Evangelist Dea Warford walks a path totally different today from the one he expected to as a youth in Ontario, Calif.
Warford said his uncle, Charles Lynch, was the biggest influence on him as a teenager.
Lynch once preached for the Ku Klux Klan and was considered as "the most dangerous man in America" by the U.S.
House Sub-committee on un-American Activities.
"Back in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was in full swing people in the south became used to the idea of separate but equal and there was a lot of unrest," Warford said.
"Uncle Connie would go back there and preach at KKK rallies.
He twice incited white riots in Bogalusa, La.
and he did some prison time for it."
Lynch slept with a pistol on the headboard of his bed because he feared blacks or Jews would come after him, Warford said.
Warford became a protégé of his uncle from whom he learned the "truths" of the KKK.
"He taught that blacks were aliens from another planet that needed to be shipped back to Africa and kept there," Warford said.
"Jews were the result of sexual intercourse between Satan and Eve, the forbidden fruit of the Bible, and they all had to be killed."
Lynch told him in 1963 that one day there would be a great race war and when the smoke cleared there would be nothing left but white faces, Warford said.
Lynch cited different verses of scripture from the Bible to prove his point, further arguing that the white race comprised the 10 tribes of Israel and that being white was a guarantee of going to heaven, he said.
Lynch duped everyone in his family, Warford said.
Warford's father attended one meeting in Los Angeles in which he wore the uniform of a German storm trooper.
During his final year of high school in 1965-66, Warford said his ambition was to one day become Imperial Wizard of the KKK.
But another uncle, Marvin Williams, who was a minister, changed his direction in life.
"Uncle Marvin told me you can believe a lie and be damned, citing II Thessalonians chapter 2," Warford said.
"That scared me.
"David Koresh's followers believed a lie and were destroyed.
Jim Jones' followers believed a lie and were destroyed."
Warford said late in his senior year of high school he went to bed confused one night and prayed for God to reveal the truth to him.
He began reading the New Testament.
The summer of his graduation saw him attending a camp at which he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and felt a calling to preach the Bible, Warford said.
He went and recovered a deposit he had put down at Polytechnic College in Los Angeles, where he planned to major in social science, and instead enrolled at Life Bible College.
For the past 30 years, he has been preaching the Bible.
Last month, he traveled to India and preached before blacks, who he once wanted to ship to Africa, Warford said.
Warford will conduct a crusade this weekend at Hilltop Four Square Church at 2215 Emerson Ave.
He will share his testimony at 7 p.m.
Prayers for the sick and teaching about the victorious Christian life will be offered during services at 7 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m.
and 6 p.m.
"I've been blessed with a wonderful healing ministry," Warford said.
"Last month, a woman and her son testified they had been healed of asthma and other allergies and no longer had to take medicine.
"Last week, a woman with osteoporosis who could not walk upstairs without a cane came to church and I have a picture of her lifting her cane with joy."
Warford said not everyone is healed through his ministry, but many have been and gladly offered testimonials about it.
In addition, he has a deliverance ministry that helps people overcome addiction to cigarettes, fear, depression, emotional trauma and pain of the heart, Warford said.
"Being bored is against my religion," he said.
"I had enough of that during my childhood when I went to church.
"I endeavor to make church an exciting, fun time for everyone who comes."