Inspiring Stories Weekend

Inspiring Stories are special weekends three times a year when we bring in a guest with an incredible story of hope.

Our next guest on October 13 & 14 will be Gene McGuire, the author of the book Unshackled. He received a life sentence for a murder he did not commit. In prison, he found freedom.

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About Gene McGuire

In 1977, Gene McGuire’s life as a free man ended. He was one of three persons involved in the late-night robbery of a bar. One of the men stabbed and killed the bar owner. Gene was sentenced to life in prison without parole, on a second-degree murder charge. He was 17 years old. Nearly ten years later, after achieving influence in the prison culture of drugs, power, money, pornography and disdain for authority, Gene humbled himself and experienced a Christ-transformation.

Then, almost 35 years into his prison sentence, came an unexpected miracle. On April 3, 2012 Presiding Judge Russell D. Shurtleff ruled Gene had been wrongfully charged, that his life sentence was reversed and that he had already served the appropriate sentence due. Gene was released a free man — no parole.

Service Times

Gene will be live at our St. Charles Campus for three identical interviews. His interview will be broadcast via livestream in services at our three other campuses.

Blackberry Creek Campus
Sunday, October 14 | 9:10 & 11:10am
40W098 Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506

DeKalb Campus
Saturday, October 13 | 5:10pm
Sunday, October 14 | 9:10 & 11:10am 
2350 Pride Ave., DeKalb IL. 60115 (Across from DeKalb High School)

St. Charles Campus
Special Event: Saturday, October 13 | 5pm
Weekend Services: Sunday, October 14 |  9 & 11am
37W100 Bolcum Rd., St. Charles IL 60175

Streamwood-Bartlett Campus
Sunday, October 14 | 10am 
Address: 23 W. Streamwood Blvd., Streamwood, IL 60107

Sharing Resources

Spread the word using our digital invite perfect for texting and our printable poster/flyer:

Digital Invite  Printable poster

Inspiring Stories interview archive

On June 30 & July 1, 2018, our guest was Kechi Okwuchi, plane crash survivor and America's Got Talent finalist:

In February 2018, we welcomed Bob Muzikowski, a former addict who turned his life around--and is doing the same for a neighborhood in the inner city of Chicago. Watch and share his video here:

Check out our first inspiring story interview from November 2017 with Rebekah Gregory, survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing: