Taking a new step of faith, a newly organized Christian group made their public debut at the London Harley Davidson dealership on July 29.
Biker Faith offers a Christian-oriented group of bikers who make no secret of their profession of Christ and further dispels the remaining derogatory image of motorcycle riders coined in the 1960s – focusing instead on allowing bikers to do even more good deeds for the local areas.
Ernie Martin of Lexington originated the event after meeting Wildcat Harley Davidson manager Shane Richmond at an event last year.
“I told him about my idea and he said he’d be glad to help out,” Martin said. “So we planted the Christian seed and formed this ministry.”
The event served more so as an awareness event rather than a fund raiser, although those participating in a ride did pay a fee. Those funds will be utilized to organize future events for the Biker Faith programs.
“Biker Faith’s purpose is to share Christianity with people who do not normally think of Christianity as an option,” Martin explained. “It’s for Christian people who like to ride bikes to share their faith. People not only did not turn down the opportunity, they also volunteered to help out.”
The event was the launch of Biker Faith in London as well as the first public event held to promote the ministry. Martin said there are no dues, no fees, no membership – simply an event-based ministry. But that ministry needs sponsors such as London’s Wildcat Harley Davidson dealership as well as people who will speak at the events. Martin said anyone is welcome to participate in the events or as speakers, which is not limited to just bikers. The primary goal is to share Christ’s love with others.
“We have a theme – “one name, one face, one testimony,”’ Martin continued. “We want to give encouragement to every person to make their own decision and to go to God for their healing.”
Guest speaker at the London event was Lil Wolf, a retired chaplain for The Outlaws. Lil Wolf said being a part of Biker Faith allowed him opportunities that were often denied to others. Dressed in the T-shirt and riding pants, Lil Wolf projected the picture of the traditional biker. But through his testimony and informal dress, he has proven effective in spreading the love of Christ to a variety of bikers, homeless and hopeless individuals.
“When I gave my life to Christ, I had a vision that I needed to stay in the club,” he explained. “Since then, it’s been a great story. People who knew me back in my wild child days when I was drinking and partying and racing motorcycles saw a difference.’
That prompted many of his friends and acquaintances to approach him.
“The change in me was showing more and more and some of them started asking me questions about the Lord,” Lil Wolf said. “The Heavenly Father has given us chances to come to him.”
Most of the problems of the world today, he said, are because people are searching for something that seems difficult to reach.
“These people who have problems with drug and alcohol abuse are looking for something. There’s an emptiness in their life,” he continued. “But Jesus Christ is the greatest high there ever is.”
That’s why Lil Wolf is involved with Biker Faith – and has organized his own Christian program – Lil Wolf Ministries, and is planning to go to California to witness to others.
“We’re taking a group to tour towns with problems with drugs and homeless and hopefully, bring them to the Lord,” he said.
Also present at the event were members of the Christian Motorcycle Association, whose mission is dedicated to allow motorcyclists to enjoy their bikes while spreading the love of Christ. CMA was established to spread the word of God and reportedly have been involved in 13.8 million salvations worldwide with millions of other commitments. Their ministry has contributed more than 2,595 bicycles given to indigenous pastors, evangelists and workers to help spread God’s love and more than 600,000 Bibles distributed in the United States.
A local chapter for the London area is always welcome to new members and is headed by Bruce Lipsteuer for the Reborn Riders Chapter #935. He can be reached at (606) 620-6018.
To learn more about the Biker Faith program or Lil Wolf Ministries, visit their respective websites.