We’re getting closer to Baptism Weekend! Be encouraged by Roxanne’s story and get ready to watch her get #dunked.

My name is Roxanne Golliver. I have been coming to Grace for the past 5 years. I’m very excited to finally make this next step of faith in dedicating my life to Jesus Christ.

I did not grow up in a family that believed in Jesus. It was a very dysfunctional home without a lot of love. As a child through to adulthood, I never felt love. I was full of constant worry, fear and anxiety. I was fearful of life in general – always worried about how I was going to survive, who was going to take care of me?

I was always going at a fast pace, trying to fill a void in my life – in my soul. Living an unhealthy life of a constant merry-go-round of trying to find meaning in nightclubs, parties, and then going to work and starting all over again the next night. If I could just have the right friends, clothes, be seen in the right places, date the right kind of man – life would be OK. I was trying to find significance in all the wrong places. I still felt that massively empty void of hopelessness and despair.

God was pursuing me during this time – I just didn’t know it. He kept placing loving Christians in my life. One of those Christians was my manager at a company I used to work for. She would talk to me about Jesus, and I would listen but tell her I was not ready. I lived in Los Angeles at the time. I eventually relocated to the east coast, but I kept in touch with my manager, and all that time she was praying for me, and God kept pursuing me. She prayed for me for over 10 years!!

I eventually accepted a position here in DC. When I moved here, I didn’t know anybody. I was extremely lonely and depressed. I did not have the type of family that I could turn to for love and support. One night I was feeling a sense of hopelessness and despair. I was on my knees crying out to God. Out of the corner of my eye I saw this small book in my bookshelf. I opened it and through tears I started reading these testimonies from people who accepted Christ into their lives. I don’t know what it was about their stories, but I wanted that. At the end of this small book was a prayer I had never heard about. But for some reason I knew that I needed that prayer. I said a prayer of salvation and I knew immediately that something had changed. I felt the love of Christ and knew that he entered my life and I was changed forever.

My walk has not been without struggles. God is still working on me, showing me what love truly is. As someone who did not grow up in love​,​ that’s been my deepest struggle – accepting and understanding unconditional love. However, I am finding that, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we truly get adopted into a new family. God has blessed me with a true sister in Christ, and that person is my side by side​,​ Sue Brady. I can’t tell you how much I love her and her family. Even in the Christian family I find it’s hard to find people who open up their lives to you like Sue and her family has to me. She is truly a testament to how God is always active in my life. He brought them into my life to walk beside me. I’m so honored to have her baptize me.

My other sister in Christ is Lilian Alade. ​I ​have a tendency to isolate myself when feeling overwhelmed and anxious. However, the last time I did that I had these two incredibly wonderful sisters in Christ kept calling me to let me know that they were not going to let that happen.

God has also placed me in my small group and we have truly become a group that wants to grow together and live out our Christian walk encouraging and helping each other. I’m blessed with that group!!

So this decision to get baptized is a way to show my love for what Christ has done for me and to dedicate my life to Jesus who died for me.

Thank you for reading my story!

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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