Meet Justin Hoffman
The Lord called me by His sovereign grace in 2003. All of my childhood and young adult life I had been raised in a God-fearing family, but would not have called myself a true child of God until my conversion. Before my conversion I was living a rebellious life. There is no need for the details of my sin, but needless to say, I was in the world and the lust thereof. The pivotal moment in my life that lead me to Christ was a near-death car wreck.
One evening in the fall of 2003, a friend of mine and I were just celebrating the Chicago Cubs winning there division when we decided to go down town to the local taverns. I had hopped into my Camaro and he followed along in his car, as well. We found ourselves racing down a winding road when I lost control of my car and slammed into a 4×4 mailbox post and three consecutive trees. After the car had stopped, I managed to get out of the car, but immediately felt like I couldn’t breathe. I proceeded to cough to catch my breath, but coughed up blood. At about this time the neighbor, whose trees I damaged, had called an Ambulance. As they approached the scene of the accident the paramedics pulled over and pleaded with me to get in so they could examine me to see how bad I was injured.
I hesitated at first, but I then concluded that I should go to just make sure I would be alright. While I was in the Ambulance, the paramedic said to me, “Boy, you are rather lucky to be walking away from that one.” In my response, I said, Yes, God saved me from that. It was at that moment that the words that I just spoke were true words. I broke down in tears in the Ambulance as I realized that it was the Lord’s divine intervention that I was walking away from that accident. I believe that had I died in that crash, I would have died in my sins and been a recipient of God’s wrath for all of eternity.
After the wreck I began to seek godly books and movies. The Bible was my first approach as the ultimate source of truth, but I also began watching a show called the Way of the Master on TBN. It was through this ministry that I realized that I needed to repent of my sin and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It was in 2004 when I started developing a passion for reaching out to the lost via means of evangelism. It was because of the ministry of Ray Comfort that I found confidence in how to share the gospel with those around me.
In 2008 I had the privilege to attend the 4th Ambassador Academy with my wife. At the Academy, we were trained on how to effectively evangelize via one-to-one conversations and open-air preaching. Ever since we returned from that experience I have been actively growing in my walk with the Lord to routinely evangelize on a weekly basis.
The Lord has opened the doors for me to be part of many evangelism outreaches and opportunities. I have attended five Super Bowl Outreaches with SFOI, a handful of times at the Kentucky Derby Outreach, and many trips to Chicago with The Chicago Evangelism Team. The Lord has blessed me with a supportive wife, Cheri Hoffman, and two wonderful twin boys, Levi and Isaac. My hope and desire is to continue to pursue more part-time evangelism and Lord willing be going full-time someday soon.
Justin bringing Gods truth at a bus stop.
Justin having a loving conversation with his neighbor
Justin preaching at the Kentucky Derby Outreach