Mend it Like Beckham

By: Philip Burn

David Beckham grew up in Waco, Texas, the son of a Baptist minister. “My father passed away when I was 15 years old, and at that point I decided that I was going to live life my way, without any rules. I wanted life to be a party, and I lived like that for 20 years,” Beckham said.

During that time he worked, and lost, many jobs, mostly in the food and beverage industry, as his life and increasing drug addiction spiraled out of control. “I eventually reached a point where I was earning $35k a year and was supporting a $35k-plus drug addiction,” he said. “I couldn’t pay any of my bills and was living in a place with no power, no water, I didn’t have a car and I was evicted four times in one year. Every dollar I made went to smoking crack.”

On Nov. 27, 2012, Beckham hit rock bottom. Recently released from jail after a theft charge, he was living in a tent by a set of railroad tracks in North Dallas. “I was homeless, jobless and was only supporting my drug habit through theft. I knew that unless something changed, I would be going to prison,” Beckham said.

That night he broke down and surrendered his life to God. “I knew nothing about addiction and recovery, but I did know that if I was to reach a point of recovery, God was going to have to be involved in my life.”

Beckham checked in to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Dallas that provides a free six-month program. “I didn’t know anything about the Army, but one of the first things I learned about was their disaster work. The idea of ministering to someone at their time of greatest need really spoke to me. That was the beginning of my heart opening up to the incredible ministry of The Salvation Army.” He successfully graduated from the rehabilitation program and secured a full time position at the ARC, staying there for two years. “The Salvation Army has completely changed my life. Over time God has made it clear to me that I am called to full-time ministry,” Beckham said.

In August 2016, David Beckham will arrive at Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, beginning a two-year seminary course to become a Salvation Army officer.

“I can’t wait to get started,” he said. “I am excited to learn more about God’s word and also about ministering to people. I see myself serving, being happy and having peace in my life.”