Personal Testimony/Calling to Ministry - Jared Grover
I was born in Anaheim, California to a loving, stable family. At the time, my father and mother were very strong Jehovah Witnesses. For the first 5 years of my life, according to my family, and what I can remember, we were ardent followers of that belief system. We would even go out as a family, knocking door to door, every Saturday, without fail. At the age of 5 there was one Saturday which will stick in my mind forever. This was probably one of the only Saturdays, almost since I was born that I was not required to go out with my father door to door. It was on this Saturday that my father was in the backseat of a car that was hit in the side head on, and he was instantly killed. By this point, my parents had four little boys. I was the oldest, and the youngest, Aaron, was only about 6 months or so old. My mom was only 19 when she married my father, and my father was 10 years older than her, so he took complete responsibility for Mom. She knew nothing different, so being thrust into raising four little boys on her own was more than a big task for her. As long ago as it was, I still remember a number of details of the day that my father passed away. Although having these memories of an extremely caring and loving father, I now know that my heavenly Father God had a special and profound purpose for this tragedy in my life.
After a little under a year from my fathers death, my mother decided to move us all across the country to Maine, where my father is originally from, and raise us there in a more rural . It was at this point that things in all of our lives changed quite drastically. When I was eight years old my mother remarried a man who ended up causing a lot of pain and hurt to the whole family. It was at the age of eight that I was introduced to the Awana program in one of the local churches. Shortly after starting to attend Awana, I became very good friends with the Pastor of the church and he was always like a father to me. I thank God every day for Pastor Chris Luppino, who was my first introduction to Jesus as a little boy. From Awana, I was introduced to Sunday school, and then eventually the River of Life Bible Camp. In the summer of 1986 I attended River of Life junior camp for 3 weeks. All three weeks there was a very special man who continually was faithful to ask me if I was interested in accepting Jesus as my Savior. Up till almost the end of the 3rd week of camp, I continued to be reluctant because I kept feeling like (because of previously being a Jehovah’s Witness) it would be letting my father down if I accepted Jesus as my Savior; but after a great week of chapels I realized that it was time for me to accept the Lord as my Savior. Over the whole 3 week period, I developed great relationships with some wonderful Christian mentors, that I hold close relationships with, even today.
Through the years I had many opportunities to fall away from the Lord, and many discouraging and troubling situations in my family. I had to come to a point where I made a decision that I was going to follow Jesus through all of my struggles, and not just trust Him when it was easy. It was at about the age 14 that I felt the Lord speaking to my heart about being in full time ministry as a Children/Youth/Music Pastor. I finished high school in 97’ and began attending the New Brunswick Bible Institute in Hartland, New Brunswick in the fall of 97’. I graduated with a bachelor’s equivalent in Biblical and Theological Studies in the spring of 2000. Since then, I have been used, stretched, and prepared for the future ministry that God has for me. There have still been several struggles along the way, but God has been faithful through it all. Roughly 10 or so years ago, I lost my younger 22 year old brother to a drug overdose. It was during that time that I again saw the Lord working mightily in my heart and life.
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