To say the Rev. Brett Metcalf is excited about Jesus is an understatement.
For a man who readily admits his younger years were not ones graced by God, Metcalf quotes Act 9:1.
"And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest," he said. (King James Version)
"Since I've been saved, I wake up in love with Jesus and go to bed in love with Jesus. When you're excited for Jesus Christ your life is about to change forever."
A carpenter by trade, Metcalf was saved by the grace of God on June 10, 2000. Metcalf said his life has been changed.
He saw in a vision the sign for a new church. That sign, "Excited for Jesus," is now posted on the church building at 480 Clear Creek Ave., where the first service will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 2.
"This church was birthed in a vision from the Lord," Metcalf said.
"This (church) is my life. I can't stop what God is doing in my life. How can you stop something like that? I don't think you'd want to.
"I try not to live my life guided by man, but by the grace of God."
After being saved, Metcalf embarked on educating himself in Christ. He attended classes and was ordained through Sierra Streams Ministry and Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship.
He was ordained June 10, 2007. Exactly seven years after he was saved.
"Hallelujah," is Metcalf's response to that.
"For some people, this may be a tough church to go to. They may not be sure they're that excited for Jesus. You have to know where you stand for the Lord."
Metcalf said the church is a place for people to attend and be taught about Christ and have God's spirit touch them. Not only in the church, but in what goes on outside the church - in a person's life every day.
"We want to teach people to be excited about Jesus," he said. "Whether it be here on a Saturday evening or at 4 p.m. Tuesday anywhere else. It goes beyond the church."
Another vision Metcalf had is to open a coffee shop called "The Prayerful Cup," to offer free coffee and a prayer.
"It would be an outreach of the church," he said. "I will use all my resources to go out into the community.
"I want to put information out there to the people."
In addition to Metcalf, Dan Rogers is associate pastor and Joey Navarro is the music worship leader.
"Dan has been laboring with me at the Nevada State Prison, ministering to the inmates. He's been helping there 20 years.
"For us at Excited for Jesus, it's all about prayer. We'll start with prayer, offer a message and pray. It's like our mission statement - 'Freedom in worship.' From 2 Corinthians 3:17, 'Now the Lord is spirit and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.'
"It's from your heart to His heart. God doesn't recognize style, that's the freedom.
"I want to invite all pastors to come, relax and not be preachers for the time they're here."
Other Bible verses used include: Luke 24:47, Matthew 28:19, and John 14:12.
Metcalf has been married and "is still on his honeymoon" for 28 years to Elnette. They have two children; daughter Dezurae, 23, and son Tyler, who is 20. They live in Carson City.
For information, phone Metcalf at 443-0963 or Rogers at 309-3148.
• Contact Rhonda Costa-Landers at email@example.com or 881-1223.
At a Glance
WHO: Excited for Jesus
WHAT: Inaugural church service
WHEN: 6 p.m. Feb. 2
WHERE: 480 Clear Creek Ave.
CALL: 443-0963 or 309-3148.