Saints Christian Motorcycle Club Ipswich Chapter pastor Keith Pellicaan (foreground), and rear from left, national vice president Jock Bamford, Ipswich vice president Alfie Bittner, with Mark Butters, Pete Andrews, and Michael Thompson.
Saints Christian Motorcycle Club Ipswich Chapter pastor Keith Pellicaan (foreground), and rear from left, national vice president Jock Bamford, Ipswich vice president Alfie Bittner, with Mark Butters, Pete Andrews, and Michael Thompson. David Nielsen

Onward Christian bikers

IPSWICH will have a new motorbike club as of this Sunday - but there's no need to be too fearful.

The Saints is a Christian club dedicated to charity and outreach to local men.

Saints founder Pastor Nigel Edwards will lead an outreach crusade ride from the Marsden founding branch to Redbank Plaza on Sunday morning to officially launch the Ipswich chapter of the patched club.

Mr Edwards said he started the club about five years ago to reach out to people like his younger self.

He found God while in a maximum security prison, after a rebellious youth spent committing offences including car theft, assault, stealing using firearms, and even blowing up a judge's house.

"I was in darkness until I came into Christianity. I wouldn't be alive now unless I picked up that Bible," Mr Edwards said.

"That's why this type of ministry is so good, because it reaches the unreachable - people from all walks of life, whether you've had a rough background or a clean background, we're here to support you."

Crossroads pastor Keith Pellicaan will lead the local arm of the Saints, and is eager to promote a sense of brotherhood in Ipswich.

"The club will be there for anyone who's struggling and needs a hand, whether they've been to prison, are struggling with addiction, or are social riders looking for something more," Mr Pellicaan said.

"All are welcome, we'll be doing outreach rides and charity programs - there will be a real feeling of brotherhood."

Sunday morning's crusade events will include a motorcycle display in the foyer of Redbank Plaza's Reading cinemas from 8am onwards, with a church service and message from Pastor Nigel Edwards at 8.30am.

Mr Pellicaan welcomes anyone interested in the club to attend the morning and will be available to chat before and after the hour-long service in the cinema.



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