Columbus, Ohio, USA

Born Again Bikers

Many bikers say they feel unwelcome at traditional churches, where the say they are judged for their appearance, including their tattoos, leather, and long hair. Numerous evangelical biker ministries are now trying to reach this “unchurched” demographic, and to help bikers deal with pasts of crime, violence, and substance abuse. In Zanesville, Ohio, at least 100 people gather regularly for worship services at the Rushing Wind Biker Church, which was founded in 2010 by members of the local Bikers For Christ motorcycle ministry. The church seamlessly blends Christianity with elements of biker culture, and tries to make everyone feel welcome, said Pastor Michael McGuire. “We believe that the chains that bind some of these guys and gals that are coming here can be loosed, and be given hope and forgiveness,” he said.