Bo Cheatham

I grew up in a loving and stable home in Montgomery, Texas. Attending church was something that was not a part of our life. I attended school in Montgomery from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I went to Blinn Jr. College on a full ride music scholarship, playing trumpet. I had no idea the plans the God had for my life, as he allowed me to be successful in music.

I met Angela, and we began dating, in 1985. I was a sophomore at Blinn and she was a sophomore at Montgomery High School. We dated for four years and married in May of 1989. Angela was a Christian, and played a vital role in me coming to Christ in 1990. While dating, Angela and I had some "very intense fellowship" concerning going to church. I didn't want any part of it, at all. I didn't want to be a part of any church. We had a mutual friend that was a very strong Christian, and at times I felt as if she wanted me to be like him. Little did I see that she just wanted me to be like Jesus. While attending Blinn, I was hanging with the wrong folks, which ended up in me getting caught up in drugs and alcohol. Although I never got in trouble with the law, not with my parents, my life began a downward spiral, due to poor choices that I had made. I decided to quit school and find a job. I ended up getting a job that took me out of town for extended periods of time. Being young, out on my own, and no responsibilities and a long way from being a man, my choices and circumstances only grew worse. I had given God every chance to bring my life to an end, but He chose not to do that. He did, however, bring Angela into my life, a girl that I was very much in love with. When we discussed the possibility of getting married, God revealed Himself. At the time, I did not recognize that. Angela told me that I would have to make a choice between the partying, and her. She would not marry me if I chose to continue the lifestyle that I was living. This was the first time that I can recall, when God opened my mouth and spoke for me. I chose to stop the drugs and alcohol, and chose to change, and she agreed to marry me. We married a year later. Once we were married, we decided to find a church, and ended up at Dacus Baptist Church. After a few months of attending Dacus, I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior. After a few years of growing, and tons of shortcomings, God opened a door for me that I would've never dreamed would happen. Our music minister left and they needed somebody to step up. I told them that I was no music minister, but I would help out until one showed up! That was the beginning of a 14 year ministry at Dacus, that I couldn't believe God chose me to be a part of. If I could encourage you to remember just one thing, it would be this: God does not always call the capable. He often calls the available. When He chose me to serve Him in ministry, I often wondered what kind of tools He used to scrape me from the bottom of the barrel. He has blessed me with a wonderful family, a great job to provide for them, and the opportunities to serve Him never cease. May 27, Angela and I will celebrate 24 years of marriage. I'm blessed far beyond what I deserve. I now serve as Associate Worship Leader at Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery. My wife serves in the audio/video ministry. My son, Ty attends A&M in Corpus, but he served as worship leader in the Youth group at LSCC while in high school. My daughter is in the 11th grade and serves a youth leader at LSCC. When we make good choices, and allow God to lead the way, it's amazing how far He can reach into a family.

Being asked to be a part of The Believer's Challenge, is really an honor for me. I see it as another great opportunity to serve the Lord, spend quality time with men, fantastic fellowship, and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. Along with seeking what God has for us in our lives, surrounding ourselves with believers is vital. I'll end with something that I heard many years ago, that I believe has helped me more than anything. "Keep looking up. That's where the answers are!"

In Christ,

Bo