Simply being born-again--Mike Zimmer's Story

My family attended Presbyterian churches as I was growing up. We moved from Fargo, ND, to Tifton, GA, when I was 13. This was a Q like moment for me. The things in life that I depended on to make sense of things seemed quite fragile. I started attending the youth group at our church to make new friends. The leader of the group was a woman named Lavonne. She carried herself with an inner peace I had not perceived in anyone else before. I knew that she had several teenagers herself and that according to worldly standards her circumstances were at times difficult. In spite of this, she had her peace.

Over a period of about one month, I would spend hours in my room alone pondering my situation and comparing myself to Lavonne. I came to the conclusion that the difference between her and me was that she had Jesus in her life and I did not. I asked Jesus into my heart and into my life. At that point I did not realize that I was a sinner in need of a Savior. My faith was more like the bumper sticker--no Jesus, no peace, know Jesus, know peace.

I started reading the Bible and growing in my faith. The next three years living in Tifton, I think I grew a lot. My family moved to Athens, GA, and began attending a very liberal Presbyterian Church. At the time I did not know the difference. My remaining years in high school and college I did not grow much in my faith. I prayed and read the Bible, but there was no one challenging me or encouraging me.

I moved to MD to attend law school. In the spring of my first year, I found a church I really liked. I picked it because I had heard they had a good softball team. Really mature, huh? Anyhow, I realized at that first softball practice, this was beyond my rather mundane expectations. I actually went to softball practice before church. The church is called Chapelgate and is located in Marriotsville, MD, which is in the west of Baltimore burbs. I have been challenged and encouraged at Chapelgate: first primarily in the singles' group and then when I graduated from that by getting married through various Sunday Schools and small group Bible studies. I've been at Chapelgate about 12 years, and I have grown much more in those years than any other time period in my life.

Mike Zimmer

About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.