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August 18, 2013

Former biker gang member speaks at church

Ben Priest found God, founded Tribe of Judah Motorcycle Ministries


“If you will honor God and live for what's true and right, God will sustain and keep you,” Priest said to the congregation.

Priest, founder of the Tribe of Judah Motorcycle Ministries in 1984, was the guest speaker for Jesus Assembly's annual Motorcycle Sunday event, in which people are invited to ride their motorcycles to church.

For the past several years the Motorcycle Sundays have been co-hosted by the Christian Motorcycle Association. In conjunction, a hog roast and silent auction fundraiser for locally abused and neglected children was held.

“Bikers are people who really like to do something to make a difference,” said Lead Pastor Greg Stone. “That's why we started linking these two events.”

The funds raised go to the St. Peter chapter of Royal Family Kids Camp, in which abused and neglected children have a week of fun at camp, with two kids per counselor to ensure they receive a great deal of support and attention.

Ten years after the camp's inception, Camp Director Larry Spiess still became emotional talking about it Sunday.

“This is a week's vacation for these kids,” Spiess said. “We treat them like royalty.”

The $25,000 needed for the camp is raised through various means, including Motorcycle Sunday's hog roast and auction and a softball tournament, among other things.

For more information, call Jesus Assembly at 934-1468.


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