"It was the hardest thing I have ever experienced, but God's hand was behind it all."


If you have known Chase for any length of time, you have undoubtedly seen him carrying along his guitar nearly everywhere he goes. Chase loves to sing & worship!

But, you may not know that this young man has faced many hard things. HIs joy is not the result of a happy personality. HIs joy is the result of experiencing grace. As he says: “It was the hardest thing I have ever experienced, but God’s hand was behind it all.”

Several weeks ago, Chase shared his testimony at church. Read along to hear more of how God has been at work in his life.

When I was almost three years old, I experienced something that no child should have to go through.  My mom and my biological dad got a divorce.  It was the hardest thing I have ever experienced, but God’s hand was behind it all.  

Not too long after the divorce my mom met Chris Pritchett.  Before long, mom and Chris got married.  As I got to know more and more about Chris, I found him to be one of the godliest men that I know.  I wouldn’t want any other man in my life to call father.  I still get sad sometimes when I think of my biological dad, but I have a heavenly father above and a father here on earth that show me unconditional love.

When I was in elementary school I struggled with the sin of anger and feared the future.  When I was in the sixth grade I went on a youth retreat to the beach.  The theme verse for the retreat was 1st Timothy 1:7.  In this verse Paul was telling Timothy that God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.  This verse affected me in ways that I didn’t even know were possible.  Along with being affected by this verse, I came to trust in Christ and sensed the Holy Spirit’s presence in my life for the very first time.  Throughout these first five years of my new found life in Christ my anger issues have disappeared, and my fear of the future is starting to go away.

I am so grateful for the numerous Christian friends that God has given me.  And I feel extremely blessed to be a part of this church plant with all of you in our little town of Athens, Tennessee.  Thank you all so much for being there when I need prayer and encouragement.  God saved me from my anger and I know he can save you if you just ask Him.