(Testimony Tuesday: This is the second in a series of stories on Pathway attenders who were baptized spontaneously on Easter Sunday.)
Bill Smith was tired of sitting.
As a truck driver for Lindy Paving, that’s pretty much what he does all day. Then when he arrives home after 10-hour shifts, he’s so spent he plops on the couch to sit some more.
But on Easter Sunday, he’d had enough. It was time to make a stand.
“I said to myself, ‘OK, this it.’ I wanted to do it right then.’ ”
So that morning, Bill stood up during the 9am service. Then he walked backstage to change his clothes for a life-altering moment — he was going to be baptized after responding to Pastor Jeff’s invitation from the stage.
Bill said the seed was planted by his wife, Ana, after the Good Friday service they attended.
“I had actually been thinking about it for a few weeks,” the Center Township resident explained. “Then I don’t why, but my wife asked Pastor Jeff about me being baptized.”
Bill said he was raised in the Free Methodist Church, but had never entered the waters of baptism. He began attending Pathway Church in 2010 at the invitation of a friend, Richard Lawson.
“I came to faith as a kid,” he remembered, “but I backslid as I got older — especially when I was in the Army. I started drinking a lot and partying. I wanted to be cool and be one of the guys.”
Bill said he continued partying hard long after his discharge — and through two subsequent marriages. He believed in God, but not enough to change his ways.
“About six years ago, it finally sunk in. I stopped drinking and swearing. I changed my life totally around.”
And he took another huge step of faith when he was baptized on Easter morning.
“It seemed like I died and went to heaven that day — even though I almost drowned,” he said, laughing.
Bill quickly grew pensive.
“You know, I feel a lot lighter now, like God is working in miraculous ways,” he continued. “I’ve put my life in God’s hands. I know He has a plan for me and I’m going to trust Him.”
And he’ll do it whether he’s sitting down.
Or standing up for what he believes in.