But God…

Read Testimonies of What God is Doing.  

  • Mike Weber

    Age 62 | Born Again Age 12

    I was raised in another religion, I knew about God, but I didn’t know God.  My dad passed away when I was 18. I graduated high school, got a job where I found my way into using drugs and alcohol. 

    I didn’t know it then, but looking back, God had his hand on me the whole time.  He protected me so many times.  Once, as I was driving a 25 ton drilling rig, I was going down a steep hill and at the end of this hill this road was a ‘T’ with a cliff on the other side.  All of a sudden the main airline broke. I had no brakes to stop the rig. I tried to downshift but missed a gear and went into neutral. I had a cliff staring at me, I called out “Jesus, help me!” at the top of my lungs. The next thing I know, the steering wheel turned hard to the left in my hands and the run-away rig went into a deep ditch along the edge of the road. The ditch curved around the ‘T’ in the road, the rig followed this ditch and then stopped…no harm, no wreck. I knew in my heart Jesus did that, but I continued my ways of drugs and alcohol. Life went on. Marriage, kids, drugs, alcohol. The next thing I knew, I was 46 years old, divorced, living in an apartment with only the clothes on my back. 

    Finally, one day, someone showed me Acts 2:38. I wrote it on a piece of paper and laid it on the desk. One day turned into another and I grew tired of pills to get going, pills to keep going, pills to stop, that’s when I read Acts 2:38. It hit me like a ton of bricks! I needed more than church,– I needed a personal relationship with Jesus. I was put in contact with the pastor of a small apostolic church. He came to my apartment and taught me a home Bible study. After about 3 weeks I knew I needed to be baptized in Jesus name. The night I got baptized, when I came up out of the water the pastor’s wife laid her hands on my shoulder and said, “Welcome to the family, Mike”. Wow! I immediately began to speak in tongues. I felt like I was lifted completely off the floor and felt the awesome presence of God. 

    Afterwards, the pastor’s wife told me that she had a dream the night before that God told her when I came up out of the water, to lay her hands on me and say “welcome to the family, Mike,” and he would fill me with the Holy Ghost, and he sure did! Thank you, Jesus! 

    My life changed immediately! My life has never been the same! I will never turn back to the old me, the old ways. 

    I got into church and started serving God. God chose me! I will always listen to him and seek his guidance. God has blessed me with a beautiful and wonderful wife, a new job, and most of all, now God allows me to teach home Bible studies to the men in prison. I am so thankful to be part of the prison ministry and part of this great church in Sidney and now St. Paris. What an awesome God He is! Like the song says “I won’t turn back.”         

    “I knew about God, but didn’t know God…God chose me!” 


  • “I knew about God, but didn’t know God…God chose me!” 

    Mike Weber

  • “I was on top of the world…fulfilling  
    my own flesh.  The cycle was get drunk,  
    pass out, be late for work, then I received 
    the Holy Ghost….” 

    Shane Walls

  • Shane Walls

    Age 55 | Born again age 19

    It was 1999 and I was on top of the world. A good job, and the divorce was 7 years ago. Not a care in the world, didn't have to answer to anyone, I could do whatever I wanted to do, I was the poster boy of fulfilling my own flesh, and was enjoying it. About half way thru 1999 I started realizing I was missing something. The drinking and carousing was catching up to me. I started being late for work, bill collectors were calling, then depression set in. I didn't want to do anything, so the cycle was get drunk, pass out, be late for work.

    About October of 1999 I met my current wife, and she invited me to church. I told her I needed to try church, but really only went to keep her from asking me. The first service I visited, the Pastor came down the main isle of the church and gave me a big bear hug! I stiffened up and thought to myself, what have I walked into, and what is wrong with a hand shake? I continued to visit occasionally, while still fulfilling my flesh. Finally I stopped attending services, and as a result our dating each other ended as well.

    After the holidays of 1999, and thinking about the start of a new millennium, I found myself broken and crying myself to sleep each night. At the time I didn't realize Jesus Christ was trying to draw me back to the house of God.  The week before the Super Bowl I walked back in the church, as well as Super Bowl Sunday, which was January 29th, 2000. That was the day I received the Holy Ghost, and was baptized the following Sunday! Shortly after that my current wife and I got back together, and we're married in 2001.

    Look, I'm not going to say I've had a perfect walk with Jesus, since I've given my life to him. But I've hung in there. I've dug in like ticks on a hound. I know now this is the life that God has meant for me. I try to thank him every day for my born again life, my loving family, and my church family. I've always been stubborn, you can ask my wife, and maybe that is why The Lord has allowed me to continue walking with him every day. He knows I'm going to make it to heaven, I'm just stubborn enough to make it!! 



  • “No matter your background, or heritage…a walk with Jesus Christ is alive and available for all!”


    Barry Zerkle

  • Barry Zerkle

    Age 49 | Born Again Age 3

    I grew up attending church services but never experienced a true move of God.  After spending my young adult life minding the flesh, I began a true search for God.  After much prayer and seeking the Lord, the Holy Ghost changed my life on March 14, 2017.  I will, for the rest of this life, mind the things of the Spirit.  No matter your background, denomination, or heritage, a true experience and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ is alive and available for all.  Thank you Jesus!




