Listener Stories

Welcome to our story archive wher you can read through actual stories submitted by actual listeners. Some stories have been edited at the listener’s request to remove identifying information. Feel free to leave a comment on any of the stories you read here.

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Stories From Our Listeners:

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My Wake Up Story

My Wake Up Story I grew up as an evangelist’s son, and I remember clearly the day we moved into our 40ft bus as a family, and for seven years, that was our life. We traveled to many churches, and by the time I was seventeen, I had been to every state other than Alaska...

Thank you!!!

So my story is not too extreme, but here goes. I grew up in a pastor's home. My dad would've considered himself an IFB guy, and he held onto a few traditional things but was never extreme. Overall, he did things differently. So I grew up listening to Petra and Carman....

Thanks

I will probably come back another time to share some of my story. I recently found your podcast thanks to Eric at the Preacher Boys Podcast. I grew up in IFB, attended Hyles-Anderson and wound up in a few other places, too. My wife and I left about 10 years ago, but...

Training to Blame?

I want to address a part of our story that I haven't heard too much about as a possible underlying cause for some of the continued issues within the Independent Fundamental Baptist "movement."  It relates to the training (or lack thereof) of zealous preacher boys...

Holy Cow

Brian, I can't believe your podcast.  I was so blessed as a recovering IFB your story and the interview with your Dad blew me away.  We are so similar as a matter of fact our Fathers were pastoring in the same areas.  My father, Joe Bill Simmons...

ex-ifb

My husband and I spent eight years in the IFB. Just a warning this is going to be long. We were members of an American Baptist church and saw things going on with the denomination that were quite concerning. Nobody at our church, including the pastor, seemed bothered...

My freedom story

My name is Stephanie.  This is my "rescue story." The IFB church is all I knew from birth until the age of 25.  We were in church every Sunday morning, Wednesday night, and Sunday night and every Revival meeting in between.  I was the poster child for...

Listener Story

My name is Brian Hilyard (no problem using my name) and I am a "Recovering Fundamentalist". Hopefully that got at least a chuckle because I feel like this show is therapy for those of us that were raised this way. First let me say how much I love your show and how...

Listener Story

Thank you so much for this ministry. My story is a little different in that I wasn't raised in IFB but did stay in an IFB church for about 8 years. I was saved in a Non-denominational church in Aug 2009 in Seymour, TN. My life has always had a lot of brokenness. I was...

Listener Story

I gave my heart to Jesus at 19. I got saved out of drug addiction and had only been to church a handful of times prior to salvation. It just so happened an IFB church is where I went heard the gospel and got saved. Not long after salvation I surrendered to a call God...