New State Coordinators for Alabama, Georgia, Florida & Mississippi

It is with great pleasure that the Board of the Azusa StreetRiders would like to announce the assignment of two new posts within the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry.

We wish to Welcome Bro Mike & Sis Krysta Markham as the new State Coordinator’s for Georgia & Florida. In addition let’s all welcome Bro “BigMike” Dailey as the new State Coordinator for Alabama & Mississippi.

Let us keep them in prayer and thank them for stepping upto the plate for the the work for the Lord and the Azusa StreetRiders. God Bless all of you. Keep the Faith, Stay the Course were almost home!

Bro Robert Thompson President Azusa StreetRiders International The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Chris

Welcome New Members !

Welcome to the Greatest Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry anywhere.

Florida
Bro Curtis & Sis Lisa Lester
Orange Park, FL
Tabernacle of Joy
Pastor Ronald Strong

Indiana
Bro Jeffrey Spradlin
Morgan Town, IN
Liberty Tabernacle
Pastor Brian Lame

Missouri
Pastor Jeff & Sis Rhonda Hurt
Hamilton, MO
Apostolic Lighthouse Church
Pastor Jeff Hurt

Texas
Bro David Brown
Baytown, TX
Peace Tabernacle
Paster Kenneth Grant

Bro Randall & Sis Marilyn Leath
Henderson, TX
New Life Tabernacle
Pastor Randy Hennigan , ASR Vice President

Maryville Chapter Motorcycle for Missionary’s Ride

We had a good turn out for our event this past weekend. Friday night a meet and greet at FAC Maryville pavilion, dinner was served and some great fellowship



Getting our coms ready for Saturdays Ride
Pastor Carpenter hanging out with ASR

Unfortunately as we all know Bro Jon Weber went down and had to taken to UT Hospital. Several ASR members went over Sunday between services and had a time of fellowship and prayer for both Bro & Sis Weber. Please keep him in prayer were hoping he gets released by this weekend.

Fortunately Bro Jon is tough as nails all he was concern about right after the accident what shape his bike was in, hardly a scratch.

The Azusa StreetRiders Ministry

ASR—ANGELS STANDING READY

By Rick Egan April 23, 2022

I am an ASR member from Bloomington, IN, Heaven Bound Hoosiers Chapter.  Recently I was blessed to have another ASR member be an angel to my family.  As a parent/grandparent we can’t always be near to help a family member when they are in trouble.  Such was the case when my granddaughter, who is backslidden, got herself in a mess.  She had gone to Alabama with a friend and became stranded there.  She found someone to take her to Mobile to the Greyhound bus station so she could come home.  Of course she did not have enough money for a ticket and called papa for help.  I got her a ticket and she called me later that night to tell me she was on the bus.  Then I didn’t hear from her until two days later.  She had lost her ticket and was now stranded in Atlanta, Georgia at a homeless camp near the bus station.  I had been to a meet and greet just the week before and the speaker, Bro. Tony Sell, was talking about how we have a network of ASR members all across the country.  While praying on what I should do the Lord brought his comments to my mind.  Immediately I called my chapter president, Bro. Mark Wever, and ask him if he knew anyone from that area in Georgia.  He did.  He called Bro. Greg Pray, and gave him my number.  When Bro. Pray called he said “What can I do for you?”  I told him the situation and he said “I’m a papa too.  I’m on my way”.  To make a long story short, the bus station asked for her confirmation number and issued her a new ticket.  Since she was not in a safe environment in that part of the city, and her bus would not leave out until the next evening, Bro. Pray and his wife took her home, cared for her, then took her back and made sure she got on the bus.  She made it home safe.  I can’t thank the Lord enough for Bro. and Sis Pray!  They were angels standing ready in this time of need.  Please pray for granddaughter Julia’s salvation.

I am always amazed how wearing our patch opens the door to witness and pray for those who are in need of the Lord.  The following is a testimony from a man I met at Rural King in March.

