Testimony of Senior Pastor Dylan Crozier
I was born in beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada. Prince Edward Island is on the East Coast of Canada and is the birth place of Confederation.
My parents operated a potato and dairy farm just outside of Summerside. When my eldest brother was thirteen he went to a Revival Meeting with our cousin and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour. My Mother went with him the following Sunday to see what they were teaching her son and that day she gave her life to Jesus, as well. A few months later my father followed. My Mother was 35 at the time and our home was never the same. It seemed like every time the doors of the Church were open we were there. My Mom was constantly studying the Bible. My parents were always ready to be a bold witness for Jesus Christ.
While I heard the Gospel every Sunday, and saw it lived out by my parents, I decided early that I would become a Christian after I had enjoyed life a little. My impression of Christians was their whole life consisted of Church and Bible studies. All the things I thought of as fun like movies, dancing, theatre, bowling, etc. were considered sin by our Church and were taboo.
I did enjoy Church and for several years was president of our youth group and loved going to Bible Camp every summer.When I was 15 I ran away from home and went to Toronto where my brother was working while going to University. He got me a job there which I held for three summers during high school. I came back for the winters and finished High School.
After I graduated High School and just before I was to go back to Toronto, I was doing some painting for my Aunt Jean. While we were eating dinner she looked at me and said “David, when are you going to accept Jesus into your heart?” She totally caught me off guard! Tears filled my eyes and she gently led me into the living room and led me to the Lord. I remember afterwards walking down the hill to my Aunt Lillian’s, where I was living. I felt so free and clean I felt I was floating. I had no idea why I had waited so long to do this. My life has never been the same since.
My family talked me out of returning to Toronto and soon I was working for Scotia Bank and accepted into their 18 month Management Training Program, at which I excelled, and within two years was Assistant Manager over a staff of 70.
When I was 21 I was accepted into the three year program of New Brunswick Bible Institute. I married early and my two daughters were born while I was at the Bible Institute. God miraculously supplied all our needs during these three years. After graduation God brought us back to P.E.I. where I worked with the Summerside Bible Chapel and a few years later founded the Hampton Community Chapel which is now known as Island Wesleyan Church.
Sadly during this time my marriage ended and I moved to Victoria, British Columbia where I managed an apartment building for three years. During this time I met and married my second wife. We were to realize later that we should have just remained friends. For five years I operated Christian based drop-in Counselling Centres called “Our Place”. We averaged about 100 drop-ins a day. In 1990 I was voted Surrey Citizen of the Year for my work with street people. The police said the crime rate dropped drastically during this five-year period.
It was during this time I came to terms with the fact I was same sex attracted. I was 40 years old. This was something I had fought against my whole life. Looking back I realize I had known this face since I was five. I moved back to Victoria and went for counselling five days a week for approximately three months. During the years I had fought this attraction and was loyal to both my wives and buried myself in ministry. It didn’t work. It is hard even now talking about it. My heart still hurts that I hurt and wounded these two beautiful ladies. Thank God we are all friends today.
Several months later I moved to the West End of Vancouver and found a Metropolitan Community Church that was welcoming to same sex attracted people. I made some wonderful friends there which I have to this day. I was to meet many people who have struggled all their lives with the same issue as myself.
A little later I was introduced to a Bible Study Group called Liberty Community Church. A few months later a building was secured and a church began. I was asked to be one of three pastors. Eventually the name was changed to Rainbow Community Church and eventually Lighthouse of Hope Christian Fellowship. I have been involved in leadership in one way or another for the past 25 years. God has used Lighthouse of Hope as a lighthouse for many broken and ship wrecked people who had lost all hope of being a Christian. It has been my joy to see many lives changed over the years through the grace of God.
God has blessed me for the past 14 years with a wonderful spouse who is as committed to Christ as I am. Together we have served the Lord and plan on doing so until the Lord returns for His Church. God does not make junk and we are all deeply loved and precious in His sight.