Spouse - Yes. Why? I'm not sure? They say love is blind, right? Well then, Amy can't see that well! Back in 7th grade, she could beat me in arm-wrestling. In fact, she could beat me in the 8th and 9th grade too! Then she moved to Iowa... good thing, because in 10th grade I had a growth spurt!
Kids - Yes. 4 lovely children. Jessika is married and welcomed my first GRANDCHILD in April 2011! (Grandpa Kurt just doesn't sound right yet!) Emily is a senior in college and will be an Elementary School teacher. Evean is a freshman at an area community college and is leaning toward graphic arts. Kimberly is a high school junion and is a Drama Queen... seriously, theater and show choir is her life!
Pets - Yes. 2 rats and one real dog. My wife has a toy poodle and Mexican Chihuahua. I have an 80 pound black lab! Dogs rule our lives!
Testimony - I'm a Jesus follower who sometimes forgets to follow the leader and sets out on other roads. I'm glad God sets up road-blocks along the way that lead me back to His leadership! Still working on wrapping my head around how much He loves me... and why?!?! I sure don't deserve it! That's where GRACE comes in! And I use plenty of it! The good news is there's more than enough for you, too. If you think you've strayed too far from God, His reach is wide enough to pull you in and shower His love on you! He'll forgive you and give you the free gift of eternal life through His Son, Jesus! Wanna talk about it? Email me sometime. email@example.com
Spouse - I met my husband Daryl in college at Mount Vernon Nazarene College (now University) while working in the school's radio station.
Kids - Son: Spencer is 15, a basketball player, and a natural commedian. Our Daughter is Regan, who's 10, also abasketball player, and quite the artist.
Pets - Strider (a black lab), Frodo (a beagle), and two cats Pippin and Eoqym, a boy and girl. (Yes, the pets' names are all characters from 'Lord of the Rings'.)
Testimony - I probably have one of the least dramatic testimonies you'll ever read. I am a "Pastor's Kid", you know a 'PK', but not one that rebelled or went crazy when I left home. I have definately done a few things that I know God was not too pleased with, but its stuff that would make you yawn. I was quite young when I accepted Jesus as my savior, and as a teenager I recommitted myself to Him. I've had my share of painful experiences and disappointments in my life, and have been in more than one 'pit of despair', but God has always, always, ALWAYS pulled me out. So many times I've felt anxious about my circumstances, but He get's me through it or out of it, or just turns the whole things around in a surprising way that, once again, makes me realize how silly I can be.
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Favorite Scripture - Proverbs 17:22 "Laughter is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired."
Weakness - Kryptonite
If I were in the Bible I'd be - Peter. Always talking before thinking. Still working on that.
Testimony - I've been in church since I was an infant. Fortunately, in recent years I have finally thrown off the religion that weighed me down and found a real relationship of my own with God. If you haven't found that freedom and security yet I encourage you to talk to Him outside everything someone else has told you that God is and get to know Him for yourself!
Spouse - I'm married to a woman that I admire incredibly, Connie. I owe my life to her.
Kids - One son Gib Gerard (who you can see everyday on tesh.com) and a Daughter Prima.
Pets - ...
Testimony - I grew up in church, but it was more of a 'routine' for me than anything else. When I left for college, I left that routine behind and didn't really look back. Life got on the fast-track with crazy money, seven-figure success with Entertainment Tonight... and the most deep, bottomless depression a man could feel. I was surrounded by stuff. And none of it -my fancy car, my house, my job- meant anything at all. I met Connie one day in a gym, and she eventually invited me to her church. I was apprehensive, but it was different. I was riveted. I was encouraged. It was a new life and a new direction. It started a chain reaction in my life that caused me to leave Entertainment Tonight and to pursue my calling of music fulltime. Since then, I've realized that God has given us a ministry through music and radio. I think about it almost every day: Connie knew exactly what she was doing. She knew right where the path was, and she know that I had stepped off it. She "tricked me" into getting right with God. She used her womanly powers to lure me back to the church. And I owe her my life for it. Ladies, be encouraged. Don't be afraid to challenge your men to get right with God. And men, don't be afraid to take the hand of a powerful woman. It can lead you to riches you never imagined.
*For more about John's testimony and life story, grab a copy of his book and memoir "Intelligence For Your Life"