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Chris Papazis
Executive Pastor
RockChurch – East Peoria, IL

My Story


Refueling on the runway in Rome, Italy on the way to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm – October 1990

 As a 21 year old soldier deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm I became very fearful that I would not return home, but would die in battle. Awakened to that realization, one evening while walking alone out in the desert sand, I had a conversation with God. In all honesty, I was trying to bargain with him.

You see, we had been receiving intelligence briefings that said there was a good chance many of us would not make it home alive. Saddam Hussein’s troops were just too tough. Battle hardened after 8 years of war with Iran, they would fight hard and inflict many casualties. Perhaps wiping out 50% of the unit I was assigned to.

This kind of bad report jolted me into the reality I spoke of previously and caused me to initiate my conversation with the Almighty. It was pretty simple, actually, and went something like this “If you get me out of here and let me return home alive, I will serve you for the rest of my life.”

Well, God was faithful. Me and by brothers in arms from the 2/5 Cavalry Regiment all returned safely to the U.S.
Not long after I got back, I wanted to follow through on my promise to God. As I began seeking and asking questions, several people shared the gospel (good news) with me. Something resonated deep within me – this was it. I made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and accept the forgiveness he purchased for me on the Cross.

Although I had a good start, and began to serve him, it wasn’t long before I fell back into my previous lifestyle that consisted primarily of drinking and partying, but didn’t include God.

Fast forward several years later and my life was a mess. My drinking and partying had run its course leaving me addicted to alcohol.  I had a beautiful two-year old daughter, but my marriage was in shambles leading to my wife and I separating. I ended up in Dallas, Texas as a single parent. This is when it really hit. I realized there was no way I could raise this precious little girl without help. I knelt next to my bed and began my relationship with God afresh.

Over the next few months my entire life was reshaped. The desire for alcohol fell away from me and all I desired was to know and experience God more.

That was over 21 years ago, and I have never been the same! I continue to be a work in progress, but by his loving grace I am definitely not who I was.

And because of who he is and what he has done in my life, I am passionate about my Savior. Along with that passion is a strong desire to help others experience what I have. To help people win! The Bible has thoroughly transformed my life, and because I know the power it has and what it can do in one life, I am eager to share it with others.

Thanks again for visiting. May God richly bless you and yours!



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