For Joe Polzin Christianity was a formula. Joe attended seminary and became a Lutheran pastor. Over the next 25 years, he taught the scriptures, but something was missing, “I was always self reliant” he said, “I leaned on my teachings and not God.” He said everything he taught about for those 25 years was just words. He hadn’t even put his trust in Christ for the forgiveness of his sins.
In 2009 his son was in a serious car accident, and sustained a brain injury that left him in a coma for 6 weeks. Through the accident, God placed people in Joe’s path that helped him begin to see God for who He really is, and it began to change his life. “I realized I needed to connect to God in a different way than I was living”.
After his son’s recovery, Joe brought his son to a service at Veritas to help him get familiar with the Salt Company so he could get plugged in when he started college. During the service, the worship leader asked a question, “what if you dropped your rules and just met Jesus?”. This question struck a chord with Joe because his faith had been built on rules, it was all just words to him. That was the ground breaking moment for Joe. He began to dig into the scriptures and they meant something much different than they had before.
“I had been teaching about God, but not leading people to God.” Joe left his job as a pastor, and began following Jesus.
Over the last two years, Joe has searched for what God has for him next, and has been without a career. Joe has a heart for the needy and has been looking for a career helping them. “God is trying to teach me to discern His will” he said, “He has a place for me and I don’t know what that looks like yet”. He has spent his time seeking God and deep in the Word.
Since talking with Joe, he has accepted the role of Interim Executive Director at Mission of Hope where he is able to spend his time helping the needy in our community.
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