It’s a sobering reality to come to, pun intended. In some way, we are all addicts! Some use drugs, some use alcohol, some use screens…The list goes on. When addiction impacts your life, you will inevitably come to this question, “God, where are you?” With a brother, three father figures, and a mom who all struggled with addiction, Pastor Billy shares how God has worked…in all things…to draw him into the love of Jesus Christ.
Bio: Billy Newell serves as the lead pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Bloomington, IL. He is a husband to Kristen, a dad to Josiah, Addison, Naomi, and Evelynn, and a follower of Jesus Christ! Born in Houston, Texas, Billy did not grow up in the church. Using a few high school friends, Jesus chased Billy down and invited him into a life serving others. God saw fit to prepare Billy through a Business Administration degree at Concordia University, NE (Go Bulldogs!), a Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and a fair bit of the school of hard-knocks. If you were to run into Billy on a random day, he would probably be listening to Lecrae, riding his gravel/mountain bike, or watching one of his kids achieve amazing goals! Sometimes all three at once! Today, Billy is grateful to share the love of Jesus that others so graciously shared with him!
Youth and adult sessions recorded at the 2022 LCMS Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. For more information about the Gathering, visit www.lcmsgathering.com.