.” That day I realized the realness of God said “ok God you win, I surrender.” Life has not been easy but it has been fulfilling. There are many more experiences that have accompanied me on my journey and I am ready to write another chapter in this book of life and I want to see Influence Church live up to the name and be an Influence to others who face hardships through life’s experiences.
T H E C A L L
My wife and I have a desire to see people changed for the glory of God. We believe that God has a plan for your life. We want to be a church where people can experience God. During the conference, God refreshed the idea in my mind and heart for a vibrant, relevant church that was designed to minister to the whole man/family. We want people to come to the knowledge of who God is, being free in their identity, knowing the plan for their lives, and going out making more disciples of Jesus.