I turned eight on November 3, 1966. For a few years before that I had a strong desire to obey the Lord in baptism. My first opportunity after my eighth birthday was when Dad was a guest preacher at Highway-Biway Baptist Church near Midland, Michigan. The church is pictured here and now goes by the name Carter Road Baptist Church. It was Christmas Day in 1966. It was in the evening service. In the morning service Dad discovered there were a significant number who needed to be baptized. They filled the baptistry that afternoon with ice-cold spring-water. That night the water was extremely cold.
As long as I can remember I have had a powerful inner desire to know and the follow God. I have often failed Him, but He has never failed me or disappointed me. By the grace of God I will follow him every day of my life until I die and then live with him forever in the New Heaven and the New Earth.