House of Protection, Inc. (formerly known as House of Hope, South Florida) is a Christian, non-denominational, not-for-profit 501(C) 3 organization, reaching youth ages 5 to 18. We are a refuge of hope for children, teens and their families, providing Pastoral Counseling, Community Workshops and a future Residential Program. We serve families in the Tri-County area of Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade. Our office is located at 600 SW 3rd Street Suite 5100L Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Over 20 years ago, my life was radically transformed when the Lord and I had a real encounter. I say a “real encounter” because I actually grew up in the church. Although back then going to church was simply what I did because my parents did it. No sooner was I old enough to decide for myself did I vow never to step foot in another church again, and off into the world I went. The street of New York City Spanish Harlem was where I went to find the ‘real’ meaning of life. What I found was me addicted to everything and anything I could get my hands on. Although it took a while I realized life is definitely not about me and the Lord simply said – “Choose this day.” From that very moment this New York Rican had a life altering godly experience. Although change and growth did not happen immediately nor did it come easily at all, but I sensed God had a plan for me and my family’s life. A plan that included me attending the school of hard knocks, addictions, homeless, and my family not wanting me around, the military, a war, separation, loneliness and desperation. But He eventually turned all that around and gave me beauty for the ashes that I had made of my life. It was through a personal relationship with Christ Jesus and the direction and guidance of my spiritual father Pastor Douglas O. Bowne and my spiritual mother Pastor Linda Wilkins who literally poured the Living Word into me and I grew in the Lord and continue to grow each and every day and each and every way.
I know what it is to fell unworthy, unloved and generally lost with no real direction. Then I was introduced to the power of God’s grace. Acts 20:32 “And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
Only by His grace could the brokenness be mended. If someone told me years ago that I would be a Pastor, married for 35 years, father, grandfather, speaker, worship leader, counselor, and teacher I would have never, ever believed them. Yet here I am dedicated to living by example and encouraging everyone to live up to their full potential in Christ with humor, warmth, transparency and strength in our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.