Pastor Rich Grill’s Testimony

My name is Richard Grill, I was born on March 18, 1945. I had parents that were very caring, but I was very rebellious. For years I got into a lot of trouble. As a child from the first grade on, I never had too many close friends because I’d drive them away from myself.

Growing up, I went to Sunday school, I had my pins, which were received for attending every session and every Sunday, but I did not enjoy church. I never fit in because of my rebellious spirit. I took my confirmation seriously, but I never grew in it. I took it serious; I think God was tugging AT my heart, at that time of my life.

I just kept hurting people DSC_1541at that time in my life too, then I started hanging around with older kids and that just led me further and further astray. Then when I turned 15, I was really an alcoholic already I didn’t see that my problems in life were, well, me. I never liked myself.

I met Linda, when she was 17, I was 18 and neither of us were ready to have a child.

Then three years later, we had a son. The son I could love, but my daughter I had a problem with because she was sickly and took a lot of our money and I didn’t want to share that with her or anyone else.

Linda was in the process of getting a divorce I was 24 and she was 23. I looked at it as if it would be a blessing for me because then I could have my freedom back again and I could do the things I wanted to do. I could just live my life and become the drunk that I wanted to be.
She went to a healing service at the church she was attending and she took our daughter because of her asthma problems so that she would be healed that Sunday I decided something really did happen to her, that God had come alive in her and God had changed her. If God could change her he could change me. So I got up that Sunday morning when. The pastor He ripped the sermon up and threw it on the floor and he said he wanted to talk to us about what he had experienced.  He then challenged someone from the congregation to get up and love him for just who he was, and I thought some girl would get up and give him a hug, and a kiss and it would be all done and over with, little did I know a guy would get up and give him a hug and kiss him on his cheek and told him that he loved him. I thought the church was full of queers and I had a rough time with that.

Then he started to talk about love and I just started to cry like a baby. I mean it was not just tears, they were sobs I ran out of the church and got in the car and waited for them to come (my wife and kids) and she asked what did you think, and I said I’ll never go back in there again, because I can’t stand that emotion that was there and I had no control over, myself, I said I just can’t stand that I couldn’t be that free to do that, but I was miserable for about three weeks. God and I were really wrestling with each other and He was telling me the things I had to do, and I just didn’t want to do them, and then Linda said why don’t you just go and talk to the pastor. So then about the third week I said okay, you’re right I have to get this straight, I can’t live this way either. So I went and talked with him, He said to me: the first thing I can tell you Rich is God is cutting at your heart and he wants to come and live within you. And he want you to ask him into your life as your Lord and Savior, so that you know beyond any shadow of a doubt that if you would die right now, that you would go to heaven.DSC_5110

I said what do I have to do, he said just say a prayer, a sinners prayer with me. He led me through the sinner’s prayer and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Later, I was at an alter one night I knelt down, it seemed like hours and me and God wrestled and I said God you either have to deliver me from this alcohol I’m either going to be delivered when I leave this place or I’m going to be totally a drunk. I don’t know how long we were at the church, but when it was all said and done, I stood up and I was totally sober. And that was the last time Linda ever saw me like that, and that was the beginning of the change in my life at that point. I knew God had a purpose, I knew God had a plan for my life. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew that he has something great in store for me and my wife, because of what He brought us through.

I bought a motorcycle and my life totally changed. I started riding; my wife just saw something come alive in me I then started a chapter of Christian Motorcycle Association.

I became the state coordinator for CMA. God always threw me into leadership for some reason, I didn’t like it. But that’s what he did. So I became the State Coordinator for six years. I worked with PA, NJ, and DE. Three states

I decided later I wanted to work with people who were lost, just like I was lost, we had a club near us called the Reading Motorcycle Club the club was Harley’s only of which we couldn’t afford so we prayed and I bought two of RMC’s raffle tickets and my wife won a Harley Davidson .

And so I became a member after that and in 1989 I rode with them, I was just available to them to do the things I could do, helping with their many events, Then 5 and a half years ago they asked me when we were going to start some kind of church so the The Biker Church was birthed.

GOD IS MIGHTY. In Jesus Holy Name, AMEN!

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