Dan was raised in the Presbyterian Church attending each Sunday. Dan thought he was a Christian but had an intellectual knowledge of Jesus rather than a true personal relationship. He was also not well versed in the scriptures. While dating his wife, Tami, they attended a Catholic college group but issues were still not addressed. After Dan and Tami were married, they attended Galilee Baptist Church in Denver where he experienced rapid growth in his faith, became grounded in scripture, cemented his personal relationship with Jesus and was baptized.
Growing up Craig's family tended to move around a bit. At one point they lived in a small town in western Massachusetts where he attended a one room Christian school. He was 12 years old and accepted Christ at that point even though no one else in his family was a Christian. As he looks back, he had moved from a new convert at 12 years of age to a very lukewarm follower of Christ by the time he graduated from ASU. During a difficult period in his life, Jesus pulled him from the darkness and gave him life. He has been growing in the Lord since 1992. He is eternally thankful to the Lord for taking him through the tough times to get him closer to God.
Christophe was born and raised in France and regularly attended Catholic services. However the lack of a personal relationship with Christ meant that he lost interest as a teenager. Christophe came to the USA to finish his studies and met his wife, Brooke. After getting married they both felt the need to meet other wholesome couples to share life with. They started going to a small group for young couples at a church in California. At the same time, Christophe started attending a men’s group at the same church. They were open to hear about God and Jesus as Savior but Christophe wanted to take his time to analyze the facts. In March of 1996, Brooke came home from a women’s retreat and informed Christophe that she had accepted Christ as her personal Savior. By faith, he then made the same decision and they were baptized shortly after. Today, Christ is a central part of his life. Christophe believes that he is God’s son and that God sent His own Son to die for his sins so that he could have a relationship with Him. Christophe's goal is to become more like Christ in all areas of his life.
Shad was born into a Catholic family and was raised in the church where he attended catechism and served as an altar boy. Once he left his small hometown in Iowa at the age of 17 to pursue a career in travel and tourism, he was introduced to many religions around the world. Shad had never recognized a relationship with God because while he had learned to study and memorize the Bible, he had never learned about the relationship the Lord wanted with him. Shad met Candice in 1994 and through premarital counseling, his agnostic views were challenged. It was then that Bill Glennie invited Shad to have a personal relationship with the Lord. Shad continues his walk today with trust in the Lord and a supportive church community.
Mitch grew up in a Catholic family and was taught right and wrong. While he believed in the triune God, he did not have, nor had he ever even heard of a personal relationship with Jesus. In 1979, a few months after his wife, Susan, and he started dating, she led him to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He continues to grow daily in his relationship with his Lord and Savior.
Brandon grew up in a Christian family that attended Camelback Bible Church. He received salvation at an early age and became more involved in church and his faith in college. His wife, Heather, and he met in the college group at Scottsdale Baptist Church and were in leadership there. Brandon led Bible studies and ran the sound for the band. Brandon and Heather currently serve in children's ministry, teaching the 4th/5th grade children. He is also involved in KOZ and men's ministry. He has learned through being a leader, he must be a servant first and seeks to pursue God's glory in all that he does. This is just as true in his position as Safety Manager for a national contruction company. Brandon and Heather have one daughter, Natalie.
Some of Todd's earliest memories as a small child are of going to church. He first dedicated his life to Jesus at the Woodleaf Young Life camp in the early 80s. He dedicated his life again in August of 1988 and that is when his life really changed. Since then he as lived what he considers to be a Christian life. Not perfect of course, but very different than the life he lived before. His salvation experience wasn’t anything very dramatic, but he was definitely not the same person afterwards. It was very surprising to him how old habits and behaviors became unpleasant and undesirable. Todd says there is no doubt in his mind that God has been at work in his life ever since. Todd and his family have attended North for 11 years.