Featured in a detailed OC Weekly cover story, His Place is one of many local Assemblies of God (AG) churches that Vanguard University is partnering with to provide student internships. Pastored by a former drug addict, His Place may look a little different than some of the other AG churches.
After God brought him out of a life of addiction, Pastor Joe Furey began a new journey with God at the center. Furey took the reigns of Huntington Beach’s His Place in 1996 after “more than two decades of expertise in drug rehab,” the article states. Furey’s testimony speaks directly to many of the church’s members who have come from similar backgrounds.
Before a life-altering night at the age of 29, Furey had lived hooked on cocaine as a dealer, even after marrying and having children. When his wife decided to take their children and leave him until he was clean, Furey really hit a low place. In that place, God clearly spoke to him and from that point on he committed to changing his life.
Years of rehab, sharing his testimony at various churches and really living as a new man in Christ propelled Furey to the position at His Place. To read about the full story, read the OC Weekly article by clicking here.
Four Vanguard University students have joined Furey in his mission through the newly formed AG internships. Gaining work experience and learning how to serve God’s people are just a couple attributes of this internship. The interns are Christine Correa, Bodie Kuljian, Jonathan Vazquez and Tony Do. To learn more about the new AG internships, click here.