Hello!  My name is Kristina and this is my story!
Before 2018, I was an angry, bitter, sinful soul.  God used my husband to open my eyes and heart so I could be the woman he wanted me to be for my family. Since regularly attending JCNaz, I haven’t felt so much joy in my heart which is sad because I’m a mom of two.  But I was young and scared. I’ve been going to church since I was a baby so I knew about Jesus as a child.  But it wasn’t until I watched a live play around Easter that JCNaz presented.  Pastor Mark prayed with us while waiting for the shuttle and it was then that it hit me.  I had been so empty, longing for something and that something was Jesus.  I seriously love JCNaz and I keep falling more in love with Jesus. Today I have so much faith because I’ve witnessed a miracle in my own life.  I’m not scared to live life anymore.  I know that with God all things are possible and that he will always guide me.  
Hello!  My name is Lillian and this is my story!
My life has been a mess until September 16, 2018  at church.  I accepted God into my life.  My grandma and grandpa have been going to church, they have influenced me my whole life and my mom told me I had to go church.  Being at church with my friend, we both accepted God yesterday and it has been the most fun experience in my life.
Hello!  My name is Lillian and this is my story!
I felt hopeless, alone and very empty.  Like I didn’t have a purpose and that life wasn’t worth living.  My mom had been asking me to come to church and with all of the negative things going on in my life, I was doubting my faith and was upset with God.  I eventually hit such a low point.  I was told that God was the only one who could help. I was standing in my laundry room at 2:00 am one morning after I had just hit the lowest point in my marriage.  I cried to God and asked for forgiveness and to save me.  That was on September 10, 2018.  So, I decided to go back to church, instantly fell in love with JCNaz after one Wednesday during small group, felt the warmth inside me and decided it’s time to recommit myself to Christ, forever.  I want to learn so much about the Lord. Since I began following Jesus again, I have had this undying urge to pray about everything and to quote the Bible in my daily life.  I haven’t been able to not talk about God recently to my friends, even the non-believers.  I have so much more motivation and hope for my future as a Christian.
Hello!  My name is Alex and this is my story!
My life was good but I only got to see my mom on the weekends because of work but even then she would sleep in and be too tired to do anything.  I have 6 brothers, 2 sisters and 4 parents.  Ever since I have moved in with my dad I have gotten good grades and a good education.  I have a lot of non-Christian friends but my friendships with the people in my youth group are better than the ones at school.  I would lie a lot and steal from my parents.  One of my friends has to go to my stepmom and ask if what I’m saying is true.  Before I accepted Christ as my Savior, I did a lot of stupid stuff.  I took my anger out on myself instead of talking about it.  I have been bullied my whole life by people at school and siblings. God used my step-mom to show me what Christ did in their life.  My friends and their parents told me they became happier when they accepted Christ.  So, I decided I needed to do something about my life to forgive people who did horrible things to me.  I decided to accept Christ. When I took my first step into faith, my stepmom, Heather and I were talking about what her life looked like before and after she accepted Christ.  At that moment I said I need Him, I want Him in m life.  He has great things planned for me and I want to see those great things. My life has become whole.  I pray every day and when I really need to.  I pray to God for other people who are having a rough time.  Jesus has helped me make some tough decisions on what I should do instead of what not to do. A little over 3 years ago we were looking for a church and then we came upon JCNaz.  We were here for one Sunday and decided this is the one.  Then we met Sarabeth & Josh Pratt and their daughter, Stella.  Stella is my best friend.  I’m glad we came and  found JCNaz. My stepmom Heather, my dad, Pastor Kevin, Pastor Jeremiah, Pastor Sarah, Sarabeth & Josh Pratt, Pastor Eli, Tyrek Artley and my nana have been huge influences on my coming to Christ.
Hello!  My name is Mellodee and this is my story!
