Curry Juneau is head pastor at Quail Valley Church in Missouri City, Texas. I was the trumpet player there for just short of ten years, a period of my life when God used Curry to bring me closer to Him. I knew the Holy Spirit before I arrived at Quail Valley Church, but Curry challenged me to include the Holy Spirit in my life for even the slightest detail. Through his weekly messages I learned how to walk closer to God in every area of my life. I am so grateful that God lead me to Quail.
From Football Player to Pastor
Curry Juneau was once a professional football player. I believe that his background as an athlete is part of the appeal he has to other men. Curry is a man’s man in every sense. A strong leader. An even stronger personality. His personal testimony about how he was saved and what kind of life he lived before salvation is powerful. His testimony has changed the lives of so many strong men who may never have been reached otherwise.
It’s interesting. That part of who he is didn’t appeal to me (I’ve never been much of a sports fan) nearly as much as his complete dedication to walking in the will of God. Just about all of Curry’s messages had this one topic at their center…Are you in the will of God? He preached different variations on that same topic, over and over again, for the entire decade that I was there, Are you in the will of God, Are you in the will of God, Are you in the will of God, Are you in the will of God? When you really think about it, there isn’t much need for anything else. If you are walking in God’s will, all of the rest takes care of itself.
You can learn more about his personal life through the stories he shares in his messages at his Google Videos Channel. But I think, if you asked him, he would tell you that the most important thing in his life is his relationship with Christ, the Lord of his life. Curry sometimes speaks about people who try to elevate themselves by hanging on to his coattails. He is such a strong man that people are drawn to his strength in a selfish and almost abusive way. I doubt he likes it. I get the impression that his own opinion of his celebrity status as a professional football player and a high profile pastor is that all of it is for the glory of God. I think he would tell you that God knew what he was doing when He put Curry on this planet and that all of it, all of his success (and failure), was for a purpose.
This following video is a wonderful example of one of his messages.
Preparing Me For Divorce
I believe God sent me to Quail Valley Church when he did specifically to prepare me, spiritually, for what would later be the most difficult time of my life. I was already a Christian before I got to Quail. I had already lived a life of listening to the Holy Spirit for the big stuff. In many ways, I was already doing what Curry teaches, but I wasn’t doing it enough. I wasn’t asking the Holy Spirit things like “which tie do you want me to wear today?”
When my ex left me for another man, I had already been at Quail for about six or seven years. I had already begun relying on the Holy Spirit for more of the smaller things in my life. When the divorce came, I was ready for it. Yeah, I know we are never really ready for something like that. But someone who is so reliant on the Holy Spirit that he is asking Him what color shirt to wear that day is someone who lives deep beneath God’s wings of protection.
God sent me to Quail so I would hear, week after week, about how to walk deeper in God’s will for my life and my life has been so wonderfully blessed as a result. Curry Juneau can add me to the list of many who he has touched in this way and I want to express my sincere appreciation for the difference he has made in my life.
Life Builders Series
This blog post is the sixth in my Life Builders series. In this series, I acknowledge those who have contributed to the successes of my life. I am who I am because of the people God placed in my life to build me up. I can honestly say that my life would be completely different if Curry hadn’t spoken into it for the decade that I was their trumpet player.
Thank you Curry. I miss you guys.