his life to follow Christ after almost dying, Pastor Pickle made
good his commitment to God, and began attending church regularly.
He searched out Christian bike ministries and began working in and
implementing new programs within the ministry. As he began to
expand and reach out in other ways to do God’s work, he decided to
start his own ministry so that he could walk the path that God was
leading him into.
In 2002 he formed
Hands With Prayer Motorcycle Ministry. He took a bold step for
Jesus when he went to a bar where he used to frequent, and asked the
owner if he could hold Sunday morning services at the bar. As you
might suspect, God had prepared the man’s heart. His answer to
Pastor Pickle was, “If you think that’s a good idea.” Thus began
the first ministry of Hands With Prayer Motorcycle Ministry. The
bar was closed from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday mornings, and
services were held to present Jesus to the people who were in
attendance at the bar. Pastor Pickle put out flyers advertising the
services, and people came. Perhaps many, because they were curious,
and found it hard to believe that “Pickle”, at least the one they
knew, could be the same person. They discovered he was physically
the same, but Jesus had come into his heart, and on the inside, he
was definitely a different man.
In 2005 the bar
was sold, and the new owner would not allow the services to be held
there. Perhaps because what Pastor Pickle was selling was in direct
conflict with what the bar had to sell. He began to pray and ask
God to show him what to do, because now he had a following. God
opened doors, and donations were given to rent the building.
On May, 2007
Pastor Pickle changed the ministry to include a church. God has
blessed HWP Ministry and church. As time passed HWP rented the
space next to the ministry and put in the church, complete with
pews, a baptistery, and now even a van to haul children. When the
church first began there were only a couple of children who attended
there. A children’s church was started, and the children’s group
began to grown. On any Sunday, the church served between 50-75
people, with a roll well over 100. The children’s church served
between 30-40 different children. In 2008 a HWP Cushing, OK chapter
was formed. It is pastored by National Vice President, Tim
and his wife Carol. In 2010 we rented additional space
and added a sanctuary for worship services. God has blessed us
with a band called Hands With Prayer Band, and is continuing to grow
the church and ministry.
morning services were held in the sanctuary from 11:00 to 12:30.
Wednesday night Bible Study was held at the Outreach from 7:00 to
8:00. God opened doors that have never been opened before in
allowing Pastor Pickle to also become the first Christian Unity
Chaplain for many bikers. We are believing God will open doors for a
church where His service may continue to grow.
Pastor Pickle has remained faithful, and true to his promise to
serve wherever God leads.