After attending church with his cousin in Ohio, Bruce gave his life to Christ at the altar. “It wasn’t all easy after that. I went out and partied again that night,” he says. Bruce’s life slowly began to change. He gave up his business in Ohio and returned home to his wife and, now, two children.
Ana, Bruce’s wife, was not interested in hearing about Bruce’s conversion. She was working as a cocktail waitress manager and living a life full of alcohol and drugs. Bruce started traveling 45 minutes away to attend a church. As a first-time guest, Bruce signed himself and Ana up for “starting point” classes.
“She was furious at first. But, I got her to go. The church surrounded us and cared for us, even though we were still in our worldly stuff,” he says. Bruce and Ana got baptized after going through the class.
“We did well for a year,” he says, “but then I went on the road to sell roofs again. I slipped back into the partying life-style.” When Bruce finally came back home, the couple decided that they had to get out of Vegas. So, they moved to Columbus, OH. They once again found a life-giving church where they felt cared for and accepted by people.
As Bruce grew in his faith and got more involved in his church, God called him into ministry five different times. The fifth time, his pastor, Pastor Konan Stephens of C3 Church, called him and said, “God has given me a vision to plant 50 churches in 20 years. He says you were my first call,”
Bruce finally accepted this call on his life, began taking ministry classes, and after three years became a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God.
Bruce shared his heart and his story to his district and the Ohio Ministry Network, who connected him with Brian Bolt and CITYREACH NETWORK. Bruce traveled to Pittsburgh to meet with Brian and learn everything he could. He was impressed with the CityReach Hope Homes and wanted to create something similar.