Pastor AJ Vaughns
AJ grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and Goldendale, Washington. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology and a M.S. in Educational Psychology, Before becoming a Christian and entering the ministry, he worked for eight years as a High School Counselor in Kentucky and Kent, Washington. For the next eight years, he was on staff at LifeWay Church in Federal Way, where he was ordained. He and Laura have been married for 19 years and have six children – Zoe, Benjamin, Luke, Zephaniah, Jasper and Avalynne.
I know what it is like to feel something’s missing. No matter what you try, you know there is supposed to be more. I spent a lot of my life searching for that something more. I studied more, worked harder, went to college, became an educator volunteered and got married. I explored all major religions (and some of the minor ones). I helped old ladies across the street, and those are just the good things. When I wasn’t busy trying to be good, I was bad. You name it, I tried it. Nothing fit. I had everything you’re supposed to want but none of it gave me a sense of meaning, purpose or direction.
The in 1999, my wife dragged me to church – LifeWay Church. It was the craziest thing. No matter how much I hated religion, I loved what I found out about Jesus (and most of His people). After 6 months of asking harassing questions and offering experimental prayers, I did something that surprised even me – I admitted there was way more reason to trust God than to trust myself And when I decided, I REALLY decided.
Everything else was a blur. I studied furiously. I started mopping the floors of the church. We did two years of marriage counseling, I quit my job and started teaching people about Jesus. We had kids, I became a pastor and I taught more people about Jesus. And now, here we are, giving everything we have to bringing real faith and real church to real people.
I don’t know where you are spiritually, but I want more than anything to help you have a great relationship with God – He is what’s missing.