National President candidate
I realty debated weather or not to expound on my bio more than what I have on the Azusa StreetRiders web site, I would rather let my six years of service and sacrifice on the Azusa StreetRiders board reflect my desire to see this ministry grow and keep on track. Since the other candidates chose to do so I didn’t want anyone thinking I was obstinate to the request.
What Azusa StreetRiders means to me? It is and always has been a tool for reaching souls in a pastime that I enjoy. When we think about it this is the best of both worlds. I purchased my first Harley in 2008 and made a promise to my wife I would not ride or as we put it “fellowship” with those who were not in church unless I had another brother accompanying me on the ride because as the bible says she didn’t want me to be “unevenly yoked” so I adhered to her request. After 20 years of begging her to let me get a bike I thought it was the least I could do. Now for those he-men out there don’t puff up to much, you know what I am talking about. And for those who might want to say what kind of christen am I who doesn’t want to share the gospel with sinners and spread the word of God you don’t know me to well, I hurt for lost souls. You see I came out of the drug under world in Miami, FL as a cocaine dealer in the 70’s and early 80’s and I won’t go into that aspect of my life any more here but I will say I always want to be protective of my walk so I do try not to put myself in comprising positions to fail. So I have done my best to keep that promise to her.
To be transparent for the first six month’s or so I was so disappointed and not having as much enjoyment as I thought riding would bring. I did have an opportunity to witness to a few but always felt something missing. I had been 4-wheeling for many years and loved it; now on a 2-wheeler I was hoping the experience would be similar however riding by your self is no fun and well to tell the truth I was discouraged. However Jesus loves his kids and so one day my pastor came to me and told me about the Azusa StreetRiders Ministry I imminently call Rev Robert Knight “The Rev” and I was excited that in the next couple of weeks they would be sponsoring a ride here in my own back yard the Smoky Mountains. So I loaded up and met them at the Iron Horse motorcycle park in NC and I found what I was missing. That Sunday we went to the FAC Maryville church for the first time, Bro Kenneth Carpenter’s church where years later my wife and I have now become part of.
I have only been in three churches in my 30+ years walking with Jesus, one if Florida where I both a Sunday School teacher and youth leader for a number of years, one in Oak Ridge, TN when we moved here from FL in 2001 and our current church FAC Maryville after the pastor in our Oak Ridge gave up his ministry. Upon arriving at FAC Pastor Carpenter insisted we start an Azusa StreetRiders chapter there and so we did, he has been a firm supporter of this ministry since we arrived.
The Maryville chapter has sponsored many local events and two well attended Azusa StreetRiders National Rally’s. I have worked with the ALJC, UPCI organizations and local pastors on events, mostly within the state of TN such as the National Men’s Conferences and General Ministry Conference. The TN Men’s Conference in Nashville and the East TN Conference in Greenville TN. Organizing display booths and day rides. In addition I have attended many, many of the other Azusa StreetRiders chapter rides and supporting those events both with attendance and financially. On several of those I could not attend we as a chapter sent a donations and support when ever possible. In addition I have had the pleasure to be the State of Tennessee coordinator for many years promoting this ministry to other pastors through out the TN district.
I can really go on and on and forgive me if I sound boastful that is certainly not my intent. That is one of the reasons I do not like writing about myself and was hesitant even doing so. I pray daily that the Lord Jesus Christ extends to me a humility and contrite spirit. I think this is enough said for now.
I do want to say something about Brother Michael Theodore who is also running for President, I count him a dear friend of mine we just spent several days in Washington, DC a few weeks back where we were representing the Azusa StreetRiders at the Rolling Thunder Ride. Being a US Army veteran I know it touched me as it did Bro Theo standing in place of his son. This is also one of the things I do not care for in running for office I never want to bring anything between us and I know Bro Theo well enough to know he feels the same way.
In closing, I want the will of the Lord for this ministry and if the good Lord chooses Bro Theo as the next President of the Azusa StreetRiders I will stand in support of his position and make myself available and be his humble servant in any way I can.
God Bless this Ministry and God Bless America
TN District Coordinator
The Apostolic Motorcycle Ministry of Jesus Christ
First Apostolic Church (FAC), Maryville Chapter, Maryville, TN
National President candidate
Michael Theodore BIO: Hello my name is Michael Theodore (aka Theo). I live in Warren, Ohio with my awesome wife my best friend sis Theo. I attend Pentecostal Community Church in Jefferson, Ohio where I am the sound booth leader, home prayer group leader with my wife, and motorcycle ministry leader. I am the ASR national road captain and the Ohio coordinator.
