Rebecca Peel

8/25/2015 | Authored By Rebecca Peel

Rebecca Peel

I grew up in a Catholic family with a strict traditional background when it came to following the "rules" of our faith. I attended Catholic school from kindergarten through my senior year of college at the University of St. Thomas.

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Boomer Peel

8/25/2015 | Authored By Pastor Boomer

Boomer Peel

I considered myself to be a Christian from an early age. I remember asking Jesus into my heart when I was 6 years old. From that point on, I figured I was good to go. After all, God loved me, Jesus died for my sins and I was a good kid.

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Carol Burr

7/28/2015 | Authored By Carol Burr

Carol Burr

During my early life and through the first years of my marriage, I was very self-centered in my thinking. I was raised in a religious family and attended church regularly because of my parents, but it did not mean anything to me. When Paul and I married, we moved to the Los Angeles area because of Paul's job and thought this was a good time to break from the church scene.

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Paul Burr

7/28/2015 | Authored By Pastor Paul

Paul Burr

I was born into a very religious family, attending church each week. I attended religious school all my years. I knew much about God, but I didn’t know God. I was a very “good” kid growing up, even voted “goody-goody” in my 8th grade class. As I grew older, I became less interested in God. I continued to be self-centered, living as I pleased, but keeping up a “good” façade. I met Carol, who had a similar upbringing in the church, and we found life without God pleasurable.

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Mark & Kim Suchta

5/26/2015 | Authored By Pastor Mark

Mark & Kim Suchta

When Kim and I first met around 16 years ago, we were not Christians. As soon as we got married, things started to decline. I was now responsible for three people instead of just me. The emotional and financial responsibility was very difficult for me. Very quickly, our love towards one another started to grow cold. We cared for each other but it was going downhill.

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Colleen Watson

4/29/2015 | Authored By Colleen Watson

Colleen Watson

I was born and raised in a small farm in northern Minnesota. My formative years were difficult as my mother battled severe mental illness. My father did the very best he could raising four daughters, but he had a farm to run which kept him out of the house a lot. There were few resources for mental illness in the early 60’s so consequently my sisters and I became my mother’s caretakers. And, due to her illness we often suffered neglect and emotional abuse.

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Pastor Warren Watson

4/29/2015 | Authored By Warren Watson

Pastor Warren Watson

Growing up in a Christian home in the 50's and 60's America was not an unusual thing. We believed we were growing up in a "Christian Country.” In the 60's, now recounted through the lens of history, American culture took an abrupt “about face”, going from the Dick Van Dyke show early in the decade, with he and his T.V. wife climbing into separate beds with “buttoned up to the neck” flannel pajamas and no kiss, to, at the end of the decade, “Don't trust authority”, “Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll”, “Drop out and Drop acid.”  This decade also saw an assassination of an American President and his brother 5 years later on the campaign trail, and the assassination of an articulate “preacher” from the south that led the Civil Rights movement, and articles in Time Magazine proclaiming that “God is Dead”, all in less than 10 years.

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