My name is Mark “Grizzly” Gerwig.  I have been in perpetual motion for the last 42 years of my adult life.  I served in the US Navy, survived a dangerous career, and retired.  I continued working overseas as an US government contractor on many different continents.  God has always been with me.  I have not always listened to God.  Unlike Jonah, I never ran away from God.  I did have an issue with what I wanted versus what God’s direction was for me.  Anytime I tried to do what I wanted, God would break me down just enough that my desired goal was out of reach.  I ended up going the direction God had intended for me anyway, although it took me a very long time to recognize this.  A recent series of incidents created two surgeries and 14 months of rehabilitation and recovery.  In the isolation of time, I wrestled with where God wanted my life to go next.  I prayed and read my Bible, and the fires on confirmation were still silent.

One day I was going into the local bank.  I saw an older gentleman with an US Navy hat.  We struck up a conversation that led to God, Jesus, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  He invited me to come to church with him.  I hesitated as I do not like large tightly packed crowds from my time in the service.  The gentleman said that he could see in my eyes that I really needed to go to church.  I did not go to church.  I failed to recognize God’s First Angel.  That labored hard on my mind for weeks.

On March 18, 2022 I went to Rural King to check out the firearms and ammunition stocks.  As I headed that direction I saw a mountain of a man sporting biker gang colors.  I was not only astounded by his size but his age to still be flying biker gang colors.  My fearless curiosity got the best of me as it often does.  I approached the gentleman and politely asked him whose biker colors he was flying.  I also complimented him on being the oldest biker I had ever encountered.  He smiled and said that the colors were not of a biker gang but from a Christian Motorcycle Ministry called the Azusa StreetRiders.  I have been all over the world and had never in my life encountered a Christian biker.  We talked for the better part of an hour about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in relation to witnessing to people as the motorcycle ministry traveled on road trips. 

Near the end of the conversation, Mr. Rick Egan, ask if I went to church anywhere and invited me to come to his church.  Again, I was hesitant.  He reassured me that it was a small church full of a loving group of people from all walks of life.  I said I would think about it.  This encounter was God’s Second Angel.  I had learned from my life’s travels that when God is reaching out to you not to ignore Him.  I labored and prayed over Rick’s offer for salvation from the chains of my past.  I feared that I may scare the church members or say something from my past that would be hurtful to them. God had my attention.  I got up Sunday morning found the church, went in and waited in the back for Rick.  He was not there when I arrived but showed up just as service was about to start.  He was very surprised to see me.   

I, being a hard well-traveled sailor do not cry, but that day I had a steady river of saltwater flowing from my eyes as my heart and soul were set free from all the pain, death, pestilence, famine, and human suffering that I had endured in my travels in service to God and my country.   The Greatest Weight that I was set free from was the concept of “Winning the War”.  My job was never to “Win the War’, but to hold the line against all the evil entireties that would destroy God’s country.  Our United States of Americas One Nation under God.

As my heart healed and the holes in my soul disappeared by God’s Grace, a sign flashed up on the church wall, “You Belong here!”  I was home and set free!!  All this happened because God’s biker was flying his colors that opened the door for me to come home to God’s house.  I am no longer wandering through life, but now to the foot of the cross for healing and salvation at the (Apostolic) Church of Jesus Christ.  God Bless America!!!

Mark came to church that Sunday morning on 3/20 and repented, on Wednesday 3/23 he took part in Communion and Foot Washing, he was there on Sunday 3/27, on Wednesday 3/30 he was baptized in Jesus Name, and on Sunday 4/3 he received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues!!!  PRAISE THE LORD!!!  When we wear our patch we never know what opportunities God will put in our path.  Let us always strife to be angels standing ready to do His work.  I am thankful I could be an angel for Bro. Mark Gerwig!

 

Welcome New Members and Brand New Chapter

I would like to reach out to all our newest members  and take this opportunity to welcome you into the greatest One God Motorcycle Ministry anywhere.

