Although he grew up in a Christian home and was "saved" more than 25 years ago, Richard "Rick" Roche III said he was still partying, drinking and drifting through life until one fateful night in 1992.
"I was driving home loaded after a party and I got into an accident on Resh Road," Roche said. "No one was hurt, but God started hammering on me to change my life."
So the ex-Marine promised a Washington County judge that he would never be back in court, and he has kept that promise.
"I had to face the reality that I had been playing games with my life," Roche said.
The next part was harder and took longer, but Roche made steady progress.
He met his future wife, Eugenia, at a Bible study that he was attending to meet people who also were struggling with their commitment to live a better life.