David Jeal used to support the Bristol Rovers, his favorite English professional football (soccer) team, with his fists; now he supports them with prayer as their official chaplain. At 10 a.m. on March 24, this British hooligan-turned-pastor will share his story at Sterling College's chapel, held in Culbertson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend free of charge.
In his teens and twenties Jeal was a member of the Young Executives, a hooligan firm that supported the Bristol Rovers. He grew so violent that he was banned from attending the Rovers' games. An angry, resentful young man, Jeal had no focus for his life, but when his mother began working at a homeless shelter, he decided to go along to protect her from those he saw as "junkies and street people." He became interested in one of the other workers at the center, but she was a Christian. When he asked her out for a date, she told him he would hav