Greg has been in ministry for over 30 years. He has served in various capacities including as a missionary, evangelist, local pastor, church planter, and university chaplain.
Biography and ministry experience
Testimony: Conversion and calling
It was 1990, I was a student at Old Dominion University and was seeking God. I knew there had to be more to life than the empty pursuit of drinking as many beers as I could in a night. My Mom had recently experienced a spiritual awakening. Our new pastor, Rev. Al Honaker was clearly preaching the Good News of Jesus and my parents went on the "Walk to Emmaus," a spiritual retreat. As a result, my mom, experienced Jesus' love and had a deep inner peace shining from within. I believed it was God. Deep down, I wanted to follow Jesus, not half way, but all the way.
So, at an InterVarsity gathering at ODU, the speaker told us if we wanted to follow Christ, we had to share our faith and the reality of Jesus with others. This was too much for me. My self-esteem at that time was so tied up in what my friends thought of me that evangelism was terrifying. I left the meeting early, with tears in my eyes, convicted. I called out from deep within, “God I want to follow, but I can’t do that. If you can change me, please do.” I think God likes that kind of prayer.
A week later a friend asked me about my faith, so we talked for hours that evening about Jesus and the scriptures. I was amazed that God answered my prayer – I was able to share and even enjoyed it! I went to my room, knelt and thanked God from my heart. Then, it was as if somebody entered into the room, yet the door was closed. I felt wrapped in the Presence of Love. Awe, delight, wonder and tangible love. I don’t know if my eyes were open or closed, but I could see myself speaking at my home church in Vienna, VA and a message came to me. "The supreme importance of seeking God." I scribbled down the thoughts as they came. I knew that the wisdom which I wrote down was beyond me. I lost track of time, but remember crawling into bed exhausted, yet filled with joy.
I shared the experience with my Pastor, Al Honaker. He smiled while telling me that a group of students from Virginia Wesleyan College, including my brother, were going to lead worship at Epiphany UMC, but they didn’t have a speaker. Pastor Al said, “That’s where you fit in.” I preached over that Christmas and the same peace that I had seen in my mom was now in me. Jesus seeking me, hearing my cry, filling me with his love and sending me to tell others; I’ve never been the same.