When Troy Evans was 13 years old, he dropped out of school. By 16, he had become a father and was a leader of a street gang in Grand Rapids.
In 1989, Evans served time in jail after being busted in a drug sting. After he was released, the level of violence and drugs in his life escalated. Death threats forced him to flee Grand Rapids to Atlanta.
But in 1996, Troy Evans left gang life behind and moved to Detroit, where his calling changed forever. Evans found God, and has worked to save at-risk and troubled youth through religion ever since. He is the founder of The EDGE Urban Fellowship, reaching the “Hip-Hop Culture for the Kingdom of God,” and the author of “The Edge of Redemption,” which tells his story of transformation.
Evans will be the next speaker at the Wheelhouse Talks, hosted by Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Evans will speak about his transformation from gang leader to spiritual leader, and his journey along the way.
Wednesday, February 6
UICA, 2 West Fulton, Grand Rapids
RSVP at HauensteinCenter.org.
“Pastor Evans’ story is inspirational, powerful, and moving,” said Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center. “His talk will help all of us better appreciate the amount of love, work, and dedication it takes to save some of society’s most vulnerable children from a life of crime.”
Evans will be the fifth speaker in the Wheelhouse Talks series. Leann Arkema, president of Gilda’s Club GR, will wrap up the 2012-13 Wheelhouse Talks on March 27.