Also Let’s Welcome Our Newest Chapter – Northeast Louisiana Chapter:
Pastor Steve Shane Lester
Bro Robert (Rip) Clements
Sis April Danielle Whitstine Stanley
Bro Nathan L. Stanley

Alabama
Bro James & Sis Savannah Yeager
Jackson, AL
First Pentecostal Church of Jackson
Paster William Hales

Louisiana
Pastor Steve & Sis Candace Letser
Delhi, LA
Pentecost Tabernacle
Pastor Steve Lester

Sis April Danielle Whitstine Stanley
Rayville, LA
Pentecost Tabernacle
Pastor Steve Lester

Bro Robert “RIP” & Sis Lisa Clements
Delhi, LA
Pentecost Tabernacle
Pastor Steve Lester

Missouri
Bro Zachary & Brittany Land
Rolla, MO
Tabernacle of Praise
Pastor Tim Blackwell

Bro Julio & Sis Angelica Figueroa
Brookfield, MO
New Life Church
Pastor Jeff Keck

Ohio
Bro Danny Russell
New Carlisle, OH
Life Way Church
Pastor Ken Dillingham

South Carolina
Bro Kenneth & Sis Maureen Dorn
North Myrtle Beach, SC
Christen Life Center
Pastor Stacy Davis

 

 

 

Welcome New Members We Have A New Chapter

I would like to reach out to all our new members and take this opportunity to welcome you into the greatest One God motorcycle ministry anywhere. Also Welcome our newest Chapter – Myrtle Beach,  South Carolina

FLORIDA
Pastor Charles & Sis Charlotte Shopher
Marianna, FL
Pentecostal Faith Ministries
Pastor Charles Shopher

MISSOURI
Bro Mathew & Sis Rachel Maylee
Vichy, MO
Tabernacle of Praise “TOP”
Pastor Tim Blackwell

SOUTH CAROLINA
Bro Todd & Sis Amy Colosimo
Little River, SC
Power House Church
Pastor Jon Feld

Bro German & Sis Molly Badillo
Myrtle Beach, SC
Christen Life Center
Pastor Stacy Davis

Bro Howard & Sis Sylvia Ketron
Conway, SC
Christen Life Center
Pastor Stacy Davis

Bro Joseph & Sis Abigail Lester
Conway, SC
Christen Life Center
Pastor Stacy Davis

TEXAS
Evangelist Jonathan Ashcroft
Bay City, TX
Peace Tabernacle
Pastor Kenneth Grant

 

Welcome New Members

I would like to reach out to all out new members and take this opportunity to welcome you into the greatest One God motorcycle ministry anywhere.

FLORIDA
Bro Robert & Sis Dawn Van Ness
Weirsdale, FL
Pentecostals of Apopka
Pastor Caleb Hill

OHIO
Bro Kevin & Sis Jenni Harris
Sylvania, OH
FAC of Toledo
Pastor Kris Dillingham

TEXAS
Sis Michelle & Bro Gary Cooper
Sherman, TX
Truth Church
Pastor Darren Gilbert

Sis Carolin Sturbert
Sherman TX
Truth Church
Pastor Darren Gilbert

Sis Ronda Nelson
Savoy, TX
Truth Church
Pastor Darren Gilbert

Sis Debbie Underwood
Denison, TX
Truth Church
Pastor Darren Gilbert

Sis Shanda Nottingham
Denison, TX
Truth Church
Pastor Darren Gilbert

Goodbye 2021, Welcome 2022

So goes another year goodbye 2021 and for many good riddance, Hello 2022! Holidays are about over, the Christmas tree has been put away, the presents are still stacked up in the corner and the decorations have been gingerly packed away until next year. I know it’s been said we can sometimes forget the meaning of the season with all the hoopla going on around us, at home, church and work. As this holidays is now a memory I would like to stop and remind myself as to the greatest gift the Lord has given not only myself but all of those that have been Baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Ghost. Take OUR salvation coupled with the relationship we have with our Lord how can anyone not cherish that more than anything this world has to offer. I know His gifts are poured out upon us, as unworthy as we are, however I also like to be mindful of the “Stocking Stuffers” or what I consider “Dividends” that the Lord grants us everyday and all year long that we receive being a child of God.

