My name is David Holland (not the famous one). I’m a 59 year old married white (mostly) male christian with three grown male children (21, 25, 36). I was first introduced to Christ by my stepfather’s mother at the age of (gee, early teens I guess) and had a conversion experience at the age of 22 (to the best of my recollection). For around ten years I was part of an non-denominational evangelical church. I was pretty involved, home studies, street witnessing even going door to door. In my zeal I neglected my home life and the stress of that situation eventually culminated in my divorce from my also avowed christian wife. As a child of divorce myself I was devastated by this and when my Pastor suggested that throwing myself into ministry was the best solution to my problem the effect was the inverse of his intent. I can laugh at this now because it is seems so blatantly self serving. To be fair I see it was part of the plan and though neither of us may have known at the time it was exactly what I needed to hear. The result was Death and Resurrection that recurring theme.
For the next five years I lived at the periphery of the church feeling like neither fish nor fowl afraid of my psychic leprousy. During this time I met (not at church) and married my present wife. She was not a “holy roller” but was not put off by my world view either. She is the embodiment of Proverbs 18:22 and I have tried to cherish her through these last 27 years. I think she would agree that both of us have a richer walk with God as a result of our experiences together, and that is exactly as it should be.
So here I am, an older Christian who has been around the block with disillusionment and found my way back to what I hope is a deeper and more balanced walk with my Lord.