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.
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.
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."
Kevin Hawk: I was raised in a very conservative Christian home, and taught the basics of being a Christian, but did not end up understanding what it really meant to live for Christ until much later in life. I always longed for God and often felt he would leave me whenever I sinned, but I found that his grace was more than enough. I learned to trust him with all my heart even though things would not be perfect and I would still struggle. I always loved Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Once I hit my teenage years I always loved music. I grew found of the Christian Rock seen at the time, and listened to Petra, Holy Soldier, Guardian, Novella, among others. I also longed to play music, which I started when I was in 7th grade by learning piano. However, playing in front of people was difficult and struggled with great fear until I was in my Sophomore year of college at then Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University) I has spent a year at Greenville College in IL in pursuit initially of a career in Christian Contemporary Music, but was turned away from that career when I found that the art I created would be turned and changed into to make it “sellable” even I even made it that far. However, I continued to excel in writing and playing music and would often lead worship at different events in college. I also had taught myself guitar with some lessons to help in addition to teaching myself the bass guitar. I was also a part of a band during that period called Same Old Story. I continued to enjoy playing and making music for God in some sort of way. As time when on my music was pushed to the side, until joining a worship team at my current church, Bethel at Philadelphia Mills. However, I continue to desire to reach the hurting through music which went beyond playing music in church. Therefore, I am delighted to be a involved in ministry that involves reaching people with the love of Jesus Christ.