DJ Doty

Rhythm Guitar

HOME TOWN: Kingston, WI CURRENT RESIDENCE: Oshkosh, WI FORMER BANDS: Bad Attitude

INFLUENCES: John Piper, Malcom Young

FAVORITE ARTISTS: AC/DC, Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash

Thank you for taking the time to find out a little bit about who I am...I hope this story will help you to know me.

In the fall of 2000 I found myself in an interesting situation in that I possessed all the things that I thought would bring joy and fulfillment to my life. I had a wonderful girlfriend, good health, a job that I loved, and a decent income. But despite having all these things, I still felt unfulfilled; I felt like something was still missing in my life. I had had this nagging feeling for many years, but it really came to a head at this point because I could no longer cling to the hope that I would finally feel fulfilled when I had all these "things."

It was at this time in my life when I began to sense that God wanted something from me. So finally one night I said to God "OK, I'll try doing things your way, but if I don't like it, I'm going back to living the way I always have." Soon after saying this to God I got into a bible study and learned that what Jesus wanted from me was for me to love him, recognize my need for him, and put my trust in him instead of in myself. I also learned that Jesus loved me (and everyone) so much that he allowed himself to be tortured and murdered to pay the penalty of my rebellion against God so that I could be set free here on Earth and live eternally with him in heaven.

Since coming to understand this, I have spent many hours reading the bible and getting to know who Jesus is, and who I am and what I was created to be. The most awesome thing about getting to know Jesus is that the more I get to know him the more I love him! I love him because he is what I was always longing to find. He is love, joy, peace, and truth. Since I have come to know him personally, I feel so much love and joy and peace that I want everyone everywhere to experience the same thing that I have!

So now the focus of my life is to help people understand who Jesus is, and one way I can do this is by playing in Road Trip. I feel it is an honor to play for all the people who come to see us and I really do love playing guitar, except now I do it to make Jesus look great, not me.

I love you all.
DJ


DJ Doty