I walked away from the church twenty plus years ago.  I knew Jesus, I believed, but did not practice or walk in His path.  I’ve been the driver, he was the passenger! Ardette Blades has known me for five plus years and knows my struggles with family.  She has been asking me to attend her church for that long.  Then came Road to Calvary in 2017.  So I went and there on a hill, I watched the reenactment of Jesus’ cruxification.  I felt this emotion wash over me.  I heard Jesus’ words being said for the first time.  I felt him say to me, “I’m knocking, will you let me in?” I kept telling Ardette something happened. At the end I asked for prayer for forgiveness & salvation through Jesus and accepted Him.  For a long time I didn’t tell family or friends about it.  I needed to find out more.  I started going to JCNaz.  Here I have found a place, a home where I’ve asked God to guide me in what’s next and what & where do you need me.  I started attending a small group and volunteering in the children’s Sunday school. While learning His word, understanding how Jesus wants me to loves as his follower, I feel like a child wanting to know more.  I’m seeking to build a foundation on His word. I’m surrendering my life to follow Him.  Thank you Ardette for being a disciple to me.
Hello we are Zach & Courtney and this is our story!
Our family first attended JCNaz last December. We had just moved from Hawaii and didn’t really know anyone. I asked for church suggestions on a Facebook page and tons of people recommended JCNaz. We came to the service and it was actually their Christmas Play. It was amazing to see how many children were apart of the church. With a young daughter, it was exactly what we wanted to see. The people were so friendly and welcoming we instantly felt at home! JCNaz has changed our lives, we have learned so much and both grown in our relationship with Jesus Christ. The children’s ministry here is absolutely fantastic. When we first came our daughter was very shy and would not stay in her class without one of us with her but now she LOVES going to class! She will walk through the front doors and just take off running to her room. She always says how much fun she has when we pick her up. We can’t believe the change in her in such a short time. God is very present in this church. We believe He sent us here for a reason and we couldn’t be more thankful. To anyone looking for a church, we highly recommend you come give JCNaz a chance, this church has had such a huge impact on our family and we would love to see God give other families that same blessi
Hello I am Denver and this is my story!
I was Baptized when I was 14 but I really didn’t know what I was doing. I have lived a life of sin since then, treating people bad, cutting them with my tongue out of anger, lying, cheating, smoking, drinking, and drug use (mainly marijuana) through my adolescent and young adulthood years. I’ve been very fortunate over the last 10 or so years being able to stop a lot of these very addicting habits with the strength of my family and staying involved with my community but I was still struggling with anger issues from when things weren’t going my way in life which ultimately was hurting the ones I love the most. A little over 60 days ago, I went to church for the first time wanting to truly know God and our Lord Savior, Jesus Christ. I had been to church several times before this and had several friends talk about the power of God and Jesus but I was a lost soul trying to please myself instead of pleasing God. It was a couple of weeks after attending church (Psalm 23 week 3) when God humbled me and took me to my knees. I couldn’t resist his power but I still wasn’t communicating through prayer with him as I should and I was fighting demons inside of me every time I left the church. Then one night, in one of my darkest times, I was able to yell for the demons to leave me and I finally prayed to God and he answered my prayers the very next morning. It was a true testament of his power to me and for that, I will always be a believer. I know there’s a long road ahead of me but it feels really good knowing that through Jesus, his light will light the path even in the deepest, darkest valleys that I may travel. Looking back, I now know, it was God and Jesus Christ that has helped me grow from my sinful ways and will continue to help me. I want to “THANK GOD” and all of my family and friends for never giving up on me and on December 30th, I’m going to be Baptized again. This time I know why I’m doing it and for this, I give all Glory to God in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
Hello I am Dorothy and this is my story!
Before I let Jesus Christ into my life I felt very lost and alone… I started my life’s journey holding hands with Christ. Then I found myself walking in the same direction as Christ, but not holding hands… Throughout my life I have always felt I was walking alone, with an emptiness inside. I now realize, through all my life’s struggles and answered prayers that Jesus has been knocking on the door of my heart and only I could let him in… I know that God has been with me every step of the way and He does forgive me and He loves me. Jesus has just been waiting for me to reach out and take his hand so that he can guide me along my path.
I feel that God is calling me to not only grow deeper in my faith, but to also do more as a result of that faith. I want to walk the path that God has chosen for me and follow the steps He has planned for me to fulfill His purpose. I feel God has always had a distinct purpose for me, and I believe that baptism is the next step on my journey to Him. I want to be baptized to show God that I accept Him and want to walk the rest of my days with Him, here on earth and in Heaven.