However, that changed one day at Two Rivers Assembly. “God worked in my heart. Candice and I both accepted Christ, and we’ve seen major transformation in our lives,” he says.
John started going to the prayer before church starts. He heard Pastor Will and others speaking in tongues. “Oh no! This is one of those places,” he thought. But, he saw how genuine everyone was and John started to ask questions. Will led John through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “A few days later I spoke in tongues for the first time. I was, all of a sudden, on fire. I needed to serve God. But, I didn’t know what that looked like, yet.”
Meanwhile, Candice got really sick, struggling with severe fibromyalgia. For a year and a half, John had to help Candice get out of bed. She took high doses of medication and was still in so much pain. “I became distraught and depressed,” Candice says, “I had given up asking the Lord for healing.”
In February of 2014, at the end of a period of 21 days of fasting and prayer, Candice and John were attending a church service. Candice felt that she was supposed to receive prayer for healing. “I heard the Lord say, “GET UP!” she says. “I was healed that day.”
With nothing holding them back, the couple continued serving in their church and growing in their personal ministry.
From the moment he experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit, John felt called into the ministry. In 2014, John attended DSOM (District Schools of Ministry) in New York. In May of 2014, he attended the IGNITE Leadership Conference, an event hosted by Reach Northeast and CityReach Network. There, he met Pastor Brian Bolt, president of CityReach Network and heard his story.
“I never do this, but that weekend I walked up to Brian and said, ‘I think we are going to do great things together at one point.’”
Then in 2015, following another season of prayer and fasting, John was driving through Endicott, New York, watching a homeless man cross the street.
As he was praying about it, John felt called to plant with CityReach Network, and he began the church planting process in October of 2015.