Exploring nature can be akin to exploring the beauty of Christ, and Pastor Chad Halbach of Webster City Church of Christ has discovered his love of riding is best when shared with others. He thought that, as he enjoyed communing with friends, he would enjoy riding his motorcycle with them as well. On how the idea got its start, Halbach shared that the men of the church have always enjoyed getting together for activities.
“We had a couple guys getting involved with football,” Halbach says. “I think it’s really a smart idea to do something you’re passionate about and then get others involved.
“I’m hoping to get a group of guys together who ride, get our wives on the back of our bikes and go for a cruise. It’s nice to go and ride by yourself, but there’s something cool about riding with a group of people who are like-minded. Iowa is just a really rich place to explore the countryside on a motorcycle. There’s a natural beauty in Iowa, and if you live here your whole life you take it for granted.”
Halbach says his ministry from the seat of his 2005 Kawasaki Concours Touring Vehicle “is a good way of communicating (that he is) different.”
“I don’t think a lot of pastors ride. I’m not your typical pastor,” Halbach says. “I think that faith fits with that, too; it doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can love God and be a bit of a rebel. I’ve been a rebel for most of my life, and I think that riding on a bike is a good way to connect with God. I hope that the fact that I ride sets our church apart from the crowd and makes us different.”
On April 6, beginning at 4 p.m., Halbach and friends will seek out different routes to explore and ride, weather permitting, and all are welcome to join in the ride.
“I would hope that we could get a group together, not necessarily all with the same religious views,” he says. “And it doesn’t matter what you ride — anything that gets the wind in your face is good.”
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