My journey to discovery has brought me through many ‘streams’ of spiritual expression and experiences. I began as a kid growing up Southern Baptist. When I became born-again when I was 18. I didn’t last long at the Baptist church, sort of kept pressing into deeper things.
I remember my daily prayer, ‘Lord make me a spectacle, to where the unbelievers and believers alike marvel at what You have done in my life.’ My prayers were answered many times over, not the way I could imagine!
In 1981 I received the wonderful Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I was mentored by some wonderful ladies and my first Pastor, and now Father in Law. My journey took much deeper meaning and purpose. I spent my time witnessing, doing everything I could in the church, fully devoted study and prayer. We did not even watch T.V. for seven years. It was a great time for me to serve without any distractions. It was during this time our church life I was immersed into the Word of Faith expression. Nothing but blessings and miracles! The ‘Faith Movement’ was an amazing part of my journey. I began to see cracks in the system. Moral character wasn’t on the forefront of the teaching at the time. Lets just say your confession of faith was the most important thing.
While serving the church for 30 plus years in every capacity you can imagine. Preacher, leader, servant, helper, counselor, associate pastor, prison ministry, assistant chaplain, sound man, musician, youth leader, trainer, van driver, activity planner, fundraiser captain, revivalist, prophetic, seer, worship leader, songwriter, teacher, after school program guy, traveling band, traveling ministry, etc.
While in this mode we released into the prophetic realm. It was sort of simultaneous with a major revival movement. This was the most wonderful part of my journey thus far. The prophetic was like a mantle upon all of us. We were immersed in love, visions, power, and expressions. People came from all over night after night to jump into the river with us. Everywhere we went the same outpouring was breaking out. We actually jumped full speed into the ‘Move of God’ revival. We became full time traveling prophets that served in the capacity of revival!
This is where I met the devil himself. He surprised me, because he came in a form so foreign and unexpected. He came in the form of leaders of my own kind, that spread lies about me and shut down the whole ministry. Not only was I amazed that this could have been done; but the reality of two years of meetings booked in advance were erased, I was more shocked by those leaders. I was once invited as a member at some of the biggest churches only to be normalized as a person they do not know.
My wife and I lost everything. We were living in a three room apartment for 25.00 month. We lost our house, our cars, friends, colleges, ministry, reputation; EVERYTHING. But alas that was only the beginning of deep things.
In this dark moment we transitioned yet again. We were invited to plant a church in Michigan. This was to be a prophetic church with all the backing of Apostolic Covering. I jumped at the opportunity not realizing even then I was being set up by God for something even greater.
That is what this site is all about! The Rise from the Ashes. I still to this day remain a bit of everything I learned along the way, I think that we would be foolish to believe that God didn’t have a hand in our upbringing, especially our spiritual one. I’m a bit Baptist, I love to see folks get born – again and baptized just thrills my soul. I fellowship in spirit with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis, that never changed just got sweeter. I am and will always hold the prophets order and function as to office. I truly believe the fundamentals of the ‘Faith Movement’, you will reap what you sow. You will enjoy the fruit of your lips. I have apostolic friends, and now since 2000 some wonderful new realms were opened up to me.
While in my 15 year stay in Detroit. I was surrounded and flowing in and with the African American culture and especially church. I morphed into an apostolic role while there teaching and training the Pastors in the area and region on a constant basis. I also became Syrian Orthodox. Not only elevated to Deacon and eventually the Fr. Proto-Priest of the Church in Detroit. All the while remaining everything I was already up to that point.
In Detroit I became born-again-again! I was awakened to major breakthrough truths from the ancient path. I have since 2000 continually read, searched and gleaned from the early fathers of the church. The Kingdom has became more of a reality to me in this time. It was no longer a place or some new fancy term, it has become a way of life for me and my family. We are spiritual and Kingdom.
Now I abide with all of the experience and background to chisel out new truth, or at least spiritual truths that make sense to us today. My main focus has been the internal Awakening to the Real Me, in light of Grace. My assignment is to use my story and experiences to help others: I believe in the gathering together of the elect, and I love the Church. I know that no matter what light you glean from, mine is from Jesus. The most amazing First Born Theanthropos that I love and desire to be, still to this day, some 35 years later.