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Ministry to Bikers

Updated on August 27, 2012

HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry

After 20 years of serving as pastor in 2 different churches, we resigned to do full-time motorcycle ministry. We had been members of Christian Motorcycle Ministry while serving as pastor, and had ridden with a motorcycle ministry called Unchained.

When we knew we were changing ministries I went out and got my own bike, took the course and began riding by my husband's side.


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12 years later we have story after story to tell of people we've met along America's highways, at races, rallies, runs, charity events, bike nights and church Biker Sundays.

Our ministry style is to respect everyone we meet, become friends and offer ministry when asked. We demonstrate our faith in our lifestyle.

My husband exchanging emails at a bike event.
My husband exchanging emails at a bike event.

How we plan our schedule.

Fortunately we started out attending annual events.

We do annual events like Sturgis Bike Week, the Black Hills Rally, and in the process, while we're on the road we stop off in a few major cities to minister in churches on the way. At Sturgis we set up a canopy in a campground and serve free coffee to the tent campers who have ridden in from all over the country just to see Sturgis.

When we are able to attend Daytona Bike Week we help friends do a Free Bike Wash. We set up canopies and as the bikes pull in and line up we encourage the riders to go under another canopy while we wash their bike for free. We have reading material for them and answer any questions, while others wash the bikes. We offer them snacks and ice water, or coffee. It's pretty amazing how many people pull in for counsel or prayer.

Run For The Wall is a cross-country ride we do annually from California mid-May to Washington D.C. Memorial Day Weekend. We have met wonderful people in the last 9 years who participate in this event. Dear friends, veterans and more recent active duty military participate. More than 2000 people join this event as we go from state to state.

When we are traveling truck and trailer, we meet people in truck stops, restaurants and campgrounds.

Our theory is that we are in this ministry because of a calling from God, so if He's able to send us, then He is also able to put people in our path for us to minister to as we travel. We call that Divine Appointments.

The vehicle of ministry.

Our motorcycles have become the vehicles we use to reach people who would never consider entering or returning to a church.

Biker Ministry Supplies - Need some materials ....

Here's a start

Motorcycle Ministry our ministry to bikers on YouTube - An opportunity to serve others, and speak of your faith.

Ministry Photos - We love our life.

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A biker stops riding in middle of street to take a cell phone call - in Sturgis.A couple of bikers comparing notes on new paint job on bike.Active duty military group joins Run For The Wall 2010.Bikes staged for another leg on Run For The Wall.Military motorcycles staged for Run For The Wall.Leaving Williams Arizona - It's still quite chilly.HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry bring cold water to Run For The Wall.HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry member stands at The Wall.HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry Logo.
A biker stops riding in middle of street to take a cell phone call - in Sturgis.
A biker stops riding in middle of street to take a cell phone call - in Sturgis.
A couple of bikers comparing notes on new paint job on bike.
A couple of bikers comparing notes on new paint job on bike.
Active duty military group joins Run For The Wall 2010.
Active duty military group joins Run For The Wall 2010.
Bikes staged for another leg on Run For The Wall.
Bikes staged for another leg on Run For The Wall.
Military motorcycles staged for Run For The Wall.
Military motorcycles staged for Run For The Wall.
Leaving Williams Arizona - It's still quite chilly.
Leaving Williams Arizona - It's still quite chilly.
HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry bring cold water to Run For The Wall.
HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry bring cold water to Run For The Wall.
HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry member stands at The Wall.
HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry member stands at The Wall.
HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry Logo.
HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry Logo.

I try to get pictures going down the road, this is taken from our truck - leaving Sturgis 2010 - Funny PHOTO

Bike pulling bike on highway
Bike pulling bike on highway

We passed this guy, I made the hubby slow down and let him pass us on the right so I could get this picture.

He is honestly pulling a motorcycle with his motorcycle.

I didn't get the front of his bike or the back of the one he's towing, because I couldn't adjust my zoom quick enough. I'm never totally ready for a "Kodak Moment."

The group arrives in West Virginia, and the community is along the path to the Community Center to greet us.

The group arrives in West Virginia, and the community is along the path to the Community Center to greet us.
The group arrives in West Virginia, and the community is along the path to the Community Center to greet us.

2011 Free coffee and ice water at Sturgis

 

HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry - Biker Sunday in Barboursville, Virginia

After preaching in a Biker Sunday service and eating a BBQ lunch, the riders leave for a ride through the mountains. Perfect day for a ride.

Worship Music - Some Worship Music

So relaxing and meditative.

Do you have any biker stories, you really meet some great people out there riding motorcycles, surely you've met one!

We hear a lot of stories about bikers. - We get mistaken for a biker club.

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    • bikerministry profile imageAUTHOR

      bikerministry 

      6 years ago

      @BLemley: We also had a bad accident and are so thankful we were spared. Thank you for the kinds words and inspiration. We hope to continue this in some manner as long as we are able!! Blessings back to you for all your visits to my lenses and sincere comments.

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      Beverly Lemley 

      6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I rode to Daytona Beach (not Biker Week) on the back of a '69 Electraglide in 1982. Mishaps happened; I'm lucky to be alive! I do not care to ride motorcycles again, but I can tell you, that your ministry is very valuable to bikers, as they do seem to be searching for that something. Bikers' hearts are huge! Having bikers turned on for Jesus will do a lot in itself, reaching places most folks would never go. Thank you for your ministry and it's nice to read about what you are committed to doing! Keep it up! God bless you both! Ride long! B : )

    • bikerministry profile imageAUTHOR

      bikerministry 

      6 years ago

      @jlshernandez: You are welcome.

    • bikerministry profile imageAUTHOR

      bikerministry 

      6 years ago

      I so appreciate the comments here. We love what we do.

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      jlshernandez 

      6 years ago

      Definitely a fun and creative way of reaching out and spreading the Woed of God. Like Gospel on Wheels. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Such an important ministry, what blessing to share the Word of God with these Bikers. I love Tipi's comment, well said! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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      VSP 

      7 years ago

      Cool ministry!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      "Divine Appointments"....the sweetest way to minister, its all set up and ordered of the Lord in His church without walls.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've met some wonderful bikers even though I am not one. I enjoyed reading your story and look forward to reading more.

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