I am a believer and follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am also a member of Christ Bible Church and a First Love Missionary. My evangelism experience goes back some thirty years. I began the public proclamation (open-air preaching) of the Gospel in 2006 and became full time in the ministry in 2008. Currently I am in the San Francisco Bay Area having just returned from a 33-month itinerant street preaching ministry. Living out of my camper-van, I have traveled the entire continental United States preaching in over 200 cities. I have 2 adult sons both married, and one grandson, living in Juneau, Alaska.
I always had a heart to witness and evangelize ever since I was saved. It was probably in the mid 1990’s I felt a call and an urge to do what is called, “open air preaching”. It is simple; you just go and stand where people are and begin preaching the Gospel to them. Sounds easy enough. Well around this time I read a short section in a larger book on evangelism. The man who wrote about open air preaching did most of it in foreign countries. I do not remember his name but I certainly remember his statement. He said, “If public speaking gives you butterflies, open-air preaching gives you helicopters”. I have always been timid and could relate to that statement. Open-air preaching was certainly out of my comfort zone. For the longest time I didn’t know anyone who did this type of evangelism. Every Christian I talked to thought it to be archaic and said it was the wrong way to share about Jesus Christ. I was easily persuaded and suppressed the desire to open air preach. Eventually I broke free from this and started to dabble a bit on my own. I would go to the normal places where I witnessed one-on-one in my hometown but there was not enough people. I thought I needed a bigger crowd to warrant the preaching. So I would go where bigger crowds were and then chicken out. I did this many times and through much failure and much prayer, I managed to accomplish some open-air preaching. Looking back there were about five times I preached very early on, but do not remember exactly the first time I preached.
Years later in 2006 was when I started to preach in public regularly. I had joined SOS Ministries in the San Francisco Bay Area after moving to California. I was with SOS a total of about seven years. I learned much during this time and gained a lot of experience preaching in San Francisco and Berkeley, primarily on the weekends. Eventually I started going out several weekdays preaching as well. This became almost an everyday occurrence by 2008. In 2010 I started to take some trips to other cities and preach there. The first of these new cities was Sacramento. I had also lived there for a brief time too. My preaching and evangelism ministry continued to expand both geographically and in frequency. I devoted more and more time to the street preaching. At some point it became a full time ministry and in January of 2015 I left SOS Ministries. I was sent out by Christ Bible Church and went preaching across America. For the last 33 months I have gone through the entire lower forty-eight states preaching over 400 times to over 160 cities. I completed this journey in November 2017.