Open Throttle Ministries
OTM developed out of a love for motorsports and the people involved in them. With the desire to share the love of God that we have come to know, OTM reaches out to bikers, racers, show car enthusiasts, and pilots, praying with and for them and letting them know that God loves gear heads too! We are available to attend your event and provide prayer, devotions, and singing or any combination thereof. To schedule us, send an e-mail to: OpenThrottleMinistries@mail.com
Hello! I'm Pastor Hollywood. Yeah, that confuses a lot of people. I was given the name Hollywood many years ago by another pastor. It has something to do with my style of dress (I've got an entire dresser full of tie-dye) and the way in which I ride, drive, and fly. The Pastor part came many years later. I have been a follower of Jesus Christ quite literally all of my life. I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior at a VERY young age! However, I really, really resisted becoming a pastor for several reasons. In fact, at one time, I said I would never become a pastor. It's been said that if you want to make God laugh, tell Him what you're not gonna do!
I have always believed that whatever you are doing, there is an opportunity to share your faith with others. In 1993, I was riding home from a friend's wedding and rode past a motorcycle rally. I decided to turn around and check things out. I was soon sitting at a table sharing my faith with a couple of people. One of them pointed me to another biker and told me I should meet him. He was a member of the Christian Motorcylists Association. Soon after, I became a member.
In 2003, I was commissioned as a minister to bikers.
In 2007, I was ordained with my ministry focus being to motorsports enthusiasts of all types.
In 2008, I bought aerobatic biplane rides for my wife and I for our anniversary. As my wife was strapped in ready to go, I reached in and laid one hand on her shoulder and the other on the pilot's shoulder. I prayed for safety and for God to put angels about the plane. When I finished, the pilot looked at me with this rather amazed look on his face and said, "Wow, man! That was cool! No one has ever done that before." In that moment our ministry to airshow pilots was born. To this day that pilot is a wonderful friend to my wife and I and we pray with him at every airshow we can get to!
Today, my wife and I travel to motorcycle rallies, Biker Sundays, fly-ins, airshows, races, car shows, tractor pulls, etc. We go to participate, have fun, and share the love of Jesus.
So that's it in a nutshell, I'm a biker, pilot, a former race car driver (hope to race again someday), and a show car owner. But above all of this, I am a Christian!
My wife? She is affectionately known as Mrs. Hollywood! She loves motorsports as much as I do. I even asked her to marry me over the PA system at the Winter Nationals Tractor Pull! And, yes ladies, she thought my proposal at a tractor pull was VERY romantic! She is absolutely an amazing gift of God to me! She was created to be my mate and I was created to be hers. We are best friends! She rides her own motorcycles and drives her own muscle car! She doesn't have her pilot's certificate yet but I wouldn't be surprised if she does someday. On top of all this, she is a professional singer! She sings the National Anthem at the airshows we get invited to.