‘Biker pastor’ to speak at revival

‘Biker pastor’ to speak at revivalBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

“What do you have to lose?” said Wayne Cheselka, the ex-atheist “biker pastor” who will speak at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene for its Revival Weekend beginning Friday, Sept. 14.

Cheselka – a retired Sergeant of 20 years with the U.S. Army, motorcycle enthusiast and born-again minister – will speak on his life’s ups and downs and the path to finding his faith.

“If you like what I have to say, this is great,” he said. “And if you don’t, you’ll get to hear about an hour of really good stories. What do you have to lose by not coming? And there’s so much to gain.”

The revival event begins Friday, 6 p.m. at the church, 571 N. Norma St. A men’s and women’s ministry program will be Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., respectively, followed by rivals at 6 p.m. and again on Sunday, 10:30 a.m. The event will feature music by worship group “Ezra’s Hands.”

Wayne and Joy, his wife of 24 years, live in North Augusta, S.C., where they retired after both serving in the army. For the last 14 years, he’s been a support contractor for the Army Signal Corps.

He is also part of the Nazarene Motorcycle Fellowship, an international organization whose members minister to motorcycle clubs and also provide motorcycles for traveling missionaries.

“I love the motorcycle ministry, but I travel all around preaching at all different kinds of events, telling people about my story and about Jesus,” said Cheselka. He is also the author of “Moments with Jesus,” a Christian daily devotional.

“I was radically transformed almost 20 years ago,” said Cheselka. “I was in the military and I was abusing alcohol and living a very destructive lifestyle – one that had the potential to affect my career and destroy my family.”

“I wasn’t raised in the church, but the Lord put some people in my path – like the woman I married. I started to question my beliefs and got to asking very serious questions like ‘what’s going to happen to me after I die?’”

Cheselka served in the Army from 1982-2002 where he did a tour in Germany, two tours in Korea and was stationed in Georgia, Kentucky, Texas and Monterey, Calif. He was also stationed at the Fort Irwin National Training Center just a few hours from Ridgecrest.

For more information about the event, visit rcnazarene.org/bulletin-board.

Pictured: Joy and Wayne Cheselka

Story First Published: 2018-09-12