The Elephant Room: 7 Pastors Share How They Came to Know Jesus Christ


Seven pastors of some of the largest churches in the U.S. shared their own personal testimonies of conversion to Christianity in a few short, concise sentences during the final session of a theological roundtable at Harvest Studios in Aurora, Ill., Wednesday.
(L-R) T.D. Jakes, Jack Graham, Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, Wayne Cordeiro, Steven Furtick, and Crawford Loritts appear at “The Elephant Room” 2012 roundtable on Jan. 25, 2012.

During the “Speed Round” of the Elephant Room Round 2 – a gathering of seven prominent church leaders in the Christian community – pastors were asked to give short answers to several questions asked one at a time. Their answers gave a revealing look at their personal lives, not commonly known in some cases.
The all-day conference moderated by pastors James McDonald and Mark Driscoll was designed to challenge participants on perceived theological and teaching style differences. Although the leaders never engaged in a heated conversation, some of the thoughts shared at the conference have become fodder for further debate.
The final round was a chance for the pastors to simply give short answers to several questions on a more personal side. The lead question for the half-hour session was, “How did you come to know Jesus Christ?”
Their answers as transcribed from a recording of the Elephant Room Round 2 by The Christian Post are below.
Crawford Loritts, senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Ga.:
“I was 13-and-a-half years old. I have a sister that was older than me and she really surrendered her life to Christ and I saw a change in her heart and life. She invited me to the church where that had taken place even though I had grown up in a Christian home. I went there and saw the infectious love of the Lord Jesus in those people. I came back the next Sunday. Altar call was given and the pastor said to me, ‘Son, what is it that you want from God?’ And I said I want to be saved. That’s how I got started.”
Steven Furtick, co-founding pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte:
“My mom raised me in church. I got dragged to a Baptist revival when I was 16. A guy there named Jody took me aside and told me about having an authentic relationship with Jesus. I got saved and got real radical and addicted to what I am doing today – trying to influence people for Jesus at age 16.”
Wayne Cordeiro, founding pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Honolulu:
“I thought Christians were freaky and so I would hide from them a lot. I went to college and I loved music. God used music and brought a Christian group and when I heard them use their music and share their songs and their stories I thought Christians must not be that bad. It really opened my heart. I still use a lot of music and use a lot of arts to present the Gospel.”
Source: Christian Post | Alex Murashko