These blessing can vary in range and can come in small or large packages, so to speak. I’m talking here about those things we have a tendency to take for granted  or even be overlooked. Events I try to keep an eye opened for in my everyday living. For example not finding your keys after 20 minutes of searching everywhere, only to whisper “Lord please help me find them” and all of a sudden there they are. Pulling into a crowded parking lot and finding a space right by the front door. Maybe a check came in the mail or an unexpected financial blessing. Or perhaps just driving along and out of nowhere the presence of God floods your vehicle and you begin to speak in tongues and know the Lord has just touched your life in a special way.

I don’t know why the Lord had laid this on my heart for the Rumbling’s as an end of year thought, but he has. I just want to say I personally want to be “more mindful” of the blessings that come my way.

The Bible says “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thes 5:18

So one of my goals starting the New Year will be to give thanks for the “Stocking Stuffers” or “Dividends” that come my way all year long  and to be diligent in seeking for them in my life. Thanking the Lord always for the good things he has given me.

But what about when we experience hard times?

I know there are those reading this article and shaking their heads because right now your lives are filled with difficulties and more drama than you deserve. You might not feel or see these the blessing I am referring to right now, perhaps you don’t even feel like looking? You are in the midst of the battle, we have all been there, but this to will pass. Be faithful as our Lord has been faithful and as you are drawn out of this valley remember that God loves and knows you well. Sometimes that is the hardest thing to remember that the Lord Jesus Christ knows exactly where we are and what we’re going through.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?  But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7

So when the Lord does deliver you off the battlefield don’t forget to give God thanks. Our Lord Jesus Christ will be here sooner than we know for his church and in the end it will be worth it all. Do not waver, keep your eye on the prize and that is making it into heaven in one piece. We might be battered, bruised and maybe broken but make it in we need to do. We need to as Paul wrote “Finish the course, and keep the faith”  that is out goal. And if I can add an addendum it would be and pick up as many as we can along the way.

God Bless each and every one of you, your families, your pastors and your church. Be safe and we’ll see y’all at the 2022 Regional “Bind The Strongman” event, let’s all make an effort to be at one.

 

 

 

Thank You Bossier City, LA Chapter

I want to take extend a hearty THANK YOU for the  Pentecostals of Bossier City, LA church, Bro Dean and the Azusa StreetRiders chapter from an excellent job in hosting the 2021 Azusa StreetRiders National Rally. Bro Thwing and his crew hosted our rally flawlessly and in the highest regard of excellence. From all of us again Thank You, a job well done.

Starting out Wednesday night with the Pastoral teaching of Bro Dean talking to us about the Heart of Worship” Than kicking off Thursday morning with a group meeting of the Coordinator’s, Chaplains & Chapter Presidents and anyone else that would like to have sat in. We discussed many topics  the main theme however is going forward the increase of responsibility on these three groups.

We than had a dinner that couldn’t be beat. I would like to thank  Bro Matt, his family and friends who provided (a better term would be “stuffed us”)  us over the next several days, no one went hungry.  the meals were some of the best ever again Bro Thwing sparing nothing in the hosting of this Rally. After lunch we than had a great ride into the Louisiana back roads.

Thursday night service was upbeat and powerful as Bro Tom Harding our new Global Missionary Coordinator presented us with the word of God from his heart and ministered  to all in regards to “purpose” in our walk with God. In addition we raised over $30,000 for Motorcycles for Missionaries” this years recipients so far are :

Bro Scotty Grimm – ALJC East Africa –  2x bikes
Bro Keith Ikerd – UPCI Namibia Africa – 2x bikes
Bro Randy Watts – ALJC India – 2x bikes
Bro Rusty Riddick – UPCI Sierra Leone – 2x bikes
Bro Sam Speer – ALJC Uganda – 2x bikes
Bro James  Waldred – India – 1x Bike

Thursday evening also brought the news of the passing of Bro Mike Powell an elderly ASR member in  Diana, TX and that his funeral was to be held Friday morning. Bro Thwing made an adjustment to our schedule and we split the members attending the Nationals in half. Half went to Apostolic church of Dania, TX to minister to the family and friends and the other half went on the scheduled ride to minister in the opposite direction.

