After 50 years, prodigal pastor comes home

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ENUMCLAW, Wash., Mar. 13 /Christian Newswire/ — In 1962, after serving as a pastor for nine years, John Imler walked away from God, the church, and everything religious. Fed up with the behavior of hypocritical self-professing Christians, Imler turned his attentions towards the business world and didn’t look back.  Throughout the next 45 years, Imler immersed himself in work, and succeeded beyond his expectations. And while outwardly successful, Imler admits to a continuing emptiness.

“There were still trials and tribulations and I found the same problems with people there. No matter what I accomplished, it was never enough to satisfy the real longing of my soul for my Creator.”

Nearly five decades after renouncing God, Imler found himself faced with the question posed by Jesus Christ in the Gospels to his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?”

In his new book, “It’s Never Too Late” (Pleasant Word, 2008), Imler shares his journey back to Jesus and the lessons he learned from a patient, uncompromising, and unconditionally loving God.

Imler’s encounter with God has left him a changed man. “I am contented. I have a love and concern for others that I did not have. I am at peace with my Creator. I am aware of God’s presence in the world around me and I speak with Him often.”

The author of five books on the RV Park and Campground industry, Imler is also a columnist in a national trade publication. Today he uses his gift of writing to encourage other believers. He wants them to learn from his mistakes.

“I want readers to marvel at God’s patience, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness for one of His lost sheep and to realize that It’s Never Too Late – as long as we have breath.”

John and Ruth Imler have been married 55 years. They have three children (two still living), six grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. The Imlers make their home in Citrus Heights, California.

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