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Growing up, brothers Mike and Tracy Dodd received no Christian training in their home, but when a Revelation Seminar flyer came in the mail from the Brighton Church, their mother was interested. Faithfully each night, Mike drove from Loveland, where he lived at the time, to take her to the meetings.
By the ninth week of the ten-week seminar, Mike saw the value in the messages. A history buff, he realized the Bible was based on historical events and recognized its validity. That was around 1988.
Ten years his junior, brother Tracy felt his need of God in 2000 and was baptized into a charismatic church. But he had so many questions for which he couldn’t find answers. The attitude at his church seemed to be, “Don’t question the authority of your pastor.”
“It always seemed that something was missing,” Tracy explains. “I wasn’t being fed the meat I was looking for.”
Over the past 15 years, Mike has shared spiritual things with Tracy and talked to him about the Adventist movement. When health problems came, Tracy was led to Upton where Mike was able to share more. “It was like a light went on in my head about what truth is,” Tracy explains.
On a beautiful Sabbath in May at the Upton Church, older brother Mike baptized younger brother Tracy. “It was really emotional to baptize my own brother,” Mike explains. “There ain’t no words to describe it,” says Tracy struggling for words.
The brothers plan to start a ministry together in Upton where they hope to bless their community with their mechanic skills. Since the public high school there discontinued its trade courses, Mike and Tracy will fill the gap by offering an auto mechanics class.
“The church is small and I feel there is mission with this church,” explains Tracy, who is 55 and the youngest member at Upton. “I feel I have a calling. I need to be involved.”
[Carol Bolden; photo by Nancy Dodd]