Now I personally need to apologize to Bro Thwing and the Bossier City Azusa StreetRiders Chapter. After we all got back to the church for a fish dinner (yum yum) I called a short board meeting before Fridays night service. Unfortunately that short meeting turned into a couple of hours and the board did not attend the scheduled outreach tent service at the local Harley dealership. This is inexcusable and I apologize for doing that I can assure it was totally unintentional however that does not negate the fact that we missed the most important portion of any rally or event and I hope you accept my sincere apology.

Friday night’s service was again powerful  and Bro Dean ministered to us on God’s love language,  Winning Christ. I do believe the services have been posted on the both ASR Facebook pages.  I also wanted to thank Bro Dean and I hope he doesn’t mind me mentioning this the love offering Azusa StreetRiders presented to Bro Dean for Friday night was given back to Azusa StreetRiders Motorcycles for Missionaries fund and paid for half a motorcycle for Bro James  Waldred during a special offering taken up by Bro Heningan at the conclusion of Friday night’s service.

All in all the Rally was an outstanding success the business meeting went well,  See below for the minutes of the 2021 Azusa StreetRiders Annual meeting. Lastly everyone got home safely which I would like to thank our Lord Jesus Christ for.

2021 meeting minutes

  • Bro Cedric opened in prayer.
  • Bro Randy H & Bro Earp motion to wave reading of minutes, all in favor except Diaz’s.
  • Sis Laureen financial report.
  • Bro Earp & Cedric motion to accept.
  • Bro Randy held election for President & Treasurer
  • All in favor confidence votes.
  • Thanked Theo
  • Bro and Sis Beall given plaque full for coordinators.
  • Install Bro Tom Harding as Global missions coordinator.
  • Bro Randy went over bylaws
  • All in favor vote with permission to correct punctuation.
  • Annual waiver on dues invoice.
  • Dues now 40 per year with chapters raising money on own.
  • Ride waiver for minors needed.
  • Sis. Laureen gave run down on 2022 Rally
  • Tom T gave rundown on Zanesville Ohio biker church rally to drum up support for 2022 rally.
  • Bro Robert gave recap of meeting.
  • BTSM so far for 2022 is Price, Jonesboro. Wooster, Shelbourne.
  • Motorcycles for missions report given.
  • Bro Randy & Tom motion to adjourn

Already looking forward to our 2022 National Rally in Warren OH and stay tuned were going to be doing something completely different next year, see ya there.  God Bless and continue to Make This Ministry Effective for the Kingdom,  Keep the Faith, Stay the Course my Brothers and Sisters were almost home.

Robert Thompson
President Azusa StreetRiders International
The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ

 

A Word From the New West Tennessee Chapter

Greetings from West Tennessee!

I personally would like to take a moment to extend a warm appreciation to Brother Thompson and the Azusa Street Riders community. We are grateful for each one of you and your guidance in this process! West TN is full of Apostolic motorcycle enthusiast. Our first ride was graced with 15 riders!

We’ve grown into 10 paid chapter members with several more planning on joining the ministry! We are wanting to keep the momentum going with rides and outreach even as the riding season is digressing.

We are blessed with great support from our pastoral staff here at FPC Lexington TN ! Last Sunday night we had our presentation of the patches. It was a great night as we celebrated this inaugural installment of this exciting ministry! If you know anyone in the West TN area looking for Christ centered Apostolic riding ministry, then send them our info! Thanks and God bless!

Ben Benfield Vice President
Azusa Street Riders West Tn Chapter
901-293-4469