An Encouraging Word

Chaplain Steve has lived the life

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Queensgate Chaplain Steve Petersen

 

Steve Petersen, 55, can relate to many of the men who walk through the doors at the Queensgate Lord’s Gym.

 

Long before he was a part-time chaplain at the location, Steve struggled with drugs and alcohol.

 

I grew up in a God-believing family,” he said. “After I was hurt by the church, I walked away. I got into a lot of stuff I shouldn’t have.”

 

In his 40s, while in Cleveland, Steve lived across the street from a church. Church goers would visit his porch often to speak with him and pray for him.

 

They wore me down,” he laughed.

 

Their kindness and persistence changed his heart

 

I was re-baptised,” he said. “As a child I was baptised because I was told to. At age 42, I did it to show my dedication to the Lord and I knew what it meant.”

 

From there things changed in Steve’s life. He eventually came to Cincinnati and got on to his road to recovery. He since married and owns a home. He began working at Lord’s Gym, after several years of working out and volunteering in 2016.

 

I’m here because I can relate with a lot of the men because I know the paths their on,” Steve said. “I have empathy toward them. I have shared in their experience. Most importantly, I’m a living witness to the life-changing power of God.”

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