I grew up in Flint, Michigan, and am now a church planter in the city. As a lifelong Flint resident, I see a different city today than it used to be. When you drive down the street, you see abandoned buildings and houses in need of demolition. Even still, I’m convinced there’s hope. Through Christ alone—there’s hope for Flint.
Growing up, I had no interest in religion and certainly didn’t think I would be planting a church in my hometown someday, but God had other plans. As a young man, I joined the Marine Corps to stay out of trouble. When I returned home, my cousin invited me to attend church with him. God had been working on my heart, and that night, I responded with repentance. Since that moment I’ve been walking with the Lord. There are plenty of people out here who need to hear the truth, and we aim to raise up leaders and disciples to go tell the good news of Jesus. Click To Tweet
My wife and I were faithfully serving at a church in town when the Flint water crisis happened. It was a difficult time for our city and church, but it did provide the opportunity for me to connect with Acts 29. We partnered with Acts 29 churches that were seeking to support Flint during the water crisis and eventually joined a training cohort.
Living in Flint, you hear a lot of tales of hopelessness. With our church, Christ Our Hope, I wanted to plant a church that points a neighborhood and community to Jesus Christ. There are plenty of people out here who need to hear the truth, and we aim to raise up leaders and disciples to go tell the good news of Jesus. We look forward to seeing a community full of darkness change into a community full of light. It’s only through Jesus that we’ll see this happen, and we trust that he won’t fail the people of Flint.