Jason Simons: Raised in a Christian Home, I accepted Christ as my savior and was baptized at the age of 10. One of seven children, my parents encouraged all of us to always give our best.
At an early age, I began playing baseball and football as well as developed an interest in music. I began playing the trumpet in elementary school and continued through high school. Around age 12, I started singing with my brother John in a garage band in the back yard with some other neighborhood kids. My first microphone was singing into a big headphone set, because that was all we could afford. By age 15, we formed a Christian band “Sanctification”. Our band had an opportunity to play and lead worship for my church, Hope Community, for their youth group. During our first night leading worship, we invited anyone who wasn't saved to come to know the Lord, and someone did. It was mind blowing! That night, I realized my devotion to reach out to others and preach the word. That night, I became a “Musicianary”.
Unfortunately after graduating high school, the band broke up and I stopped singing. Life began to lead me in various directions, and although I went to church weekly, I wasn't walking with God as closely as I could or should have. I began working in the financial industry and became successful at it. Unfortunately, I forgot one thing, continuing to run the race like Paul did in “1 Corinthians 9:24”, and finishing strong in my walk doing his work here on earth. At the time, I was partying and living of the world and not living for Christ, but it was through these trials and experiences that everything became clearer to me.
A few weeks later, I attended a class at church, and had the opportunity to hear one of my pastors, Joe Stec, preach about spiritual gifts. He told us “when you are given a gift there is also responsibility that comes with it”. It was through this class, I learned that singing for God was not only a passion re-ignited in me, but a calling and responsibility that I can use as an offering to Him.
Even though I didn’t sing for 11 years, I knew in my heart that this is what I needed to do to run the race and serve Him. From that moment, the things of my past, became the things of my past. I was reborn.
In my favorite verse, “Phillipians 3:14” Paul preaches “Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” . In 2008, I approached my brother John, and asked him about starting a ministry. It was then that we started “our walk” and Romans Road was formed. It has been a long road, but I am looking forward to the journey ahead with my fellow brother's in Christ.
John Simons: I've always been interested in music. In elementary school till I graduated I played trombone. When I was thirteen I was given a guitar and that's when I knew this was my calling. I am pretty much self taught and have been in many bands, some successful and some not. I traveled down the road of drugs and alcohol and had a lot if bumps in my life that caused a lot of bruises. But through that long journey of mess ups, I was always spared from serious injury or death. A lot of those experiences I look back on and know without God's protective hand, I wouldn't be hear today. When I surrendered to His will for me, I knew that this ministry was what I was spared for. To tell the world of Jesus and his saving Grace. As I walk, I know Jesus has my back. When problems arise, I say Give It To God.
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
In 2014 Romans Road was in the middle of prepping to go back into the studio and record our second album. One early morning in December I was finishing a recording of a new song idea to send to the other members, I was givin a vision/out of the body experience where I was placed in an inner city location surrounded by tables of food and clothing as well as live music being played by artists. Then I was back in my studio seat in my basement. What felt like a few minutes in the inner city was actually a few seconds according to my clock.
For the next few weeks I would battle with my own desires of recording this album. Every time I would listen to devotionals on the radio or read my daily devotional it would somehow point me towards answering the call to ministry, being obedient to Gods calling, or evangelism. Even sitting in church the sermon would point in similar directions. I battled with sleepless nights and a burdened feeling in my stomach. I approached a fellow brother at church and explained things to him and asked his opinion. He said "John, the Lord is calling you and your band to do something. You need to be obedient and answer your calling. You can run like Jonah in the bible but God will still use you, in his time."
So I went to the other members of Romans Road and explained to them what I had gone through and that I felt the album was not the direction God wanted us to take. They listened, laughed a little, and then said ok. If God wants us to do this we will. We then sat down and prayed together asking God for discernment and direction. Within a few months we were having our first event in Kensington and then Camden to follow. God provided all the openings and finances needed to pull this off. This is how The Save A Life Tour came about
Today Lonnie has dedicated his life to the one who gave him direction and a second chance to live the life that was intended and a means of using his gifts to spread the Gospel. People, search all their lives for the very thing that is in them peace love and happiness. Read Matthews 6: 19-34 with emphasis on 32-34
Carl Lindh: For as long as I can remember I've had an interest and love for the Lord. I remember reading a children's bible or more likely looking at the pictures at the age of 5. I was baptized and went to catholic school through 2nd grade. Musically during these years, I arranged pots and pans on the living room floor and hit them with wooden spoons. I loved to play along with whatever music my Mom was listening to. After 2nd grade, my family moved and even though we stopped attending church my faith in the goodness of Jesus Christ and what he sacrificed stayed with me. At the age of 8 my parents got me a drum set. I immediately could play to the radio. I Knew this was a gift from God. In my teen years my best friend invited me to his youth group and church. It was a non-denominational Christian Church. I loved it there. I had found my new home. I no longer considered myself a catholic. I was baptized and born again. At the age of 14 I joined my 1st rock group and at 15 we had our 1st paying gig. In high school, I was in Marching, Jazz and Symphonic Bands. I also joined the Choir and Vocal Ensemble. The Vocal Ensemble traveled to hospitals and nursing homes bringing joy and lifting the spirits of the people there. I'll never forget the smiles on their faces. Senior year I was elected Band President and received a scholarship to study music in college. Throughout these years I continued to go to youth group but was not putting God 1st. In college I began to backslide. I went to parties every week and began to drink several times a week. I studied music management and classical performance. I was a member of the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Concert Choir, Pit Band and Symphony Orchestra. I treasure the education and relationships I made there but soon realized that my passion was to play rock-n-roll. I left school, got a job and played gigs every weekend for most of my adult life. I was backsliding. Doing things my way not Gods way. The last 21yrs I've been a member of the New Jersey cover band Yasgurs Farm. Playing in this band has helped me develop my skills as a musician and I've been able to play with some of the best musicians in the tri-state area. Over the last 10 years I've felt a tugging on my heart to play for the Lord. I'm so Thankful to be a member of Romans Road. Using my gifts for Gods glory is one of the most satisfying things I've ever done. Heavenly Father, I can't thank you enough for all the blessings you have bestowed upon me. I dedicate my life to living according to your word. Luke 12:48 NIV "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked."