Pastor Barry Mayson of Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry
shakes Hope Phillips’ hand Sunday at Victory in Truth Ministries,
where Mayson blessed bikers and their motorcycles.
The preacher, clad in leather motorcycle attire, looked out at the congregation and promised to give the group a "Heaven of a time."
The pastor was former Hell’s Angel Barry Mayson, the evangelist who founded the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry, based in Johnson City, Tenn.
Mayson was at the Victory in Truth Ministries church on Ohio 4 for the "First Annual Bikers’ Sunday and Bike Blessing" held Sunday.
More than 50 bikers from clubs around Ohio went to the altar, where they were anointed by Mayson.
The event was organized by Pastor Bernie France, who heads up the Chariots of Light Christian Bikers and is the church’s motorcycle minister.
While Mayson anointed the bikers, Victory in Truth Pastor J.C. Church prayed with the congregation that the bikers use their motorcycles as tools to celebrate and teach people of God’s love.
He asked God to supply "guardian angels" for the road soldiers.
Mayson told the story of how he came into the ministry and shared some serious stories of his experience in motorcycle gangs.
Pointing to a tattoo on one arm that said "Born Again," he said he was almost killed by fellow gang members when he refused to kill some prominent rival gang members.
When he refused, he said the leader reminded him that there was no way out of the Hell’s Angels, and that a true Angel would wring his own baby’s throat.
"He said, ‘You’d kill your own child.’ I said, ‘You’re nuts,’ " Mayson said.
He was able to run out of the room and get away until a few days later he got cornered in a restaurant.
"I called my mama and said, ‘I just quit the Hell’s Angels,’ " Mayson said.
At that moment he prayed, promising he would give his life to Christ if he could survive.