Rister says nobody is too far gone
Rister was born in Montrose, Scotland. He was the oldest of six children born during their father’s U.S. Navy career in various places including Morocco, Florida and Carleton, Mich.where the family eventually settled.
Rister was not raised religious, so the path that would lead him to ministry was not a straight one. Addiction was perhaps his biggest hurdle.
“My dad was an alcoholic and he was able to stop on his own, but I was powerless to stop on my own,” Rister said.