I began using alcohol at 14 and progressed to marijuana and mushrooms by 17. It stayed a social practice, as I was very involved with hockey and other sports. My cocaine use started at university, when my father became ill. He died from ALS in 2002 at the age of 46. This was a complete tragedy and I lost it. Cocaine became a daily addiction and I eventually dropped out of school and turned to crime to pay for my drug habits.
But God was with me through it all, and people started to pray for me! In December 2005 I had an encounter with the living God – and everything changed. God divinely intervened through a miraculous Acts 9 experience and I met JESUS!
A minister from Teen Challenge told me his testimony and God spoke to me. God said, “If I can change this drug addict, I can change you too. Come follow me!” I know God brought me to Teen Challenge to set me free and to help other people. Everything became so clear to me – it was like the mystery was revealed and it was amazing. “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Today I serve as development director here at ATC. My wife Katie and I love being a part of God’s kingdom here on earth.