My name is Tyrone. I am 35 years old. I moved to the Cape when I was twelve years old. I grew up in a single parent home with my younger brother Brandon. We were poor. At a young age I began hanging out with older cousins who got me involved with the party life style. When I was fifteen I got my girlfriend pregnant. She was a very smart girl who had skipped grades and was already getting accepted into colleges. Her father did not approve of me or the situation and he made her get an abortion. After this happened I felt so guilty and responsible for the death of my child that I went insane. I hated teachers and parents. Anyone in a place of authority I fought against with my heart and soul. My life and actions became very violent and out of control. Weed made me paranoid. I became a severe alcoholic. It seemed to ease my mind and bring comfort and peace.
In 2002 Spencer, who had been a friend of ours, was murdered and the reality of life really hit home. I began to think about how short and precious this life is. One by one, a lot of our friends, including my brother, began to change, to give their lives over to Christ. I saw this and knew that it was what I needed too. My friends showed me the way. Almost ten years later I have been transformed. My mind and spirit have true peace and happiness. I’m married now for nine years to a beautiful wife who I am in love with! We pastor a church now in Blackstone, Massachusetts. My life has been completely changed by the power of Jesus Christ.