Builder Steve shares story of hope at Norwich dinner
Steve Renwick, a Cambridge builder who admits he once ‘avoided keen Christians’ but whose life – and marriage – was transformed after he surprisingly came to faith in Christ via an Alpha Course six years ago, shared his story at the FGB Dinner Evening in Norwich on Friday November 11 at the Brook Hotel, Bowthorpe, NR5 9JB.
Steve and Michelle were married as teenage sweethearts, but after 22 years, Steve’s life "started to unravel" as he slid into three years of depression at the age of 40, triggered by the loss of his father, work and social pressures, plus a sense of hopelessness “to the point of utter destruction”.
Desperately looking for answers, Steve accepted friends’ invitation to the Alpha Course, which to his surprise was “an amazing journey of discovery”. Steve recalls his early scepticism about committed Christians and adds: “God must have a sense of humour because now I am an unlikely follower of Jesus.”
Today, Michelle and Steve share the same faith in Christ – “I have never been more alive,” says Steve, who is keen to share his story of hope through the men’s ministry that is based at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Cambridge. “When I look back at my life, I realise how many times God’s love had rescued me in tough times without me ever seeing it - or perhaps more truthfully wanting to see it.”
He adds: "It's a love story, really - God's extraordinary love for an ordinary man."
More about the FGB Fellowship
Regular dinner evenings are arranged by the long-established Norwich Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen (FGB), part of a worldwide fellowship in more than 100 nations. FGB is endorsed by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who says: “We need more men like them.”
Pictured above is Steve Renwick