A Perth man who witnessed the horrors of seeing comrades killed and injured in Afghanistan is now to become a licensed minister.
By day, Adam Hogg is operations manager at Beale’s store in St John Street.
He is a member of the Church of the Nazarene, taking a full part in the church’s growing ministeries.
Adam came from a difficult childhood to become a captain in the Army and, having faced many challenges in the forces, including seeing the violent deaths of loved and respected colleagues during the Afghanistan conflict, Adam is now embarking on a new chapter in his life.
“My comrades were killed in hideous circumstances,” he said.
“In one instance, an American Apache helicopter caused carnage when it fired 20 rounds of 30mm high explosive into our patrol base. The result was death and destruction.
“I also saw comrades die as a result of gunshot wounds and from IED explosions.
“I dealt with a lot of dead and wounded and, although I put a brave face on it, I was hurting.”
Family tragedies, including his mum dying aged only 34, and an abusive upbringing led to him thinking of suicide.
However, resilient Adam has survived all the traumas life has thrown at him and is now looking forward to life as a licensed minister. “There was a time when I was broken inside as other family and friends died,” he added, “but God has sustained me.”
Adam will conitinue to work at Beale’s where his easy-going disposition and ready smile have made him very popular.
His ministerial outlook will help him to further engage with people and it’s a role he is looking forward to.
He said: “I have felt an inner compulsion after hearing other ministers preach the gospel.
“When I was in the Army, God gave me a real compassion for people. I have a desire to point people in the way of salvation.
“I feel compelled to reach people with the gospel message.
“I had a deep sense of unworthiness for the task of minister but I believe God wants me to push on and take this step forward in my life.
“It is a new dawn for me – and an exciting one.”