Annie is publicly declaring her faith through baptism tonight! Check out her story below:

My name is Annie Hager.  I am a Christian, Jeff’s wife and Matthew and Rachel’s mother.  After 28 years in executive media management, I now work for a non-profit.

I am from a religious Midwestern family and was baptized right after birth.  It was a loving, hardworking, educationally-focused, hopeful childhood, full of adventure and wonder…and it ended too soon with the early death of my parents.

I was lucky in love with Jeff and blessed with two beautiful children.  I raised them just as I was raised, except we were financially stressed, and, without a family safety net, I was unnaturally insecure.  I worked harder to strategize, manage and control every aspect of life as I insatiably strove for more and more.  I know God was with me at this time.

The more successful, the more chaotic, fast, demanding, unforgiving, compromising, ever-changing professional life became, I kept climbing because I was still searching for something more.  How much is enough?

Then, the company I had worked for pivoted, deciding to go political. So my career ended before I had planned.

Now life became oddly calm, serene and quiet, except at night.  I woke three nights in a row with dreams that I was deceived and I had to find the truth.

I studied and studied, and found lies at the bottom of every rabbit hole I dove into.  Then my search brought up a Bible verse from Thessalonians.  I read it and fell to my knees because I knew it was my dream and it was the undeniable truth.

The more I read the Bible, the more I discovered that I was not a super hero. I was obstinate and strong-willed, living a sinful life.

I realized I need Jesus’ sacrifice to save me, I need to learn to trust that I am forgiven and I need to change from being a controlling person to an obedient child in God’s ever-loving security.

I am humbled to know that God got my attention when I finally quieted down to listen. He loves me so much that he wanted me to know the truth, to live according to his Word, and find what I was searching for… the peace of salvation.

I found Grace Community Church and attended Starting Point and Foundations.  Carol and Kevin Spaulding supported me in both classes. I now read the Bible, watch Bible videos, participate in Bible studies and ask thousands of questions.  Plus, I even learn from volunteering at kidZone.  I am like a child again, full of wonder with every amazing detail of God’s Word.

I am no longer afraid. God is a loving parent and has warned me through his Word that the life of a believer is not easy.   I want to live an obedient life according to his will.  Even when something bad happens, I want to use it to glorify him.  I desire to know him better and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me discern truth.  I know that God’s mercy woke me and the blood of Jesus Christ has saved me from myself.

I want to get baptized as a public symbol of my gratefulness and love for my Savior Jesus Christ, and my renewed desire to follow his example and live according to God’s Word.

Baptism at Grace

During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!

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