Man Gets Baptized at Same Church He Vandalized This Year
Brenton Winn is proof that good can come out of evil anywhere in America.
Just eight months ago, Winn, 23, was caught by police in Conway, Ark., after breaking into and vandalizing Central Baptist Church.
At the time, Winn was high on methamphetamines, angry at God and feeling desperate when we went on a rampage and destroyed $100,000 worth of church property, according to the Baptist Press.
He remembers very little from that night.
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“As I’m starting to understand how God works, I’ve realized I didn’t pick the church that night. God picked me,” Winn said to the Baptist Press. “If it had been any other church, I think I’d be sitting in prison right now.”
During a court date, Don Chandler, Central Baptist senior pastor appealed to the judge for mercy. The judge agreed and offered Winn the choice between 20 years in prison or going to Renewal Ranch, a faith-based recovery program.
Winn chose the latter.
“You can’t preach something for 50 years without practicing it, especially in front of your whole church,” Chandler recounted to the Baptist Press. “Had we not shown some grace to him, everything we’ve talked about and encouraged, would have gone by the wayside. It was simply the right thing to do. This was not a hardened criminal. This was a young man who had made some mistakes…he was redeemable.”
During one of his weekly Bible studies, Winn chose to give his life to Jesus Christ and asked to be baptized in the same church he vandalized.
The baptism took place last week.
“I used to think it was a coincidence [that I chose to break into the church that night], but now I call it confirmation that God is real, and He answers prayers,” Winn said to Baptist Press. “What was weighing on my heart was that I needed a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Winn hasn’t completed the entire recovery program yet, and will still likely spend some time on probation.
But Winn is on the road to redemption.