Riding for a Higher Cause'
area riders form
new Christian motorcycle group
will be a chapter of an existing
national cycling organization
(January 2012) Motorcycles give many individuals
a chance to get out and enjoy the freedom of the road. For others, motorcycles
provide social outlets that bring together people with a similar interest.
One growing community has been combining a love of motorcycles with
a higher purpose. Their cause? To evangelize and reach out to the community.
This is the Christian Motorcycle Association a nondenominational
motorcycle ministry that has spread to 30 countries. Now a group of
men and women are preparing to start a chapter locally in Madison, Ind.
by Nichole Osinski
Motorcycle members not
only spread a message of hope but
provide a way for men, women and
children to come together for a common
purpose.The organizations back patch
(below) identifies who the members
are and is a nod toward what this
association is all about.
This chapter would carry on the associations mission.
At the same time these men, women and children those under
18 can join the CMA youth movement are looking for ways
to go above and beyond, because for them its not just about being
evangelists but personifying a servant-like attitude.
We want to show the world that Jesus loves us all and we need
him, said Raymond Spicer, a Christian Motorcycle member.
Spicer, 46, is one of the original organizers planning to start the
local chapter. About two years ago, he and Jerry Dennis, another member,
felt that this was a need in the community.
Both agreed that it had been laid on their hearts. At the time Spicer
still wanted confirmation to take the next step. When he was at the
associations state rally with his wife, the national evangelist
gave the message that if the Lord put something on a persons heart
they needed to do it. They had a green light.
The first step was finding people willing and able to join. When Dennis,
59, joined, he had been wanting to ride motorcycles with other Christians
who had similar interests. He has a Suzuki Boulevard and Spicer, who
has been riding since he was 8, can be seen riding his 1982 Goldwing.
Even though these motorcycles are a key tool for evangelizing, members
are quick to point out that having one isnt necessary to be in
You dont even have to have a motorcycle, said Dennis.
Its open to anybody who has a servants heart.
The same goes for the location. The chapter may be located in Madison,
but this organization welcomes people from anywhere. There is no fee
to join, and becoming a member gives a whole new meaning to being a
Since the Madison chapter of CMA is just getting started, members are
trying to reach out and provide for needs in the community any way they
Some members have been ringing bells for the Salvation Army, while others
have been involved with prison ministry and homeless shelters.
The association is primarily a motorcycle ministry and has helped out
at charity poker runs, fundraisers and rallies. There are times when
they directly evangelize and other times when its less direct.
One day they may be blessing bikes at a ride, while another they might
be serving food and drinks with One Percenters. The bikers
that make up the more infamous gangs that include the Hells Angels,
Outlaws and Banditos.
Being part of the motorcycle community has opened doors to reach out
to more people. Invitations to bars or events are usually the first
step to not only evangelizing but forming friendships with other bikers.
If you have one person that comes and talks to you and gives his
life to Jesus, its worth it, said Dennis.
Several members are already in chapters, such as Wheels of Faith in
Columbus, Ind., and JCs Bunch in Clarksville, Ind. By starting
the Madison chapter, they plan to extend their cause in places not yet
To become an official chapter, the group must have a full set of elected
officers, a regular meeting time and a minimum of 10 back patch wearing
members. The back patch, also known as colors, identifies members of
motorcycle clubs. While most clubs have a three-piece patch, Christian
Motorcycle members can be identified by their single patch of a Bible
and praying hands.
In these off months when many bikers have put their motorcycles up for
the season, the local Christian Motorcyclists are using this time to
meet. To become official, all criteria must go through the state representatives
and also the south central regions national evangelist.
Soon they will be choosing officers and begin preparing to become an
official charter chapter.
However, those getting this started want to make sure that this isnt
being rushed. The chapter isnt yet official, but the sense of
excitement toward seeing that goal come to pass stirs the hearts of
those already coming.
Spicer points out that Jesus wasnt only in the synagogue or temple;
he was out in the world. This is what the association is about going
out in the secular community to reach the public who need them most.
These Christian motorcyclists want to make it known they are ready and
willing to help anywhere and anytime.
Anyone interested in joining the association
is urged to attend a meeting to learn more. The next meeting is 5 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 20, at the Ponderosa Steakhouse on Clifty Dr. in Madison.
Contact Jerry Dennis at (812) 801-1946 or Raymond Spicer via email at:
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