Evangelist Tim Lee will speak at Calvary Baptist Church on Father’s Day.
Life’s circumstances can be both a challenge and a blessing at the same time.
Tim Lee knows well how adversity can be channeled into a positive, compelling message. The community will have a unique opportunity to hear his message of courage and salvation when he speaks at Calvary Baptist Church in Alton Sunday, June 15.
Lee grew up in McLeansboro, Ill., the son of a Baptist minister. He characterized his youth as rebellious and says he was a fighter — he contested every inch of his early life. He notes that after graduating from high school, he was living far from God. To escape the world around him, he joined the Marine Corps in 1969. After his training, he received orders to serve in southeast Asia.
On a mine-sweeping mission in March 1971, Lee stepped on a land mine that exploded, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. He says the incident was not a result of him trying to be hero; he simply wanted to show his men how to walk point on the mission.
As he lay critically wounded and the smoke and dust from the explosion was still in the air, a fellow soldier braced Lee’s back on his own knees and began to pray aloud for him. Sports had been an obsession in Lee’s life and he had been a standout athlete in his youth. The thought of losing his legs was distressing. He remembers his thoughts as being, “Oh no! … God, not my legs … Lord … please … God get me home to Mom and Dad …I’ll do whatever you want me to do.” He then blacked out.
Lee spent months in the hospital and underwent 13 operations. He saw a lot of anger and bitterness at the hospital and decided he was going to do something positive with his life after coming home to Illinois.
“I went to my Dad’s church and made things right,” Lee said. “I also surrendered my life to the ministry. Since that time I have preached all over the world that men and women may be saved by God’s grace.”
He says God saved his life to spread His Word.
Lee sits in a wheelchair but is dignified and distinguished. His story is powerfully graphic and revealing. The Purple Heart Recipient’s message has made an impact on the lives of U.S. senators, congressmen, governors and local officials across the country. He says his remarks and conclusions are controversial and explosive but they represent Biblical truth and patriotic ideals in a way that captivates the audience.
Lee and his wife, Connie, have been married for 42 years. He has three children and six grandchildren. He has been an evangelist for 36 years and travels 50 weeks a year spreading his message. He will speak at the Calvary Baptist Church in Alton at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 15. The church is located at 1422 Washington Ave. in Alton and can be reached at (618) 462-8816.
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear a powerful message from a true national hero. Tim Lee has demonstrated there is no challenge that cannot be overcome and he will be here to share his courage, his determination and his message of salvation.