Biker Church Reaches Out to the Tough Guys


A dozen black Harleys are lined up in the parking lot of an unassuming building in Anaheim, Calif. Burly guys in leather jackets and tattoos hang out on the small grassy lawn. It looks like a Hells Angels rally, but actually, it’s a church.

On this particular Saturday, about 100 members of Set Free Soldiers, an evangelical motorcycle ministry, are gathering for their annual men’s retreat to fellowship and hear the Word preached.
“People see these scary toothless guys ride up on motorcycles and no one expects us to be Christians,” said Stephen “Pitstop” McClain, one of the bikers attending the retreat.
Set Free Soldiers is a outreach group attached to Set Free Worldwide Ministries, a sometimes-controversial church founded by the charismatic convict-turned-Christian, Phil Aguilar.
Aguilar, who is known as “The Chief” to his biker brothers and “Grandpa” to his 21 grandchildren, became a Christian while doing time for assault in Chino state prison. He then decided to turn his back on a life of addiction and violence and instead “get high on Jesus.”
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Jordan Lee