Church for Teenagers
Need to talk?
Well, that's all we do!
A new life is just a prayer away!
We meet every other Thursday from
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
**Call or text me @ 717.686.1476 for add'l details and dates.
What's up......My name is Paul...I am 40 years old and a former troubled and hurt teenager.
I grew up near Pittsburgh and moved to Harrisburg in 1998. I married my DREAM GIRL (Unok) that same year and we have two beautiful little girls along with a mini poodle named "Sassy"
Before Jesus Christ changed me I was a man who cursed every day of my life for 25+ years, I lied, cheated, shoplifted, robbed poor people, vandalized & destroyed property, robbed houses, did drugs, drank heavily, slept with prostitutes and got a sexually transmitted something, paid for an abortion, abused animals, almost died drinking and driving, bullied kids, made girls cry, hurt my family, used girls for sex, committed adultery, struggled with internet porn and impersonated an undercover detective in Korea. Moreover, I was depressed, empty, felt alone, hated people, was afraid to leave my house and ultimately decided to take my own life. I spent time in the PA Psychiatric Institute (PPI) in Harrisburg coupled with years and years of counseling. Counseling and medicine provided temporary relief but I was never at rest and never had peace. My life was a stupid roller coaster ride of highs and lows. I was so close to killing myself that I could feel the presence of darkness all around me.
I just wanted the pain to stop and I always thought "If I'm dead - no more pain!"
I felt the coldness of a loaded 20 ga. shotgun barrel. I could actually taste gunpowder!
That is until July of 2002 (as a complete last resort) when I simply cried out to a God that I didn't believe in. I just couldn't believe in a God that let me suffer every single day of my life!
I hated any mention of GOD!!!!!
I wasn't the church type! I didn't want to be around goofballs telling me how God could fix all my problems.
However, I was completely alone and knew I needed this so-called God.
Little did I know my life would never be the same!
Everything became brand new! No lie. Brand new everything!
New thoughts, new feelings, new desires, new interests and most importantly a new life! One week I was driving around Harrisburg listening to my new (Eminem CD) and the following week I desired Church music - Really? What?? I didn't know what was happening to me! I didn't need anyone to tell me that Jesus was real. I experienced him on my own and I no longer needed proof from any man. I turned away from my sin and accepted the God that was waiting for me the whole time!
Nothing weird. nothing goofy. nothing strange. Just faith!
I'm not some religious psycho with Grandma hair wanting your money. I'm not a therapist. I don't get paid. I don't want anything from you except your willingness and desire for a new life. I have the pleasure of teaching the Bible to some of the most beautiful teenagers I've ever met. I cannot wait to get to church on Sundays to just hang out and read the Bible with them.
That's kinda how the idea for SAFE HAVEN CHURCH came about. A place for teens to hang out, share their hurts, pains, struggles, etc... (without fear of being judged, analyzed, embarrassed or attacked).
Real teenagers..........sharing and healing together.