January 3, 2018 --
Joel Royce prepares for Sunday worship at First Baptist Church of Castle Rock, WA. Pastor Royce leads worship and preaches, while undergoing treatment for cancer.
By NW Baptist Witness,
On a routine trip to the grocery store Joel Royce first remembers feeling numbness in his face and right arm. First responders at the fire station initially diagnosed the 36 year old with a stroke and rushed him to the hospital. Several hours later the pastor of First Baptist Church of Castle Rock, WA, learned he had glioblastoma, the most common cancer that begins in the brain. But cancer does not define Royce, nor do other challenges faced in his life.
“I was raised in a United Pentecostal church and my dad was ordained,” said Royce, who remembers feeling pressure to come forward in repentance and speak in tongues every Sunday. “But when my dad returned after being deployed in Desert Shield, our life was never the same and my parents divorced when I was 15. I lost respect for him and religion.”
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