Keynote Speaker: Jon Sheptock
Born with no arms, rejected at birth!
Jon Sheptock was born in New Jersey in 1976 with a very unusual affliction. He had no arms and a short right leg. He was truly more than his birth parents could handle, so the evening he was born. they turned him over to the State.
Six months after being placed in foster care, Joanne and Rudy Sheptock adopted Jon. Feeling led by God, they created a home where unwanted and disabled children could feel loved, safe and secure. The boy that started life with no parents, would now have 33 siblings.
Jon has been through more than any able-bodied person could possibly understand. The stares, abandonment issues, excruciating self-doubt, and incessant ridicule, became Jon’s norm. He was once even spat on. In his teenage years, he had a particularly hard time knowing where to fit in. It was in those darkest hours, that he began to contemplate suicide. Consumed with hopelessness and paralyzed by fear, he instead turned to the only other available option. He gave his life fully to Christ, and found that with God, anything is possible.
Through the years, he learned to adjust to his disability and developed alternative ways of dealing with life. Strengthened by Phillipians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” he was able to overcome any adversity set before him.
In the midst of these miraculous developments, Jon had also found one special gift. He found his voice… He could sing! He started singing and visiting churches at the early age of 3. Jon has had the opportunity to share his testimony with thousands. He has sung with Bill Gaither, in prisons, schools, churches, foster/adoption events, civic events, men conferences, National Anthems for the Houston Texans and Astros and many more.
With his wife and 3 girls, Jon continues to live life to the fullest. He chooses to daily surrender his will to God, the one who created him. His motto is “Making Life’s Challenges – God’s Victories.”