Brian Allbritton

All I can say is WOW, what an honor to be chosen to be SBC. When I found out, I felt I needed to call and make sure it wasn’t a mistake. There are so many that are deserving of this. Now to do my testimony, I am praying right now for God to just flow out of me on to this paper. I had a pretty normal upbringing, I attended Church on Sundays and was even an alter boy for a while. I played all sports but was really drawn to soccer and played thru college. I was never the smartest guy out there more of the class clown and then late in high school I was diagnosed with ADHD, which explained a lot about why I did the things I did. Close to the end of college I hit a dark time in my life that I hated going thru but yet I am thankful because of where I landed. I spent several years being the party guy and unfortunately I was not able to find my way out of the party. I ignored God and did what I wanted to do but I can look back and know that God was there the whole time saving my life even when I did not ask for it. Man God is Great! As things in my life continued to get darker, all I wanted to do was get out and be happy and stop my lifestyle. Unfortunately when you surround yourself with the wrong crowd, you don’t get the right help. The only way I thought I would ever get out of this was by ending it all. Well as we know how God works sometimes, He will take you almost to the end just to bring you to the top. One of my best friends reached out to me and started to teach me how to pray and how to change my life by not relying on my strength but on the Lords strength. WOW! Did my life change. As I was growing, God was getting my beautiful wife Katie ready. I would pray to God to bring me someone when he felt I was ready and he did. The same friend that pulled me out also introduced me to Katie. I am not even sure Katie knows this but she saved me, she thinks I saved her, but she saved me. Katie has always been a prayer that God answered to help me become the man I am today. I know this is long, so if you need to get up and go to the bathroom, go ahead I will wait. Now that you are back, the best word to describe ABC, is family. I do not know where we would be with out our ABC family. I remember when Katie started going there and she would try to get me to come out and all I could say was NO. I don’t do jazzercise! I lift weights at the gym like a real man does. HA HA HA HA, I was so wrong. I finally came out because she claimed she got the best work out in 20 minutes and I did not believe that was possible. Let’s just say I did not do it in 20, but barely finished. I yelled at Katie for days about how sore I was and that I have to be able to walk to work.  I love how I feel when I leave there and I can’t wait till I get back in there. When we were unemployed for 8 months I do not know what we would have done if not for ABC. The coaches and the brother/ sisterhood that we get when we are there got us passed a tough time. I can say that I love my ABC family and I am so grateful to you all for your conversations, encouragement and support. Channel, Lyle, Alisha, Juanita, Sarah, Gina you guys have created something wonderful and I thank you all.

God Bless,
BA

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