Rev. Aaron J. Kilby
Here are some words that describe the first 25 years of my life: Drunk. Addict. Thief. Homeless. Violent. Lost.
When I was 21, I gave my life to Christ. I remember where it happened, down in the muck and mire of a completely inwardly dead young man. I still remember my first encounter with the Holy Spirit and it went like this: “Aaron, why does everyone use My name as a cuss word?” I know that God saved my soul that day, but I was so deep in the pit I had dug for myself that there wasn’t much Light in my life. Four years later, I finally emerged from that mess and began to build a new foundation...
I was born as Aaron James Hill to a 16 year old girl who I believe did her best and loved me, but I knew the man I called dad was not my real father. I never felt unwanted but I did feel like I was different and somewhat abnormally born. After I gave my live to Christ and began to grow, I asked a little Bible study I attended to pray that someday I would meet my real father. With the help of some faithful friends and the Internet, I was finally able to connect with the father I never knew and, at 22 years of age, I let him know I was alive. He hadn’t even known I existed.
God has a great sense of humor – wouldn’t you know he was a pastor and also a rescued soul? He had been just 15 when he briefly knew my mother. After a few visits to Dayton, Ohio where he lived, I was able to move there in 2003. Eventually, I began serving in the ministry and in 2006, I was also ordained.
These days, I am not known by my past, but by how the Almighty God has blessed me.
These are the words that describe me now: Husband. Father. Sober. Honest. Servant. Redeemed. Bold. – All because of the hope I've found in Christ!