My first appointment as pastor was unusual: I was only a lay speaker – no qualifications.
I was put into this church in mid-year because there had been a scandal there and no real
pastor would go! I had little education then, but a lot of enthusiasm for the job. I didn’t
even have the authority to baptize. But that was OK; I didn’t believe in child baptism
anyway. I put off being credentialed for nearly 2 years because I wasn’t going to baptize
babies. In my denomination, it was required. Finally, though, they made me go to licensing
school and get some credential.

(See the video of the Baptism of Izzy.)    Contact Form

10 months before I went to the licensing school, a very young newly-wed came to me at
the church. She was in tears. She said something like, “I love Steve so much that I haven’t
had the nerve to tell him – I can’t have children. I’ve had three abortions, and the
last one made me the way I am. Would you pray for me, now that I’ve straightened my
life out, that I might have a baby for Steve and I?” Right there, I laid hands on her
womb area, confessing to the Father her desires, and that it would be made so through
the sacrament of the prayer of faith. That’s what I would do in those days. Soon after,
this young lady forgot about that prayer, but I did not.