What Azusa Street-Riders Ministry means to me; Fist off I would like to say ASR became a part of my family. This minis…try is very personal to me. I came into ASR back in 2010 and ASR has forever changed my life. I was out of church for four years over something basically stupid and I got very hurt and bitter over it to where it was starting to make me go into a depression. On March 31st 2010 my life was forever changed when our son was killed. I realized heaven and hell are real and that we are not promised tomorrow. It took a very tragic accident to wake me up. A friend from our church knew of the Azusa Street-Riders and told my pastor about it. I remember that day clear as can be. My pastor took me and my son-in-law and a few church members down to my first ASR biker Sunday in southern Ohio. That day started what I call my bond with my ASR family. My Pastor knew that this ministry would help me and I have to say without my ASR family and the Lord I would have gone into a huge depression.
My burden to reach the lost through this wonderful outreach has gotten bigger, not only for Ohio [which we have grown tremendously], but I also have that same vision to see us grow nationally. I have a strong passion for this ministry. We all need to be united in unity with the same passion and vision to move us forward.
Our vision as members should all be the same to reach lost souls. Thank you Bro Beall for founding this Awesome ministry where we all take our love and passion of riding motorcycles, then mixing in outreach with riding. I love everything about ASR and what it stands for. I am a man who doesn’t like titles I like to run under the radar so to speak. I am so deeply humbled and honored to be even nominated for President.
Please pray for God’s covering and unity over this election before you cast your vote. I will fully support this board whoever gets elected. I love you all may God bless you all.
Michael Theodore (aka Theo)
National Treasurer Candidate
Lydia Diaz Bio, Position nominated for: Treasurer
I started in 2008 working the ASR website and store. My husband and I became Roaming Ambassadors for ASR in 2010. We would go to many events as ASR representatives during the course of the year and helped with starting new works in the churches using motorcycle ministry as an outreach. In 2011 I was voted in as Treasurer for ASR and I am currently still in that position. I have over 30 years experience in bookkeeping and accounting and I used to serve on the school board as well as the SJ chapter board. Most importantly is that I have a desire to reach lost souls. I was called when I was in 3rd grade and have had a personal relationship with God while growing up. When I was 22 I was lead to a church that preached the truth and it has been 38 years since I was baptized in Jesus Name and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. We are more than just a board we are representatives of Jesus Christ.
ASR is the Army of Jesus Christ and the gifts of the spirit are our weapons. Prayer and fasting will allow us to use our weapons in spiritual warfare and we will be victorious.
6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
National Treasurer Candidate
Laureen Theodore Bio: Hello my name is Laureen Theodore from Warren, Ohio. I have been married to Michael [Theo] for 31 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I have been nominated for Treasurer. I have 11 years of banking experience with 2 of them being in charge of the computer program of the bank employees training for federal compliance. I am a first generation Pentecostal and have had the Holy Ghost for 35 years. I have been the Sunday school superintendent for …5 years, Vacation Bible School director, part of the praise team, alter worker, home prayer group leader, part of the outreach team and the ladies eastern region chaplain for Azusa Street-Riders.
What the Azusa Street-Riders ministry means to me; My life was forever changed on March 31st , 2010 when our 19 year old son was killed in a tragic car accident. Since my son rode motorcycles with us a friend suggested my husband check out the Azusa Street-Riders. Michael along with our pastor went to a biker Sunday in southern Ohio a couple of months after the accident. The people we have met through ASR have become family to us. The ASR members that have known me from the beginning know that for me ASR was all about my husband and his healing. I was just in the background trying to figure out where I fit in while dealing with my own grief. Because of this amazing ministry and the people that have been there for me and prayed for me it has changed my world. Three years ago I began to feel like I was a part of this ministry and had a purpose of my own instead of just following my husband, we are now in this together. The Azusa Street-Riders ministry is in my heart and soul and it is my desire to work together to see this ministry grow and be a blessing to others as it has been to us. As always pray for Gods will and purpose when making your decision on who to vote for. Thank you and may the Lord richly bless you.
National Vice President candidate
Bro. Randy Hennigan; Below is my personal bio that has been requested.
