“I have been a Christian my whole life, but never made that step to get baptised. I guess I was a bit scared of taking that plunge.

The baptism itself was just amazing. Once I came out of the water, it felt like a real fresh start. I’m at this point where I can look at my life and say: ‘OK, I’ve made these mistakes, but the pain has been taken away and all the regrets are gone now.’ The slate has been wiped clean and I feel like a fresh person. I am in a much better place and my own level of faith has certainly changed since that day. I feel like I am now much closer to God.

I still feel like I am not perfect, I still make mistakes and I still sin occasionally. But as a dad and as a husband, I am a much better person for my family. I’m a lot calmer, which is pretty unbelievable to me. Something certainly changed when I was baptised, because I am much more at ease, more attentive to the family. Being baptised has totally transformed my life.

If you get to that point where you feel like you want to follow God and you want to become a better person, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be baptised, it is just a natural step to take. I would encourage anyone who feels that way to be baptised.”