The Lord set ‘Earl the Pearl’ free

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Photography by Jeremy Roberts

On Sunday morning Earl “Earl the Pearl” Perry of Ashburn welcomed folks to the Alapaha Gym in Alapaha, Georgia, to share his heart-tugging testimony about the Lord setting him free from crippling substance abuse and offered encouragement to believers seeking shelter from an unrelenting storm as found in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

An integral aspect of the annual Alapaha Station Celebration festival held about 90 minutes north of the Florida border, the Community Worship Service was non-denominational and featured Gail Powell leading the Alapaha United Methodist Choir in song and praise.

In an exclusive conversation a few days prior to the service, the bearded, cuddly teddy bear of a motorcycle enthusiast readily admitted, “God called me to preach at 15 years old on the back of a Harley. But I decided to run with the world and became strung out on drugs and alcohol.

“Thank the good Lord I reached the bottom and got saved along with my wife and three children in 1986 when I was 33 years old. God parked my bike and cleaned us up for 10 years…sending us to Russia, Mexico and Honduras five times and equipping us for the work of the ministry.

“In 1996 God told me to get my 1959 Harley Davidson back out and go out to the bikers and tell them He loves them. We have been in the Christian Motorcycle Ministry since 1999, and God birthed Hope Ministries in 2002. I was ordained and told God that I would walk through any door He opened. We have been sharing God’s word ever since.

“We attend Christian Fellowship Church in Fitzgerald and preach wherever God opens the door and go to bike rallies to minister and preach on Sundays. We also do benefit rides and bike blessings. Matthew 8:28 and John 10:10 are a couple of my favorite scriptures.

“Now we have 12 grandchildren that we have been praying for over 28 years and have 5 great grandchildren with another on the way.

“I retired from Delphi in Fitzgerald in 2005. Several years ago I started working at Crossroad Choppers in Tifton part time but now it is almost full-time except for ministry. We service, repair and build Harley Davidson’s from the ground up. I also assemble custom built bikes and high horsepower engines.”

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