I will tell you one of the best parts of surrendering my life to Christ is that I have a much better relationship with the wonderful family God has given me.
If I haven't met you, my name is Raymond Wilkinson. I honestly can't wait to meet you one Sunday, so please swing by and be my guest. Since we don't know each other, I'll introduce myself. I wasn't born in Louisiana, but I got here as fast as my parents would settle down. I was raised in Bossier City up until high school started when we moved to Haughton. I am a proud Haughton High School Buccaneer Class of '92. Immediately following high school, I skipped out on the scholarships to go and join the Army, where I got assigned to the 3rd Ranger Battalion at Fort Benning, GA.
After 4 years of the Army, I came back to the Haughton area, where I haven't left since. I spent time serving as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Shreveport Fire Department and Bossier Fire District #1, where I attained the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. In that same time, I started several businesses and had the privilege of teaming up with a few guys to start the Brother's Keepers Motorcycle Club. That's kinda how this whole motorcycle thing came about.
The one thing you may not know is that during those fire department, business, and motorcycle club times, I was actually an atheist. That's right, for 17 years, I had no problem telling anyone that there was no God, and Jesus was just a good man. That was until a financial services company I became associated with told me I had to keep God first, family second, and business third. I got around men that spoke about Jesus, but did more than speak- they acted. In December of 2007, I was "punked" into going to church. Upon walking through the doors of The Simple Church that December, my life began to change. It wasn't until May 8, 2008, that I surrendered my life to Christ. It actually was at a partner meeting, not a church, but any way salvation comes is fine with me.
In December 2009, I had my "wrestling match" with God. I was at a point where I felt God wanted something to change, and one night He made it clear. He wanted me to plant a motorcycle church, and the story started and is still being written.
I will tell you one of the best parts of surrendering my life to Christ is that I have a much better relationship with the wonderful family God has given me. My wife, Trish, and I have been married since '96 before I got out to the Army. We have three beautiful kids, Emily, Kacie, and Michael, and two grandbabies, Mason and Kensley. Having a family that knows the Lord is truly a great feeling. I'm so thankful.
Well, you've got to know a little about me, and I sure would like to hear your story. You can email me by clicking here, or I'll see you on Sunday.