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Stories of Others Living Deeply

At Cedar Springs, we see you – and we’re with you. We know what it’s like to be overwhelmed with the hurriedness of life. We also understand the feeling deep inside you for something deeper than you’re settling for now. In fact, we believe God created us for those deeper things, and we want to help you discover them.

Below are a series of stories from people right here at Cedar Springs. Some come from great experiences while others were walking through hard times. The unifying thread through all of them is a life living deeply in pursuit of Jesus.

I’m Patton Dewalt, and this is how I’m living deeply. It’s been five and a half years, and I was only in sixth grade, but I remember everything. October 11, 2018 was the day my older brother almost lost his arm. We were on a family camping trip in the...
I’m CSPC Ministry Resident Matt Kerr, and this is how my family and I are living deeply.   This is an exciting, full, scary, and hectic time in our lives, but it’s also more than I could have hoped and prayed for. God is doing something totally new in me and...
I’m CSPC Associate Director of Counseling Ministry Stewart Scott, and this is how I’m living deeply.  I grew up in a pretty hard environment, pretty abusive home, experienced some pretty hard things. I saw, and broke up, a lot of domestic violence and experienced sexual abuse outside of my home....
I’m Andy Holt, a pastor here at CSPC for 28 years, and this is some of how I’m living deeply. God has been so good to me. I was successful in the world’s eyes, but life was so empty. And it was that emptiness that God used to first start...
I’m CSPC elder Julian Smiley, and this is how I’m living deeply. She’s not lying there beside me at night. After 50 years, that’s a strange feeling. I cried a lot during the 9 months we were losing Nancy. I still do. There’s no question in my mind God brought...
I’m CSPC elder Jim McKinney, and this is how I’m living deeply.  Remember when six students were shot in eight months around Austin East High School in early 2021? I’ve been connected with inner city ministry work for over 30 years, and these fatal shootings made me so sad. What...
We’re CSPC members Ben & Lucinda Bailey, and this is how we’re living deeply. Lucinda: “I’d had the girls’ room decorated in my head, even though we hadn’t met them yet. My adult daughter was going to come down for the summer; help us get adjusted, adapted. So it was...
I’m CSPC member Pam Stovall, and here’s more of how God has been working in my life, enabling me to live deeply.  Mary Mitchell was a spunky little redhead. She loved donuts, loved to laugh, loved life. When we were in New York for her surgery, we would stroll her...
I’m CSPC member Pam Stovall, and this is how I’m living deeply.  My dad was very controlling. If I agreed with him, I felt like he loved me. But if I challenged him, if I questioned him -I mean, just in everyday conversation- he would become very angry. Sometimes he...
I’m CSPC member Jeff Haun. A man once told me my biggest strength was my vulnerability, so here’s my honest story of living deeply.  I didn’t have a great childhood. I didn’t have a dad who loved me. I had a dad who spent more time telling me how much...
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