“I used to go to New Covenant for most of my life. I went to the youth group which was strong, but afterwards there was no young adult group and I felt lost, and I wasn’t getting much from the services. I joined the navy, it was back and forth, and I fell into the things that are of the world and wasn’t living out my faith. Between my first and second deployments, I stopped going to New Covenant. I went to Riverbend, where a friend invited me to the young adult Bible study at Cornerstone, which was a great catalyst for my walk with God. I heard about Epic from my father and a friend so I tried it out.
“For some reason, I’ve always had a calling and anchor in Bethlehem, and though I went to churches in other towns, I felt it necessary to stay in Bethlehem no matter what. So I may leave for years at a time and be here and there, but I feel called to this place. This place is my home, my town, my responsibility.
“Ever since I started coming [to Epic], my faith walk with God has been growing immensely. I’ve been seeking him out and ways to serve him and gradually dying to my old self and things that are of the world. It’s been a continual process, and I’ve gone through phases in my life where I’m more determined and on fire than I’ve ever been.
“I’m determined to see not just revival in the Lehigh Valley, but the ushering in of God’s Kingdom and for the church to once again act as the body of Christ, act as His hands and feet. And not just be content to serve within our own four walls and bracing for judgment as most of the church seems to do, which really unsettled my spirit. The mentality of the church [is] that we are just [to] brace for judgment, and that his judgment is coming and we might as well just accept it. We are not created for defeat. Christ did not resurrect from the grave to give us defeat, but to give us victory and the Holy Spirit, and we are to go out and act in the Spirit and seek his will and usher in his kingdom. That is our role as the church – to be salt and light, to preserve this country, to bring revival, to offset judgment. Throughout the Bible, we see that God desires mercy over judgment… It’s our job as the church to [intercede on our country’s behalf], and the American church has been failing for the past 50 years, and it’s time for us to wake up.”