Raiders QB Derek Carr Finds His Identity in Christ: ‘I’ve Been Able to Minister to Thousands of People’

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Raiders QB Derek Carr Finds His Identity in Christ: ‘I’ve Been Able to Minister to Thousands of People’

By Movieguide® Staff

Derek Carr is the face of the Las Vegas Raiders, but he doesn’t let that distract him from the most crucial thing in his life, his faith in God.

As the NFL quarterback enters his ninth season in professional football, the 3-time Pro Bowler discussed his journey with Tauren Wells, host of “The High Note” podcast.

Carr said that at one point, he would’ve hung up the jersey if God called him into ministry; but he realized that he has a current ministry on the field.

“It was in that moment where I think the Lord knew that my heart was His, and I’ve been able to minister to thousands of people,” Carr said. “I’ve been in stadiums — 15,000, 18,000 people — preaching the Gospel and watching thousands of people get saved. I’ve seen healings take place. I’ve seen people set free. I’ve seen marriages reunite. I’ve seen kids come back home. All while playing football.”

Carr said that he enjoys the challenge of sharing Christ with non-believing teammates.

“Honestly, it’s fun,” he told Wells. “Some of the best conversations I’ve had are with non-believers because there’s an interest. Sometimes there’s a big ‘no’ sign up, and it’s just fun to talk about. Like, ‘Hey, we can disagree, and we can just talk about it.'”

Carr said that regardless of outside pressure to suppress the truth, he focuses on pleasing God first.

“It really starts, I think, with identity though,” Carr said. “Being secure in who you are and whose you are. Once you have that, I don’t need the world to give me anything else.”

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