1976 > Dallas Cowboys try-out, free agent [wide recvr], not picked up
1981 > powerfully saved, filled w/ the Holy Spirit; personal ministry to others began, street ministries, active in non-denominational Christian church settings, teacher-leader of Bible groups. [thru '88]
1988-92 > Sr. Pastor - Hosanna Christian Fellowship
1989 > ordained as Minister, Open Bible organiz / Des Moines, IA - non-denominational [ *inactive w/ this organz today ]
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Born again & baptized in the fire & power of the Holy Spirit
After growing up in a wonderful family with 2 great parents, I was totally ignorant of the Bible or the story of Jesus. Literally, no one had told me. I had not even heard the term "Son of God" until I was 27 years old. Although I had always loved Christmas & the songs, I had no clue as to their meaning. I was 100% unchurched, unreligious & clueless.
Having always believed in God but never having spoken 1 word about it to anyone & having never prayed once in my life, I was immediately "all ears" when my own mother told me she had been "saved" about 30 days prior in March 1981. My response to her was "saved from what?". She told me about the Son of God & that the Bible was all about Jesus. I had never heard. So, for the next 7 days I studied the 4 Gospels that she had given me in order to find out.
I was powerfully born again & Spirit-filled with the baptism in the fire of the Holy Ghost on Friday (Good Friday), April 17th, 1981 while all alone in my office. Later that very evening I wept as I heard my mother explain to me the meaning of "Good Friday" (& Easter). Immediately miracles, heal- ings & deliverances began occurring in my prayers for others. For the next 8 years (thru 1989) I witnessed to hundreds of people & taught numerous Bible groups which is what I knew (from the day I was saved) to be God's purpose & plan for me in ministry with signs following.
Ministering to the body of Christ in my calling as a Teacher & Pastor with prophetical giftings....
During these years (thru '89) & being active in the Spirit-filled churches I attended opened up continual opportunities for me to minister as a teacher & to operate in the gifts of the Spirit within the church environment & in various ministry settings. The prophetical gifts & an anointing of His power to cast out demons & lay hands on people for the baptism in the fire of the Spirit has continually followed my ministry strongly.
In 1989 I was ordained as a minister while I was Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship. At that time, I had already been Associate Chaplain in the prison ministry since 1985 where I was used by the Lord to lead over 3000 souls to salvation there (thru mid 1991) with many miracles, bap- tisms in fire & many inmates being delivered publicly from demon-possession by the power of God.
From 1992 to this date (2014), the Spirit has enhanced the prophetical giftings that have operated since my conversion & as a leader. He has now called me to focus on teaching the body of Christ & writing these various prophetical things to believers in order to equip the saints into maturity & into the holy, spotless & blameless bride of Christ in readiness to meet our Lord Jesus Christ, who is near. ~