Levi Hart, Lead Pastor email: email@example.com How and when were you saved? Although I was brought up in a Christian home and made a profession of faith at a young age, I don’t believe I truly surrendered my life to Jesus until I was 19. I knew of Jesus, and said I believed in Him, but he was not the Lord of my life. One day the house I was living in was raided by the police for drugs, and I spent the next year in and out of jail and rehab. After desperately searching for happiness my whole life, I found it when I truly put my faith in Jesus during my second trip to rehab in early 2010!
How did you come to join Ignite? I found myself starting a Bible study in Breese that quickly grew early on in my walk with Jesus. Seeing other's lives changed by Jesus and being able to be a part of it became the air I breathed. I decided I wanted to go into pastoral ministry full-time, started going to school, and was hired as the youth director at West Gate Baptist Church in Trenton. After four years at West Gate my wife and I felt led to start a church, and Breese lit up in our hearts. After a year or more of training and building a team, Ignite was planted on February 21st 2016.
What do you love most about Clinton County? What I love most about Clinton County is the people, and I can’t explain it any other way than it being a love God has put in my heart for them. As soon as the Lord called Leah and I to start a church there my heart began to care for the people of Clinton County in a way that I had never experienced towards any particular people group. There are so many great things I could mention, but this is what matters the most to me.
Kyle Wehrle, Discipleship Pastor email: firstname.lastname@example.org How and when were saved? I was brought up in a Christian home, but never really connected with God. It wasn't until August of 2016 when I truly heard the Gospel for the first time at Ignite Church. A few weeks later, in September, I gave my life to Christ and was baptized another month later, in October of 2016. Since then, I've been growing in my faith and serving the church in various ways, recently, being ordained as the Discipleship Pastor.
How did you come to join Ignite? I joined Ignite Church shortly after I was baptized. Looking back, it's amazing to think that it all started by simply walking through the doors for the first time. God lead me to that point and my life has forever been changed because of what God has done for me. It brings me joy to watch my wife, Sarah, and my oldest daughter, Aria, grow in their faith also. I can't wait to see my youngest daughter, Addilyn, grow up with God in her life too.
What do you love most about Clinton County? This is a one of a kind community. My favorite thing about Clinton County is how everyone is willing to come together and help anyone who is in need. No one hesitates to help each other and we rally around those in need. I love that about Clinton County!
Andy Hellige, Associate Pastor email: email@example.com How and when were saved? I was saved my junior year of college at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in the late 90s. I had never been exposed to the Bible or even knew who Christ was until he used a classmate as my lifeline. I had been dealing with anger, depression, and a severe lack of personal self-worth. I made a decision for Christ as I was tired of my self loathing. Christ took up my “baggage” in terms of anger and self loathing and told me who I was in Him (Eph 2:10). After making this simple decision, Christ started to work in me through the Holy Spirit allowing me to Honor my Parents, clean up my speech, and realize that the garbage in my life was just creating more garbage in and through me. For the past two decades, it’s been a blessing to be transformed by the creator of the universe! How did you come to join Ignite? I had longed for a church like Ignite in Breese for some time as we were regularly traveling to Mosaic Church in Highland for almost 2 years. When Pastor Levi Hart decided to move from Westgate in Trenton to Mosaic in Highland with the intent of launching in Breese, I could see my longing starting to come to fruition. Me and my family eagerly joined the launch team and were blessed to be able to help Pastor Levi and his family launch Ignite Church in February of 2016! What a pleasure it has been to see Ignite be used by God almighty to change the people of Clinton County!
What do you love most about Clinton County? I was born and raised in Clinton County and have spent all but a hand full of years here. It wasn't until I moved away and experienced another part of the country that I really learned to appreciate the home the Lord had planted me in. Clinton County is a place where peoplecome together to help their neighbor and take pride in their communities. Clinton County is a place where tradition is embedded. That being said, it’s also a place that needs transformation and will get even better as the Gospel is presented and received by those who are hungry! (John 6:35)
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