I received the Holy Ghost in Starks, La at the age of 10 years old. I attended the First Pentecostal Church of Starks until I married my wife, Stephanie, in 1994. We continued to worship in Starks until we moved to the Apostolic Church in Beaumont one year later. While there, I worked as a music teacher and actor in their dramas. In 1998 we moved to Landmark UPC to help Pastor James Lee. I have participated in the Church in a… Day Program as an electrician for a number of years. While at Landmark, I spent most of my outside preaching agenda at home mission churches in the Texas District. In 2004 due to a secular job change, the Lord moved us to New Orleans, La. At that time, the Pentecostals of Kenner became open for a new pastor and we have been here ever since. We have watched the congregation grow from just 10 people to 60 before Katrina. After the storm, we again started with 10 folks and now are in a newly remodeled sanctuary with over 60 people again. Much prayer, fasting, and community involvement accomplished this. We actively engage in a community Angel Food Ministry and neighborhood prayer rallies. In the time we have been in Kenner, two full time evangelists have been sent out of the assembly and are doing great things in the kingdom. The section saw fit to elect me as the Section 12 Sunday School Director position for three years. I have been involved with ASR for the last three years and currently hold the Secretary position for the SELASR. Other hobby are hunting, fishing, golf, and ham radio. My secular career has been in Global Sales Management and Project Management.
National Vice President candidate
Hello my name is Scott E. Culver and I have been nominated for Vice-President for the Azusa Street Riders (ASR) motorcycle ministry.
I retired from the U.S. Navy as Chief Petty Officer after serving for nearly 22 years as a Chief Hospital Corpsman. During my time serving this great Nation, both during times of peace and at war, I learned how to serve the needs of people. Some of the few notable assignments I experienced included leading medical departments on four nuclear class submarines and a seven state region for the U.S. Marine Corps as Regimental Corpsman providing medical services for deployments of Marines to South West Asia (e.g. Iraq and Afghanistan). While serving on active duty the Lord continued to put the revelation of His Word into my spirit as I began this great journey to apostolic faith. In this, I became a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA) where I experienced the joys of ministering the Gospel while associating with others who ride motorcycles coming from different denominations of Christian faith. After joining CMA and involved with different state chapters, I assumed multiple positions from Road Captain up through chapter Vice President. When stationed in Norfolk, VA, I was instrumental in establishing a new chapter for CMA in Suffolk, VA which grew to over 30 members during a short three month period before being transferred to Kansas City, MO.
As a first generation apostolic, I received the full revelation of Jesus Christ which led me to be baptized in Jesus Name and filled with the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance. My brother, Rev. A. Lea Culver (G-OH) was instrumental in discipling me and my family teaching Bible studies and other Spiritual conversation. In 2011, Lea Culver baptized me and my family in the Name of Jesus Christ at Life Church, Pastored by Rev. Stan Gleason (O-MO). My influence in this great and fantastic apostolic message continues to come from Lea Culver, Pastor Gleason, Pastor Ken Dillingham and others that have faithfully supported me and my family as we became grounded in the church.
Soon after being established in the church I received permission from Pastor Gleason to join ASR where I continued my passion of motorcycle ministry and reaching those that others are unable to reach. Soon after joining ASR I was instrumental in establishing a new chapter (MOKAN Chapter) based out of Life Church in Kansas City, MO which grew to ten members. Since establishing the MOKAN chapter I served as President and later was appointed by the National board as the State Coordinator for Missouri. After receiving the appointment as State Coordinator I led the startup of several new chapters established throughout the Missouri District adding many new members to join this wonderful and successful motorcycle ministry.
My ministry development continues to evolve by teaching bible studies and discipling people to Christ, and with the completion of three semesters at Purpose Institute.
Motorcycle Ministry Positions Held:
CMA Chapter Road Captain (Washington) 1997-2004
CMA Chapter Vice President (Virginia) 2005-2007
ASR Chapter President MOKAN (Missouri) 2014-2017
ASR National Retention Committee 2016 (One year assignment)
ASR National Committee Member 2016-2017
ASR State Coordinator (Missouri) 2015-2017
Motorcycle Ministry Leadership Accomplishments
Christian Motorcycle Association
- Held key positions including Road Captain and President
- Established new startup chapters
- Established new members; over 50
- Coordinated regional rallies and rides
Azusa Street Riders
- Held key positions at local Chapter, District and National levels
- Established new startup chapters, three in Missouri
- Established new members, up to 30 in Missouri
- Serves on National Committees
- Coordinated and led chapter rides
If elected; as a member of the Board I will continue to seek the Lord first and follow the by-laws of ASR when serving with members of the National Committee. I will use my broad experience established in over 22 years of service to the U.S. Navy and our great Nation and years of progressive motorcycle ministry leadership to help guide ASR to new levels of ministry and growth.
