A homeless man who six months ago savagely vandalized a church, causing $100,000 worth of damage, was recently baptized in that same church, circumstances he said prove that “God is real.”
High on drugs, Brenton Winn broke into the Central Baptist Church of Conway, Arkansas in February and caused around $100,000 worth of damage, including destroying the soundboard and setting part of the church on fire.
He was reportedly “angry at God” after relapsing on methamphetamines despite spending time at a faith-based recovery program.
After getting caught, the judge at his trial offered him the choice between up to 20 years in prison or checking into a 12-month faith-based rehabilitation program. Winn chose the rehab, at which he eventually became a Christian.
He was baptized at Central Baptist Church shortly thereafter. Forgiving Winn and offering him grace “was the right thing to do,” senior pastor Don Chandler said. “You can’t preach something for 50 years without practicing it, especially in front of your whole church.”