Claudia Hildebrand

I was lucky enough to be raised in a home that was filled with a deep love for Christ.  Knowing Jesus was something I always carried with me, not saying that my journey of faith ever went without a hitch but there was never a moment where I didn’t know who he was and what he had done for me.  

I hadn’t attended church in sometime when a friend of mine asked me to join her one Sunday. This one Sunday led to more and more Sunday’s mornings in the pews at WMBC. In one service the speaker talked about how we can “piggyback” off the faith of others instead of making our faith our own. This made me rethink how true my faith and my journey with God really was. 

I got home after service and realized that, although my parents were the greatest example of followers of Christ, I had not really pursued a relationship with God beyond them; they were the middleman. That day I decided I wanted to know Him, straight from the word, a direct line. 

That day I started studying my Bible, not just reading it but picking apart who Jesus was and is. The more I read, the more I wanted to know and the more I fell in love with all that He is. To this day I feel as though I have barely dipped my toes in, but thus far it has been a journey so worthwhile. I cannot say my pursuit of him has come without many, many faults, sins and struggles but I have seen his hand in it all. 

Getting baptized today means more than I can put into words as it is a life long commitment. It’s not only taking His name but also declaring to the world what He did and is doing in my life. I couldn’t be more excited to spend the rest of my days new in Him and spreading his message of love. Today I am beyond blessed and grateful to be making this decision in front of you all.

please pray…

“That my relationship with Christ grows stronger and deeper and that my curiosity doesn’t fade. That I am constantly curious about new things about Him and that continues to grow.”

full baptism service