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Luther Ellis

Luther Ellis

Luther Ellis began his lifelong commitment to Rebecca in an unorthodox way. After making elaborate and romantic dinner plans during which he would propose marriage to her, Luther received a call from a football recruiter. After visiting with the recruiter for hours, Luther received a call from Rebecca at 2am, and realized that he had stood her up. Nonetheless, she accepted his proposal, and the two are now happily married. Their first son Kaden was born on July 10, 1995, and the next ten children followed soon after. Luther “was in awe…of the entire process. I was literally dumbfounded by how good God is.” Although Luther grew up in church, it wasn’t until the Lions’ Team Chaplain, Dave showed Luther what it meant to commit to Jesus that Luther became a Christian. Nowadays, Luther and Rebecca’s faith has a big impact on their approach to parenting. They encourage their children to own their faith – not out of a sense of familial obligation, but because they believe, understand and can defend it. Luther adds, “We want our kids to pursue what God and the Bible say about character and morality, and to make good choices in living out their faith.” Luther loves to wrestle, play tag, and play kickball with his eleven children. He strives to give Rebecca some quiet time at night, and when the two of them can get away, they like to have a romantic dinner and talk. His advice to fathers is simple: make God first in your life, and being a dad and husband will come naturally.