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Retired/ Co-Founder : Thank you Dave for your Love of Christ and The community

Dave Arndt


I have always felt the calling in life to make a differnece in peoples life, even before I was a Christian.  This may be part of the reason that at the age of 21 I decided to pursue a carrer in Law Enforcement.  I hoped that I could make a difference in this world. I hoped to make a difference in peoples lives.  As a Police Officer, I certainly made a "difference" in peoples lives, but was I really making a difference in their lives that counted?  Was I really making a difference in the world? 

Nearly ten years of dealing with the same people over and over, putting them into jail one day, and seeing them back out the next.  This cycle of putting people into jail over and over again became depressing.  What was I doing wrong?  This was a question I would ask myself often.  Although I did not witness to all of the persons in the back of my squad car, I would witness to many.  I would even give them bibles and tracts, but these too were often the same people that I would put back in jail the next day. 

There are two people that have probably had the greatest influence on my life.  Jesus Christ is, and will always be, the person that has had the biggest impact.  Without Him, I would still be lost and I would still be without hope.  On May 5, 2002 I made Jesus the Lord of my life and since then my life has never been the same.  The second person that has the biggest influence on me was a young precious child who never even lived to be a year old, Braley Grace LaFavers.  It was because of her life, and through her death that I allowed God to see the bigger vision of changed lives.  Braley Grace, is the reason for Beacons of Grace.  You can read her story on this website. 

On August 13th of 2011 I resigned from my job as a full-time Deputy Sheriff and surrendered to God completly into ministry.  God gave Brad and Cheryl LaFavers, Braleys parents, and I the vision of Beacons Of Grace, a minsitry of restoration, revovery and second chances.  I am also Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church Quinlan where I am able to preach and teach weekly.  I am so excited to be a part of the work that God is doing in Quinlan and South Hunt County.  Please continue to pray for me and this ministry and we try to change lives, change communities, change the country and change the world one life at a time.  God bless you.     

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