Vice President Candidate
Mark Hardin Bio
It is with great appreciation that I submit this not so short bio for our ASR
constituents to consider for the upcoming elections. I’m a country boy at heart and
not much for politicking. It shows the growth of this organization that we have
multiple candidates capable of carrying on the vision of this ministry.
I’m a third generation Apostolic minister. My grandfather and dad both exampled a
love and concern for souls…in both the physical and spiritual needs. My grandpa
came out of the world during the prohibition days. He made his own brew back in them
hills of southern Indiana and never backed down from a fight. When he came to the
Lord, at a brush harbor revival, he fought for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Clarence
Hardin left an example of miracles, signs, and wonders for me to believe in.
My dad followed suit by starting or reviving several churches from Indiana to South
Dakota, Louisiana to Illinois. No matter the challenge his example taught me to
persevere and hold to Truth. He cared for the soul, disregarding race or social
I briefly mention these men because it is their combined example that has provided
me a heritage of serving others. When I signed up with ASR it was after 2yrs of
meeting some of the leadership. I had started several interest based outreach
programs, such as “Christian Trail Rides”. If I could get them to ride a horse with
me long enough, I could share the Gospel with them. As I heard the heartbeat for
souls coming from those I met (and I already rode a bike with a group of neighbors),
I was all in. I never dreamt of moving into any further leadership role other than
wearing a patch and leading people to Christ by what it represents…this Acts 2
Coming out of High School, I didn’t know what I wanted to be or do, so I had the
opportunity to travel with a band called David and the Giants as sound man and
roadie. That “gig” led me to Bible College in Houston TX, then came home to a 30yr
carrier in the printing industry, with management, sales, and business development
experiences. All along, serving in our local church in just about every capacity
except pastor. I had a life change in 2010 when the company I worked so hard for was
bought out by another and they let our whole sales staff go. I knew the Lord was in
it, but it was still a painful separation. I then determined to move more full time
into the ministry, which has led to writing a book, “Cultivating a Culture of
Caring” and beginning to evangelize when the doors open.
I am a principled individual that finds my strengths in organizational skills. I’m a
softer spoken evangelist that believes if the Spirit moves it, nothing will be able
to stand in front of it. I’m on a hunt to find the same keys that the Book of Acts
Church had with God…not so that we can display power, but that God will speak to
and through this earthen vessel to meet the needs of hurting people. If the lame
walk, the dumb talk, and the blinded eyes are open then there will be no need for
outreach. The lost will be coming to you. One thought I would leave with us…if the
ASR Ministry can tap into the same Holy Ghost power that was given to our
forefathers, then we can turn this world upside down by the power of the Holy
Spirit. One would not need to doubt if he/she has received the Holy Ghost, for once
a Holy Ghost filled ASR Member lays hands on them, they shall receive and It will
evidence with speaking with other tongues…following closely behind…love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, kindness… It is our lacking that
causes many to not receive. I’ve said it many times, “I have not arrived until my
shadow heals the sick as it did in the book of Acts!” Wouldn’t it be appropriate
that those who have been set free, and feel such freedom when the wind is blowing in
our ears, that we would become Apostles of the Gospel to such a degree that we are
called upon to bring revival to churches and whole communities…as they did in Acts
when folks had not received the Holy Ghost, they called for delegates to come and
lay hands on them that they would receive. That, my brothers and sisters is what we
are called to do…in the jailhouse to the church house!
I pray that gives you a glimpse of who I am…my heartbeat…my dream for the ASR
Ministry going forward. My old pastor told me many times, “Mark, don’t bring a
problem if you don’t have a solution to offer. Go pray till God provides some
direction and then bring the problem.” I’ve found that to be sound advise, and, it
makes me pray before I do anything else.
I would close with this…we have great men and women already in leadership, and we
have the same in the various candidates that have been nominated (nominated not
running…I believe is the theme, so it makes it hard to commercialize and politic).
So, whoever the body votes into any position, you will not hear me moan and
groan…I will continue to win souls and grow this great outreach ministry to the
best of my ability in the area in which I am contained.
God bless and keep you all…I look forward to seeing all of you in Texas!
I hope this special addition of the rumblings is helpful. looking forward to seeing each of you in Texas in a few weeks.