Bob MacLeod - Hickory, North Carolina

Bob MacLeodBob MacLeod - Hickory, North Carolina

     I was born to Christian parents in 1966 in Okinawa, Japan, where my father, who was in the Air Force, was stationed.  From my first days I heard the gospel and of my need of a Savior.  A few years after returning to the United States we lived in McKeesport, Pennsylvania where I went to Sunday school at the McKeesport Gospel Hall.  As a child I never had to be convinced that I was a sinner and needed salvation.  I had a fear of being left behind at the Rapture.  Sometimes at night I would listen at the door of my parents’ room; I wanted to assure myself that they were still there, that the Rapture had not occurred.

    As I got older I spent several summers with my grandparents in Hickory, North Carolina, where I regularly attended meetings at the Hickory Gospel Hall.  During one visit, at the age of 10, I remember sitting in a meeting during which Mr. Jesse Howze, a man from the congregation, was preaching the gospel.  I don’t remember specifically what he spoke about but I became convicted of my need of a Savior. As I sat there on the bench, I simply accepted the truth of John 3:16

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son.  That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

...that “whosoever” meant me, and I accepted the gift of God’s Son as my Savior.

   I was baptized in the Atlantic Ocean in North Carolina at the age of 14 while on a retreat with the Carolina Christian Fellowship church where my parents attended at the time.  I was received into assembly fellowship in the Hickory Gospel Hall at the age of 18, and have been in happy fellowship ever since.