Welcome to Word of Grace!
Below you will find out a little about us from three personal stories. Enjoy!
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After high school, I joined the military and left church far behind. After the military came college; during and after college I focused on being an entrepreneur, starting businesses and chasing after money. When I got married I went to church because my wife wanted me to, but it had little effect on my daily life. I shoved God as far back in my life as I could, and tried to live life on my own terms. Then in my 30’s I began to feel an urgency to do something more with my life. While I was “successful” I couldn't get past the emptiness I felt inside. There had to be more to life.
I was successful and miserable, I lacked purpose and meaning. I agonized for three years over what felt like a wasted and empty life. No matter how much money I made, or how many toys I bought, or how much I partied, life just seemed more and more empty. One Sunday, in desperation, I literally cried out to God with tears, asking for his help. When I cried out to God in desperation, something happened, something broke loose in my soul and I felt free and clean for the first time in years. I re-dedicated my life that day to Christ, and I felt the peace and meaning that had been alluding me. After that experience my wife and I decided to make a radical change in our lives. We left our old life behind and moved from California to St. Louis, so I could attend seminary and become a pastor. After graduating seminary we moved our family back to California to start a church in Rohnert Park where we could share with others what we had discovered about God and the real meaning of life. That church is Word of Grace.
One thing I have learned on my faith journey, being in relationship with God makes all the difference. I have learned how to live a meaningful, purposeful and truly successful life through following Jesus Christ, and it is my joy to share that life with as many others as will listen, learn, live and serve!"
“I love Word of Grace, can you believe that a church has actually changed my life? I grew up in a Jewish home that was not particularly religious. It wasn’t until we discovered Word of Grace that my heritage came into perspective. Pastor Eric has helped me understand who I am in light of God’s Word. Now for the first time in my life, faith has become real and meaningful.
This is a community of people who are open and honest. Word of Grace is a place where you can have questions and doubts and its o.k. Faith here is intelligent, honest and real.
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