Most people in town know me as Pastor Fritz, from First Baptist Church in Amboy. This is the other side of the story you probably don’t know.
During my childhood and teen years, thoughts of God and religion were a part of my life. However, just like most everyone else, there were other things more important in everyday life. For me, it was sports which kept me occupied and out of trouble. Those glory years are but a faded distant memory now, but the following events will be remembered for eternity.
Good Family - I was the tenth of thirteen children born to loving parents on December 3, 1958. Dad was responsible for giving me the name “Rocky,” and Mom eventually accepted it.
Baptism - Being from a good Lutheran church going family, I was baptized (sprinkled) as an infant. Church tradition says I became a child of God at baptism.
To start at the very beginning is hard.Some things are hard to remember.It all started a long time ago.A lot of drugs and alcohol have passed through my body doing a lot of damage.
I was raised a Catholic but I didn’t really believe in God.As I got into my early teens (14) I started drinking and I was smoking pot.It was 1971 and I was still attending church every Sunday with my family.Things were about to change and those changes would drastically send me over the edge and take me away from my family and my God.The first major problem came in November of 1975 when my twin brother was killed.That part of my life is still hard for me sometimes.It turned me away from God and sent me to a place that no one should ever go.I started drinking and doing any kind of drugs that I could get my hands on.