  • Belinda Gifford

    Age 52 | Born Again Age 43

    My parents joined the Apostolic church when I was a baby, so I had the great privilege of being raised in this great truth.  It was never a question in our home, "Are we going to church this week?"  When the church doors were open, our family was in the House of God. I'm so thankful for my parent's dedication, and for teaching my 4 siblings and I to love the Lord. They were, and continue to be, pillars in my life! My Dad will turn 80 in November, and he is still preaching Jesus Name doctrine, and holding the banner high.
    I was baptized in Jesus Name when I was 8, and I received the Holy Ghost when I was 9. It was the happiest day of my life! There is nothing more beautiful than Gods spirit living inside of you. I can't begin to explain the joy that I felt.
    When I was 16 I met husband, and it was pretty much love at first sight.  We married 3 years later.  We were blessed with 4 children, and now 5 grandchildren.  We will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this coming year.  We've had our share of ups and downs, twists and turns, but every hardship we've faced, God has been there to help us through it, and for that, I am so thankful. God has truly been so good to my family.  We have failed him many times, but he has NEVER failed us!
    We are living in an ever increasing dark and wicked world. Does it not seem to get a little darker every day? God help me to be a light!  Jesus is our only hope! He is my JOY!! He is long suffering, and he is GOOD.  He is EVERYTHING I need, and more. I can't imagine not serving Jesus.  This is the best life I could ever live! There are pleasures in the world, but they only last for a short season. The end result of sin is DEATH.  Jesus offers LIFE ETERNAL! If you don't know Jesus, you can get to know him today.  I love the saying "You will never be satisfied, until you know Jesus.”

  • "We've had our share of ups, downs, twists and turns, but with very hardship we've faced...God has been there to help us through."

    Belinda Gifford

  • Tina Branscum

    Age 52 | Born Again Age -

    From about the age of 8 years old, my family started attending the little 3 car garage where The Temple originally began their worship services. With Bishop Fries as our pastor, and though the church was small the presence of the Lord was mighty. As a child I was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost. My brothers and I loved church so much that we played church at home. It was very upsetting when we would miss a mid-week service. When our parents decided to leave the church, unfortunately us kids had no say in the matter.

        When my brother Stanley was 16 and became ill unto death, my mother knew she needed to bring him to the church so he could get saved, so we went back to church. Bishop Fries baptized my brother and he received the Holy Ghost, and shortly after passed away, I was 18 at the time. I tried to live this christian walk alone, but after a short time I found it too hard and I also fell away.  I’ve went through trials in my life, (too many to mention), but I always knew God had never left me, and I talked to him often.

        One of my biggest regrets in my life is that I did not raise my two daughters in the church, and from a result of that they grew up very uncaring, selfish, and heartless with no morals or remorse. Now that Randy and I are raising my 2 granddaughters, I knew I needed to get them in church. It seemed every time I would try to go to church, something would be there to block us, and my husband was unsure of this apostolic faith because he had never attended a church like The Temple. But after attending the funeral of Mae Morris, as Bishop Fries was preaching it, he seemed to be hitting all the feelings I had had over the years, again I knew I needed to be back in the church, again the stumbling blocks were there to hinder me.

        As my mind was made up to go to church, I started having a lot of pain in my back and hip and things came to a halt. In March of 2016 I was having severe pain in my back, I was being treated for my sciatic nerve, but a month later while playing with the dog, he jumped on my chest and when I grabbed my chest, I felt a lump. The mammogram showed a mass smaller than a golf ball. The needle biopsy came back benign, but the doctor ordered a surgical biopsy and it came back breast cancer. Now I’m using a cane, sleeping on the couch, in severe pain and more scans, the news was, it has spread to my bone, which diagnosed me with stage 4 breast cancer. I had one chemotherapy session, and lost my hair. One day while standing in the kitchen with every thought, worry and tear, I said God, I put this in yours hands because I am not strong enough to deal with this, I felt God take my hand and every bit of worry and fear left me right then and there.

        My new doctor at OSU took me off chemotherapy and we began a new program. I began to get better, and started walking again. Then I began to worry about the medical cost, and I prayed about it, and 2 different benefits were unexpectedly started to help with the cost. My whole family was worried, but I was not, God was answering prayers, but I still needed to get my grand babies to the house of God. As I was sitting in the doctor’s office waiting for a checkup I was planning my vacation, the news came to me that I was fine. People around me tell me how strong I had been, and how I’m an inspiration to them and I just say… It’s not me at all, it’s all Jesus.

        I have a new appreciation and I see things differently now. I hug my little girls and tell them more often that I love them. God has blessed me with a husband that cares so much for me. (He rarely tells me no ?.) I’m not sure what God has in store for me, and I know he’s not through with me, but it’s ok, I now have God back in my life.

  • "One day while standing in the kitchen with every thought, worry and tear, I said God, I put this in yours hands because I am not strong enough to deal with this, I felt God take my hand and every bit of worry and fear left me right then and there."

    Tina Branscum

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