August 14th, 1989 – in a farmhouse outside of Lacombe, Alberta, was an evening that literally changed my life… but before I can tell you that story, let me give you a little bit of background…
Summer of 1988 – Working at McDonalds!
In the summer of 1988, I left my home in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, and went to stay with my aunt and uncle in Red Deer, Alberta. While there, I got a job working at a McDonald’s down the alley behind their place. This was my first job, at the age of 16. I worked there for 6 weeks, flipping burgers, running the till, and other fun fast-food type duties! It was there that I met Jerrold Lewis, who has been a close friend ever since. I didn’t know it at the time, but he would be instrumental in my salvation, in sharing the Gospel with me so I could become a Christian. We had a great time working at McDonald’s together.
Summer of 1989 – My Personal Encounter With Jesus Christ:
One year later, my family went out to Red Deer again to visit family, and I had an opportunity to see my friend Jerrold again. It was a hot summer’s night – August 14th, if I remember correctly – in the basement of that farmhouse outside of Lacombe, Alberta, that I was born again. Jerrold and his cousin Lane shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with me, and told me that there was a God who created me and loved me.
I prayed a prayer of repentance and called on the name of the Lord Jesus. The Christian God of the Bible, who had sent His son Jesus to die on the Cross to pay the atoning sacrifice for my sins, now saved me, and cleansed me of my sins, and adopted me into His family. I made the decision that day to devote my whole life to serving Jesus Christ, and He became my Lord. I reasoned that if God was real, and He was who the Bible said He was, I had to give Him my life.
The next day, his family was so excited about what had happened. They started shaking my hand, and telling me what a great decision I had made. I didn’t really know at the time the extent of what had happened in my life, but I would never be the same from that time on. His dad gave me a copy of a New Testament that I read in the car on the way back to Rouleau. However, because I didn’t have the support of a church family at that time, and didn’t know the importance of growing spiritually (reading the Bible or praying), I never changed much during that first year.
Fall 1990 – The Call to be a Preacher:
It was September 1990. On the outside, it looked like I had my life all together. I had a lot of friends, I had a girlfriend, and we went out and had good times getting drunk at the bars, but somehow, there was still an emptiness within me that wasn’t being filled. I sat down at an all-nighter drive-in one night with one of my friends and said, “There’s got to be more to life than girls, alcohol and partying.” I made the decision that night to take the money I had saved up working that summer and do some traveling, find out what that missing thing was in my life. That journey took me out west – to my dad.
I arrived in Calgary, and settled in to my dad’s apartment. This was the first time in my life I was able to spend any amount of quality time with my birth father. We spent two weeks together, talking about our lives, watching movies (like Young Guns I & II), and drinking together in the casino where he worked. We played darts together, got drunk, but somehow, this wasn’t everything I hoped it would be. At the end of the two weeks, I packed up my bags to head out to Lacombe to see my friend Jerrold.
Within the next 48 hours, the Lord began a new and incredible work of change in my life. Jerrold and his parents began discipling me – introducing me to church, youth group, Christian music, family devotions and so much more. It was September 29th, we went down to the local Christian bookstore to buy me my first Bible. I got a couple different Christian books to help me in my spiritual growth, as well as some good Christian music. I had really been into secular bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Aerosmith, so he found me a good Christian rock equivalent, Petra.
That night, Jerrold prayed with me to be filled with the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4. The next day was a Sunday, and I made the decision to get water baptised in their church, Living Stones in Red Deer. I made the decision to go all the way, 100% in my relationship with Jesus.
Almost immediately, I felt the call of God to preach the Gospel in full time pastoral ministry. I knew I would never be fulfilled in any other profession. God had made such a difference in my life; I wanted to share His love with others. I got back to Regina, and started looking for a home church. I found one in Solid Rock Ministries. (Jerrold’s church had been an independent, charismatic church, and his youth group was called “Solid Rock” so I figured this must be a good church).
The pastors were Erwin & Dorothy Dyck, and Dave & Cheryl Koop, the latter of whom were running the youth ministry when I started attending. The people there were so incredible – they loved me and helped me to grow in my spiritual life. I had an opportunity to grow and exercise my gifts by singing on the worship team, and teaching children’s church.
1992 – Bible College and Ministry Beginnings in Surrey, BC:
I had attended Solid Rock for a little over a year before heading out to Christ for the Nations Bible College in Surrey, BC in January of 1992. One year later, in January of 1993, started volunteering my time working with the youth group at my church Victory Christian Centre, under the youth pastor Dan Hope. I have been involved in ministry ever since…
This month, August 2013, I am celebrating 24 years with Jesus – what an awesome adventure it has been! I wouldn’t trade it for anything… Do you know Jesus today? If not, call upon His name, for He is mighty to save!
Pastor Chris Jordan