Meet Thomas from Woodbury.
I grew up in Menomonie, Wisc., in a Lutheran church. I was baptized as an infant, went through first communion, confirmation, and all the stuff a good Lutheran kid did. I knew the stories of the Bible well. I could tell you all about Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, David, Jonah, and Samson. I knew all about Jesus’ birth, his miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection. What I didn’t know was what it all meant to me.
Some time during my high school years, the pastors from my church retired and new ones took their place. My parents really didn’t connect with them, so we left the church. We were without a church for a few years until a new church came to town. My dad knew the pastor, so we decided to check it out. This church was different. It met at a theater, no one dressed up, and they had a band instead of an organ. I was a bit weird-ed out when people started putting their hands in the air during worship. But, I began to enjoy the new church and even volunteered on Sundays.
When I was 20, I decided to join the Army. Around that same time, the church was doing their baptism service. I decided to get baptized, but I still didn’t quite understand what that meant.
I called myself born again, but wasn’t entirely sold out for Christ. Jesus was just the God of my Sunday mornings, not my personal life.
I made some of the worst decisions of my life during the first four years of my enlistment. I quickly got lost in the world of alcohol and promiscuity. I settled down for a while after I met Dawna, who would become my wife years later. We found a church to attend on Sundays. She even got baptized there. It was a great church, but neither of us fully understood what it meant to be saved. Church was still something we did on Sunday mornings while we nursed hangovers from the night before.
I drive an ambulance in the metro area, and I see the EBC stickers EVERYWHERE while I drive.
So we did a little research and found out that EBC stood for Eagle Brook Church. We checked out the website, watched the Kid-O-Deo videos online to see if our younger ones might enjoy it, and we decided to try a Saturday night service. We felt so welcome and comfortable, and our kids fit right in, too!
After the service, both of our older kids told us they were finally ready for baptism. That was enough for us to decide that we had found our new church home.
I’m in the process of legally adopting Tytus and Aurora. I want to start brand new for my family. They deserve a husband and father who is totally sold out for Christ. My wife and I decided to get baptized again with our kids this past February. I want to show them that I am a new creation in Christ and I am ready to be the spiritual leader my family deserves.