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Riders feel at home in Orlando sanctuary

By Eric Tiansay (4/18/04)

Visit Faith Assembly of God in Orlando, Fla., any given Sunday and you could mistake the church for a biker’s rally. Upon entering the parking lot, you’ll probably see about a dozen Harleys and Hondas parked in motorcycle-only spaces.

Inside the church, don’t be surprised to see several dozen bikers dressed in blue jeans, boots, T-shirts and leather vests worshiping together in a balcony section of the sanctuary.

These are just some of the ways Faith A/G makes welcome about 40 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts. The 3,500-strong congregation integrated “a bikers’ church” a year ago.

For seven years prior to that, Scott Bush and his wife, Sally, pastored the bikers’ church from their home. The small, informal congregation is the result of Bush’s evangelistic efforts at regional bikers’ bars and biker events.

Bush, 43, says he had been praying about integrating the church within a more traditional congregation. “At the same time, I had friends who heard Pastor Carl Stephens share in one of the services that he would like to have a motorcycle ministry at Faith,” Bush says. “It was a perfect situation.”

Stephens, Faith’s senior pastor for 17 years, agrees.

“There was tremendous excitement on their part regarding the blending of their ministry,” Stephens, 49, says. “Our church absolutely embraced them.”

Bush is now a part-time associate pastor at Faith and in charge of the motorcycle ministry, dubbed Wheels of Faith. “God is blessing the union because they were so open to welcoming the bikers no matter what they looked like,” Bush says. “The bikers are not looked down upon.”

Enrique “T.K.” Herrera, a 41-year-old biker who had a 10-year cocaine addiction that cost him a $400,000 construction business, $250,000 home, $25,000 Harley and his marriage, has known Bush for years.

Herrera’s addiction became so overwhelming last year that he contemplated suicide. But at the urging of his daughter, who attends Faith Assembly, he decided to hear Teen Challenge founder David Wilkerson in February at the church. Herrera went forward during the altar call.

“I came out of there with such peace and tranquility,” explains Herrera, who says God has delivered him from drugs. “I’ve been going every time there’s a service. I can’t get enough of it.”

Herrera says he’s grateful for Bush’s bikers’ ministry. “The people they’re reaching out to are the farthest from the Lord,” he explains. “I was one of them. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for Scott and the bikers’ ministry.”

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