Hunter Rees had long held an adoration for his Jewish faith. Studying Hebrew and diving into the rich tradition of Judaism was something that never ceased to excite him. As he continued to study, he found himself drawn to the the New Testament and the story of a Jewish man named Jesus.
When he moved to Dallas, a friend connected him with a local pastor to discuss more of what the New Testament entailed. He was invited to Alpha, an opportunity to explore life, faith, and God in a friendly, open and informal environment. Hunter’s first thought was that he could bring his expertise to this conversation, but what he later would find out is that he would see faith through a whole new lens.
Learning about Jesus in light of his Jewish background transformed Hunter’s heart. Upon hearing the gospel, he realized that the stories he grew up studying were fulfilled by Jesus’ death on a cross—it was not negating Hunter’s Jewish background, but fulfilling the promises of the Old Testament. Hunter continued to study Romans and identified with Paul’s words, being transformed by this renewed identity. Finding a home at Peak Street Church, Hunter was surrounded by community as he was baptized and proclaimed Jesus as his redeemer.
“I’m not the author of this,” Hunter describes. “I’ve experienced real life grace and am so grateful to see how God has been working throughout my life.” Alpha’s talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of Christian faith in a friendly, open, and informal environment. If you are interested in registering for Alpha, visit hppres.org/alpha.