As a close and long-time friend of the family, and as a fellow believer in our Lord
and Savior, Jesus Christ, I have been asked to write a little something about how Iron Horse Ministries
got its start, and about the co-founders with Christ of this great ministry, Steve
and Marlene Diaz.
But first, I need to take a moment here for a little background note: I first came to know Steve
and Marlene just weeks after their conversion.
God used me to disciple them and He
allowed me to walk with them as they grew into maturity in the Lord
Even to this very day, He
has allowed us to stay in touch with one another.
So, with that having been said, this is basically how I saw their walk with the Lord
, throughout the first fifteen years or so, and how God used them to start this growing nation wide ministry.
Rev. Steve Diaz
(known as "Pastor Steve"), and his wife Marlene (known as "Marlena"), have both been called of God, to live BY FAITH in God's provision alone, through His people alone, as His people are obedient to Him alone.
It all got started in January 1986, when Steve
with his colorful background, and Marlene with her own, and in their fifth year of marriage, became born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.
was licensed to preach in February 1991, and was ordained as a minister in February 1992.
In July 1993, he began serving as the bi-vocational Senior Pastor of a church in Northern California, where he served until April 2000.
Through the years, Steve has also served as the Chaplain to different secular motorcycle clubs.
Speaking of the Chaplaincy, in June of 2000, Steve graduated from the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Academy.
The things learned there have proven to be extremely valuable in the ministry.
Especially in certain hard situations.
One day in April of 2000 while Steve
was out on the bike, and talking out loud to God (he loves to do that), he
stopped at an isolated place in the middle of no-where, so he
could continue to talk to his Lord
, and enjoy His
creation up close.
was there, he
received an unexpected revelation from God.
said it was like a whoosh - it took only seconds, but felt like hours.
This is basically the vision that God gave him:1) A new assignment was being given: they were to be full time missionaries to bikers.
2) They were to live totally by faith in God's loving provision and direction (as mentioned earlier).
3) A new ministry was to begin, and it was to be called Iron Horse Ministries
Its purpose is to work quietly behind-the-scenes building bridges to Christ, by bridging the gap
between the bikers out on the highways and the churches in their area.
In addition, God showed him that He
wanted to use the ministry to help unify His
church, by helping to create a network of "biker-friendly" churches throughout the nation.
also said that it was made very clear to him, that God alone is to grow His
ministry and that He
wants at least one ministering chapter in each state.
Pastor Steve and Marlena are still out there, somewhere, always serving the Lord.