Drew Williams' testimony
I grew up in a Christian home, but personal religion wasn't discussed very much. When I entered our church's youth group, an older guy encouraged me to read the Bible for myself, something I had never done before.. The next year, I was converted through reading Romans. I loved God's Word and cherished times I could get away and spend time in it.
But, unfortunately, I didn't share that same love for the church. It seemed to me that the leaders didn't share the same sort of love and faith in God's word that He had given me. This left me skeptical about the church.
When I came to college, I knew I needed to find a good church where God's Word was cherished, but I was nervous. Sometimes I wondered if such a church existed.. Almost immediately I joined a healthy church, and when I got engaged to Maria, moved here. All my reservations about the church have come crumbling down since then.
This church has been a refuge for me these past few years. Being a Christian on a secular campus can be tiring, but my soul has been renewed week by week as I have come to worship here. I've heard God's Word faithfully preached from the pulpit, beautifully sung in the congregation, and tasted in the Lord's Supper. The cross of Jesus Christ has become more precious to me than ever before. My young marriage has been built up through Friday by Friday community groups in the Priestly home. This church has been God's chief means of grace for me in innumerable ways.
As I am graduating and looking back on my life these past few years, I'm reminded of God's faithfulness. He has never failed to provide for my every need, and He has done it largely through this church.. I came to college with a sense of call to ministry, but full of hesitancy about it. Now, because of how precious this church is to me, I will be going on staff with VFC to help evangelize and bring more students like myself into its life-giving fellowship.
Once I was a skeptic of the church, wondering if it was even crucial for my life. Now I can join in longing with the psalmist who says:
"How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God... for a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness."