Curtis is a young man who is passionate about sharing the Gospel and desires to one day be a youth pastor. He describes himself as a being a jovial, joyful person, who is always joking around, and open to encouraging others. Curtis loves to hear laughter. However, Curtis has also struggled with depression and a feeling low self-worth. At times, he has hidden behind a mask of humor to hide his insecurities.
Curtis describes his childhood family as, “never being that close.” Before he and his brother moved out of their family’s home, everyone constantly fought. Now that all the children in the family are grown, everyone is getting along better. Curtis says his relationship with his dad has grown a lot in the past few months. He says he has genuine forgiveness and true love for his dad now. Curtis said, “I never thought I would have a good relationship with my dad, or my family for that matter, but God has other plans. It’s amazing to see Him work that out.”
Curtis said, “My mom always believed that God was in control, although she did not necessarily live it out every day. However, she was faithful to show me that I did not have to be a product of this environment, and that it is Jesus Christ who changes a life.” Curtis recalls that his dad was negatively impacted by his father (Curtis’ grandfather). Even though his grandfather was a pastor at a church, he would regularly go home and beat his family after church. For that reason, Curtis’ dad did not see true faith lived out in his home as he was growing up.
Around the age of 15, Curtis’ sophomore year in high school, he attended a church and one night the youth pastor asked, “In this song, the verse says, ‘Break my heart for what breaks Yours.’ How many of you can sing those words and truly mean it?” It was at that moment when Curtis prayed for salvation and started seeking God. However, sometime later, that same youth pastor was caught in a sinful relationship. This made Curtis question whether or not his salvation was real. After praying about it, God showed Curtis that just because this youth pastor had committed this sin, it did not mean that the Word of God was not true. Curtis now knows, we have to put our faith in God and not man.
Curtis said, “My faith is rooted in a pure relationship with Jesus Christ.” One piece of advice he would give is, “Take your faith seriously, and when you hit troubled times, you will know where your hope is found.”