I’m the husband of my best friend, Sarah. I’m also a father of three amazing children George, Henry, and Katherine. I am the Preaching Minister at the Hunter Hills Church in Prattville, AL and a graduate of the Master’s of Religious Education Missional Leadership program at Rochester College. Join me on this journey of thinking about God, ministry, church, world, and anything else that comes to mind.

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    Beverly Hopper said:
    May 9, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Hi, Ryan. I enjoyed reading your Story of the Church of Christ! I grew up attending the Church of Christ three times a week for the first 48 years of my life, so I have a lot of the church’s traditions and teachings ingrained in me. For 22 years, I attended a small rural church with a preacher who consistently preached self sacrifice and rarely talked of God’s love and grace provided through Jesus. I regret bringing my children up there and may have missed some opportunities with my husband who was Baptist by feeling that I would be lost if I changed churches. He was offended very early in our marriage (1973) when a Church of Christ preacher said from the pulpit “anyone who was not a member of the church was not saved.” his comment to me was, “Nobody’s telling me my Momma is going to hell.” he rarely attended church after that. When I was 48, a young man came to our church and his lesson was from I Corinthians 12: 12-31 on unity and diversity. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes. I began to visit other churches, consult people for whom I had great respect and ultimately became a member of the First Baptist church where my husband grew up. My spiritual life changed dramatically and I feel secure in my salvation. I was spiritually starving during those years. God was with me and led me and helped me, but I now experience peace. I thought I was changing religions, but ultimately only changed churches. I am aware of some of the changes in the church and happy that there are men like you and my brother, Ron Carter, stepping up to remove some of the misunderstandings about the Church of Christ. Thanks for sharing and for listening.

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