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For those who do not know me, let me introduce myself.
I was born on February 25/1966 to Douglas & Sheila MacLeod of Charlottetown PEI. Having been raised on PEI my whole life, I have come to love the Island and the people. My mother and father are both ‘born again’ Christians and were before I was born into this world. My brother, one year younger than myself, and I were brought up in a home where the Holy Bible was read every day before we went to school and we both had to bow our heads when Dad prayed to God for our food and for our protection. Looking back now, I can tell you that it was a very loving home and it was a home where God was the center. Of course, we all attended church meetings on Sunday and as young kids we when to Sunday School and became very familiar with Bible Stories and Bible Verses. At the age of 16, my brother and I both refused to go any longer and started to cause a lot of trouble in the home. Dad and mom thought that we were getting to the age where we could start to make our own decisions in life and from that point onward my brother and I did not attend too many church services. After high school, I attended Holland College and obtained my diploma in Electronics and started a career at the local telephone company, Island Tel. Over the course of 20 years I worked in many areas of the company and many parts of the Island.
During the earlier years of my employment with this company, a very important event happened to me on April 4/1990 that changed the course and therefore the rest of my life. I became a born-again Christian! I was in my 24th year and was making more money than I had ever made. I had every material thing that I wanted. To add a little excitement to my life, I decided to take on a part time job as a disc jockey in a night club. With my involvement in the night clubs, I was brought in contact with the ‘in crowd’, the parties and alcohol. I also decided to join a gym and get into shape and started spending many hours in the gym pumping iron. I thought that my employment and each new involvement would make me happy. Well, I wasn’t. I just could not figure out the emptiness I felt. Something was missing, but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was.
At this point in my life I was not “going steady” with a girl. I thought, “Maybe that’s what’s missing, a relationship”. In the month of February of 1990 I met a high school friend that I soon started dating. The sense of emptiness left only temporarily. One morning at the end of the month of March I came home from my girlfriend’s house and as I entered the back door, my father met me with a Bible in his hand. He calmly asked me to read a verse in the Bible that mentioned that sexual relations before marriage is sin. I quickly looked at the verse and mentioned that I was sleeping on the couch and turned away from him to go to my bedroom in the basement. An amazing thing happened at that point. I started to wonder, ‘Is the Bible right?’. Up to this point, I had held to my own view of God and heaven. I believed that there was a God, not the kind of God talked about in the Bible, but one who suited my own thoughts. I believed in a place called heaven, but not in a place called Hell, even though the Bible speaks of both places. For the first time in my life I started to question myself as to God, heaven, hell and sin. Could a person know for sure that something was right or wrong? Could a person know for sure that they would be in heaven and not hell when they died? These deeds called sins by the Bible, could I know them forgiven? These questions plagued me so much that I began to lose sleep. I tried to cleanup my life. I broke up with my girlfriend and even started to read the Bible. No matter what I did, I could not get any rest or peace about anything. Let me take you to the day it all changed. I still remember the moment with all the clarity as if it happened yesterday. It was around 3:30 pm on Wednesday, April 4th, 1990 when I was working in a building in downtown Charlottetown. Being a cable splicer at that time with the Telephone Company I was working by myself in a communications room where all the telephone wires were. I simply told God, in my mind, that He was right and I was wrong. That what He said about me in His Word, the Bible, was right. I was a sinner and therefore I deserved to go to Hell when I died. It was at that moment that I understood for the first time why the Lord Jesus Christ had died on the Cross of Calvary…He had died for me, for my sins. The weight of my sin, my guilt was lifted and for the first time in my life I had peace with God. I know, from God’s Word, that if I die, I will be in heaven with my Saviour!
As I write this, the date is May 2/2012, I look back over 22 years since that event happened and I can honestly tell you that I still have the knowledge and confidence that I will be in heaven when I die, because God’s Word has not changed. In 2007, after 20 years with the telephone company I resigned, being convinced that God wanted me to give myself fulltime to Gospel preaching. Over the past 5 years I have witnessed the very same God that worked in my life and saved my soul, work in the lives of other.
I did marry in the year of 1991 and we have 2 daughters that God has graciously given to us.
Below is a picture of our family that was taken in the Summer of 2014.
Starting from the left, Kara MacLeod, Scott MacLeod, Wilma MacLeod, Rachel Burton and Tim Burton.