Michigan pastor Scott Blanchard is not an ordinary church leader.
Although he had a strong desire as a kid to become a minister after accepting Christ at the age of 7, the obstacles he faced along the way were unlike those faced by the average pastor.
Sharing his dream with his friends in school, they doubted his abilities to be able to proclaim the Gospel to an audience. Blanchard was born with 80 percent hearing loss and speaks with a noticeable speech impediment.
Although his handicap gave him low self-esteem and made him lack confidence as a kid, Blanchard learned to face his obstacles and doubts head-on as he climbed his way to becoming a successful Detroit-area church plant leader.
Since its launch in 2010, the Blanchard-founded Lakepointe Church in Macomb has baptized over 150 people. In addition, it has launched a food pantry that provides a week’s worth of groceries to about 30 to 45 local struggling families each month.
But after eight years of holding services in a local high school, Blanchard’s Lakepointe Church congregation is now searching for a permanent home — one to call its own — and has raised upwards of $450,000 toward that effort.
“For me, there is a constant reminder that I am fulfilling God’s word and I am reminding myself that in Christ, all things are possible,” Blanchard told The Christian Post in an interview Friday.
Where did it all begin?
Blanchard grew up in Troy, a town that lies north of Detroit. He said that it wasn’t until he was about two years old that he realized that there was something wrong with his hearing. As a young child, he fell behind in school and struggled with his speaking skills.
He attended a special program early on in his school years before he was sent to a private Christian institution. He said that from about fifth grade on, he knew that he wanted to spend his life preaching and be involved in ministry.
“I had a bunch of friends who told me, ‘Scott, you can’t preach … You probably shouldn’t. It is not for you,'” the 43-year-old Blanchard recalled. “I had this conflict with my hearing loss and low self-esteem and people telling me that I probably shouldn’t. I wrestled with all of that through my middle school and high school years.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith