VANCOUVER, Wash. — Born in New Jersey in 1976. Jon Sheptock began life with circumstances that most would consider big disadvantages. But today, he testifies of overcoming great obstacles with God’s help, and he will share his story here this month at one of this city’s largest annual Christian events.
Sheptock is keynote speaker for the 12th annual Clark County Mayors’ and Civic Leaders’ Prayer Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Vancouver Hilton, 301 W. Sixth St. The annual event, which draws a crowd of up to 900, is coordinated by local chapters of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America. Theme this year is “Making Life’s Challenges God’s Victories.”
Sheptock was born with no arms and a short right leg. His birth parents felt unable to handle his situation, so the evening he was born. they turned him over to the state. Six months after being placed in foster care, Joanne and Rudy Sheptock adopted Jon. Feeling led by God, they created a home where unwanted and disabled children could feel loved and safe. The boy who once had no parents, would now have 33 siblings.
However, Sheptock has been through more than any able-bodied person could possibly understand. The stares, abandonment issues, excruciating self-doubt, and incessant ridicule, became his norm. He was once even spat on. In his teenage years, he had a particularly hard time knowing where to fit in. It was in those darkest hours, that he began to contemplate suicide. Consumed with hopelessness and paralyzed by fear, he instead turned to the only other available option. He gave his life fully to Christ, and found that with God, anything is possible. Through the years, he learned to adjust to his disability and developed alternative ways of dealing with life. He is the first to acknowledge it is God doing for him what he could not do for himself.
In the midst of these miraculous developments, Sheptock had also found one special gift. He found his voice — he could sing. He started singing and visiting churches at the early age of 3. Sheptock has had the opportunity to share his testimony with thousands. He has sung with Bill Gaither, in prisons, schools, churches, foster/adoption events, civic events, men’s conferences, doing national anthems for the Houston Texans and Astros, and many more. He also is the lead singer of the band One Percenters, a growing prison ministry .
Tickets are $33 each. Phone 360-944-7523 or go to www.clarkcountyprayerbreakfast.org.