About

Hello, my name is Kris McFadden.  I would like to share my life story that is rooted in the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I grew up in a suburban town in northeastern Pennsylvania.  At the young age of 5 my life took an unexpected turn.  My parents began to have serious problems which ended in my father dropping me off in my mother’s driveway which would turn out to be the last time I ever saw him.  My mother has been with me and also for me ever since.  She never gave up on my through all of my problems.  My mother remarried when I was about 8 years old.  I have a sister, step-sister and a step-brother.

Throughout my childhood I spent almost all of my time playing sports.  I played baseball, basketball and the sport I excelled in which was football.  I dedicated my life to being quarterback on the football team.  I spent many days throwing a football at a tire and dreaming of playing in the NFL.

I was the starting quarterback in high school for 2 years.  During this time I would be out with the guys drinking and acting a foolish young kid that thought he knew it all.  I met a girl during this time and the relationship lasted until I went to Junior College where we ended up facing a crisis pregnancy that we decided to terminate. We were both scarred by the experience but neither wanted to admit it, and the relationship ended.

I went on to East Stroudsburg University and continued my football career.  I found myself as the starting quarterback by the 8th game of the season.  This was a huge turning point in life.  About the 15th play of the game I found myself rolling out to the right to attempt a pass and then it happened.  I was slung to the ground and my collar-bone ripped off my shoulder.  Now what? No hope, nothing but pain.  The Doctor prescribed me pain medication that slowly took hold of my life.

At age 23 I began selling while at the same time doing drugs.  I found myself in places I had never been before.   I was selling drugs and  destroying lives and I didn’t care one bit.  I woke up on July 19, 2006 to the State Police in my apartment.  At this point I realize that I am finished!  I am in the county jail getting ready for a 7 year prison sentence.

Little do I know what is going to happen next.  My mother searches and searches for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center to get me enrolled into get me off drugs while at the same time getting me out of a long prison sentence.  One day while sitting in her room at home sobbing over the phone book the light in the bedroom turns on while she comes across a place called Teen Challenge.  Within a couple of months I go before the president judge of the county on unrelated charges seeking a bail reduction and he actually grants me permission to enter into Teen Challenge.  I end up in our Western Pennsylvania center on November 8, 2006.  Through the message of law and gospel I received everyday for 2 months I strangely found myself in the chapel of the Western Pennsylvania Teen Challenge on January 1, 2007 where I had an encounter with the Sovereign God of the Universe.  I realized my sinning had been in direct violation of everything that God is and I cried out to him ‘God have mercy on me a sinner’.  He heard me that night and by His power changed my position before him from guilty condemned sinner to declared righteous, justified.  He began to change my affections and direct them to Himself where they rightfully belong.  By His great power He preserves me throughout the rest of my stay as a student at Teen Challenge while causing growth in my life both mentally and spiritually.  Finally, I am graduated from Teen Challenge in October of 2007. At this point we are now in January of 2009 where I re-enter the court for sentencing.  I am extremely nervous and expecting to be placed in prison for 2-4 years.  I am not alone during this time.  I have my mother standing with me and another person who has been an extremely instrumental man in my life ready to fight this out with the District Attorney’s office.  This is like something you would see in a movie.  The arguing back and forth between both sides continues to  increase the energy in the room.  Eventually the judge decides that he is going to send me back to Teen Challenge with our Executive Director to complete our 3rd and 4th phases.   This still continues to amaze me as I reflect on the goodness and power of the Lord Jesus Christ to change things according to His good Providence.

During my entire stay at Teen Challenge I had a desire to find the girl from high school that I had the abortion with and apologize for the way I treated her and explain the transformation that had occurred in my life.  At this point I stay on in our Extended Training Program where I am afforded limited time to begin my search for her.  I begin looking on high school reunion sites which prove unsuccessful.  Finally one day a good friend of mine mentions a site called Facebook.  I had never heard of this but I was willing to try.  I create a profile and begin looking and right before my eyes there she is.  The feeling running through me was extreme excitement while at the same time feeling a terrible fear.  I couldn’t believe it but the Lord gave me grace to write her and seek her out.  I explained to her that I wanted to speak to her, to apologize for the way I acted when we were in high school.  She was very skeptical but accepted meeting me to hear what I had to say.   The meeting was uncomfortable for me but I was able to share my testimony and apologize for what previously took place.  We continued to talk after this and what began as an apology became a friendship.  This friendship developed into something that I thought would never happen and we began courting.  Immediately I knew this was a God thing.  I was extremely nervous but excited at the same time.  I had found the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.  I asked her to marry me on January 1st 2008 after courting for only 2 months.  She said yes and we were both overwhelmed with the reconciling grace of the Lord.  We were recently married on June 27, 2009 and we are expecting our first son to be born on May 23, 2010. I am now serving on the staff at Teen Challenge as the workforce development coordinator and I am extremely excited for all the Lord has done in 3 short years.  This is one of those stories that truly displays the greatness of God.  Our story continues to amaze us and we are so excited that the Lord would be so gracious to grant us another child together and we look forward to raising him together as a redeemed couple by grace.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my testimony.  I hope you are blessed by what the Lord has done!  God bless!

Update: 4.19.12

Well since I last wrote on my ‘About’ tab a lot has happened. My son Isaac was born on 5.26.10 & we also had a beautiful little girl named Ayriana Grace on 8.12.11. I began working on a Master’s of Arts degree focusing on the Old Testament in 2011 as well. These are major events and I wanted to inform the reader of what has happened recently. God Bless!

Comments

  • Mike Jeshurun  On October 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Dear Brother Kris,
    I read through your whole testimony and am once again amazed at how God works so sovereignly in bringing His elect into the Kingdom. Yours is an amazing testimony of God’s amazing grace. Very few ever reconcile with their old girlfriends and even get to marry them. Usually men who come to the Lord have to sadly leave their girlfriends behind because their girlfriends are not Christian. But your case is such a marvelous exception. The Lord not only saved you but your girlfriend as well.
    I guess the Lord did this to assure you that all the sinful decisions you made (like with her first pregnancy are all FORGIVEN and now under the Blood of the Lamb) O what a great and merciful God we serve! As He says- “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” [Isa 1:18] Praise His glorious Name!
    I am so blessed by your testimony, Kris. May the Lord bless you and your beloved wife and the child to be born. “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it”! [Prov 10:22] Stay in touch dear Brother. My email is – mikejeshurun@gmail.com
    Love
    Mike!

    • krismcfadden  On December 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Thank you for the encouraging word! It is amazing to see how the church is brought together by the Sovereign One of the universe. Thank you. In Christ, Kris

  • Prayson Daniel  On June 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What a story 😮 God is simply God. Thousand thank you for a powerful and gripping testamony. Thank you and again I say thank you.

    • krismcfadden  On June 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Hi Prayson Daniel:

      In response to your kind words last summer my wife and I were able to have a short video recorded which provides an overview of our story. You can check it out on: krismcfadden.wordpress.com!

      Thanks,
      Kris

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