Former gang members share experiences in reconciliation event

Ryan Olson (Chico ER) | April 26, 2014

Oroville >> Hundreds welcomed the message of former gang members who were able to seek reconciliation from old rivals after finding Jesus Christ.

The men spoke during a reconciliation event Saturday at Oroville Church of the Nazarene in south Oroville.

Michael Tomlinson, a former member of the Aryan Brotherhood and current pastor for Jordan Crossing Ministries, said he hoped those gathered learned from people like him and spread the message through the community.

“Our hope and prayer is that it will start here,” Tomlinson said.

He said he and the others on stage were dumb for their earlier, often violent choices in life, but said Jesus had a plan.

The event featured former gang members who used to be at odds with each other. Pastor David Bautista, a former general of the Nuestra Familia prison gang, said it hurt him to see gangs’ destructive impact on young people and their families.

He was on stage with Kilroy Roybal, a founder of the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

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  1. Robert

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