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By Mike Toth

Acts 9:10-18:  10Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, 12and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your saints at Jerusalem; 14and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 15But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized.

What do you think when you see someone riding down the road with loud pipes, long hair flowing in the breeze, and an unknown but seemingly threatening patch on the back of their leather jacket? While the majority of motorcycle clubs are not the outlaw motorcycle gangs sensationalized on television and in popular culture you would be forgiven for feeling somewhat anxious. The bible, however, states that all have fallen short of the glory of God, and there are many “Paul’s” out there on bikes waiting for an Ananias to minister to them.

One such group reaching out to the biker community specifically, but ministering to all, is Bikers for Christ. “BfC” was started in Marysville, California, in August, 1990, by Pastor Fred Zariczny. Since it’s inception BfC has grown into the second largest motorcycle ministry in the world. Vaughn “Blacky” Blackmore is a member of the local chapter, and well represents the need to reach out.

Blacky hung out around a motorcycle club in his teens in Windsor, running away from his problems. He doesn’t like to recall the bad things he was involved in, but the process of coming to Christ was started by a simple act.

One day he attended Calvary Pentecostal church in Strathroy. “This Sunday I was there and the pastor was preaching, and he stopped and looked at me and said, ‘It’s good to see you here.’ Soon after I gave my heart to Christ.”

So, what does a motorcycle ministry look like? For Blacky, it’s as simple as meeting people where they are. He helps people get into Teen Challenge or Celebrate Recovery, ministers in churches or on the streets to bikers or whoever is in need. He says that a lot of people relate to the motorcycle club scene. In fact, while we sat at Tim Horton’s enjoying a small regular a man walked up to us and commented about how much he liked the patch on the back of Blacky’s vest. While the opportunities are endless, the biker community is the core. “A few years ago, I went to Sturgis (the annual ten-day motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, drawing a half million people annually) with some friends of mine doing ‘Oil Changes for Jesus,’” he says. “Bikers bring their own oil and filters and we change it for them. When the motorcycle goes to the bike wash we engage the bikers and ask if we can pray for them.”

“A husband and wife team from an outlaw motorcycle club came in, and he wanted nothing to do with us. Eventually I went over and told him I was from London, and told him I was sorry about them losing some of their brothers in the Banditos (the “Shedden massacre”). I did get to pray with them, and found out they gave their lives to Christ the next day.”

“Just because someone is on a motorcycle doesn’t mean they’re bad people,” says Blacky. “My family asks, ‘Why do you hang out with those people?’ Just stop and look at Jesus. Whom did He hang out with? He loves each and every one of us.”

Blacky’s life was changed when someone in church went a little out of their way to meet with him. Will you be an Ananias to a Paul when they come to your church?

You can learn more about Bikers for Christ at or reach Vaughn at