Clemson Coach Miguel Chavis Recounts Radical Transformation After Encountering God

Miguel Chavis (center) defensive player development coach for the Clemson Tigers, has been part of the team’s rise to Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama. Photo courtesy of Clemson Athletics

CLEMSON, S.C. (BP) — Despite being a big-time college football player headed to the NFL, Miguel Chavis was on a path to destruction. Self-centered and vile. Hedonistic and drunk. A tough brute who partied hard and pursued every fleeting pleasure he could think of.

You name it, and Chavis, during his early years as a defensive tackle at Clemson, was probably guilty of it.

“I was living in the flesh for 3 1/2 years and was sexually immoral and addicted to pornography, and was really just captured and captivated and enslaved by people’s opinions of me,” said Chavis, now the defensive player development coach at Clemson.

But then God intervened in Chavis’ life, radically transforming the young man into something new and something good. He is proof that God can find what’s lost and fix what’s broken.

“He lights up a room when he comes in, just an energetic kind of guy,” said Jeremy Chasteen, the college and missions pastor at Crosspoint Church in Clemson, S.C. “Big old dude. He’s one of those guys you see and say, ‘Man, if he could come to faith in Christ, he’s going to have a big impact on people.'”

The new Chavis is doing exactly that. Heavily involved at Crosspoint Church where he came to faith, Chavis leads a college Bible study in his home and is working on a master of divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

During the last semester of his senior year at Clemson in 2011, Chavis attended a service at Crosspoint Church where he heard a sermon from pastor Ken Lewis on Ephesians 2:1-10 that changed everything. Lewis preached about being dead in sin, and how those who were apart from Christ were under God’s wrath. But yet, God in His love saved people by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.

“I remember being struck to the heart,” Chavis said. “For the first time I was given, really, the understanding of what sin is.”

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SOURCE: Church Leaders