I am writing this post in hopes that people who have not met me can know certain, crucial things about who I am.
Even though I grew up in a christian household by two loving parents, I still was able to find myself in a large amount of trouble. During high school, I attended Towle Institute. I struggled with sin casually as most high school christian boys. I found myself drifting through high school with a very surface level relationship with God backed by a large amount of information about who God is, which helped with the visage of “good christian young man”. I moved on to attend Delaware Technical Community College for my first two and a half years, and during this time I was given more freedom than I had in high school. With the freedom, I did not use it to serve the Lord, but instead used it to selfishly serve myself. I found myself waist deep into sin by the end of my freshmen year. . . drugs, girls and alcohol were my motivation of life. I won’t go into extensive detail of the large amount of sinful activity that I conducted and participated in my Freshmen and Sophomore years of college, let us just say that it resulted in federal crimes. Feel free to take me out to lunch if you’d like to know more of my early college days.
What matters most is that someone reached out to me from BSM during those years, Chase Lockard had told Karlyn Shultz about BSM and in turn she told me about “a college youth group”. I went to a large group and for some reason was showered in love and acceptance by Mary Elizabeth and Kelsey Maier. I began to find myself attending BSM on tuesdays and partying the rest of the week, the fellowship of loving christians kept me wondering more and more about BSM and my relationship with Jesus. This pattern continued until Jess Casula forced me to come to Passion 2012, and it was there at Passion that the Lord spoke directly to my heart, and it was a very simple message “Stop these stupid patterns of sin”. After Passion I was reading the Word daily, everyday, twice a day. I began to renounce old sins and sprint after Jesus. All during this time, becoming more and more involved in BSM.
One year later, after much spiritual growth, Blake accepted me onto the Servant Leader team at BSM. I lead a guys small group for the remainder of my 3 semesters of College, now at Goldey Beacom College. It was during this time that the Lord began to reveal to my heart that a life of ministry is where he is calling me. This past summer, after I graduated from Goldey Beacom with a Business Administration degree, I went on a missions trip to Puebla, MX for a month and stayed with missionaries in Mexico. You can read more about my missions trip here below. Just copy and paste the link.
I am currently a BSM intern, just as Jamie Gavejian was last year. I am also, doing landscaping with my dad to fill in the hours that I am unable to get from BSM. I am an Southern Baptist Theological Seminary student at an extension center in Columbia, MD, beginning to work on my Masters of Divinity. I live in Newark with Dinaker Mallya, John Stonkus and Kevin Thomas. I have regular expenses just as every other person does, which is why I will need to raise funding to continue being a BSM intern. I hopefully plan on being involved with ministry for the rest of my life. In my next post I will go into detail of why I believe BSM needs an intern.
Feel free to text / call / set up a lunch date with me to know more about me.
Charlie Roland (302) 353-0460