The Word of our Testimony: Rick Troutt

In tandem with our sermon series on the Book of Acts, we thought it would be helpful if the leadership of the church each shared their testimony. Testimonies are powerful. They’re personal stories of what God has done in our lives. Along with the blood of Jesus, Revelation 12:11 says that we overcome the Enemy by the “word of our testimony.” Our hope is that through this series of articles, your faith will be strengthened, you’ll get to know all of us better, and you’ll see that Jesus can and does redeem all kinds of people in all kinds of ways.

I grew up with no exposure to Christianity. As an only child I was raised in a home where arguments and alcohol were the norm. My parents divorced when I was 12. By the time I was 15, a time when I needed my Dad the most, he died from complications of alcoholism. He was 42. My mother married another alcoholic, this time one who was also physically abusive. Within a few years, that marriage ended. Thankfully. However, my mother suffered long term physical effects from the abuse.

I accepted Christ on March 19,1971. I felt that I had acquired salvation. Sadly, that’s all I understood. No one was there to disciple me; I had no real understanding of who Jesus was or what my relationship to him could be. The Baptists, the Methodists, and the Lutherans tried to explain it on occasional Sunday mornings over the next 35 years. I just didn’t get it. I married in 1974, because it seemed like the right thing to do. We had a beautiful daughter. But by 1979 the marriage had ended.

I married again in 1980, to the person who has loved me when I have been at my most unlovable. She has believed in me and stuck with me through the most terrible times in our lives. Our son was born in 1982. Soon after, my mother, who had been the one constant in my life, passed away as a result of the abuse she had suffered at the hands of my stepfather. My world began to crumble. I slowly faded into what I refer to as my decade of insanity. Through my selfish, arrogant behavior, I came very close to destroying my relationships with everyone who had ever loved me. My wife, my children, my friends.

In December 2006, I walked through the front doors of Orchard Hills Church. For the first time in 54 years I left a church service feeling good, even hopeful. I actually wanted to come back to hear more about this Jesus who wanted to have a personal relationship with me. Scott made a statement that was a turning point for me, “Everyone wants a savior, no one wants a Lord.” That was me.

On November 10, 2007, on an Emmaus weekend, I was able to lay down all my selfishness, arrogance, pride and brokenness and surrender to Jesus who has redeemed all the darkness in my life.

I hope you can see the results in the man I am today.

Rick Troutt
Community Care