FAIRFIELD — Greg Ojeda is fighting a war on two fronts.
He lives with Parkinson’s disease and fights to save souls as the lead pastor of Fairfield’s I Am Church.
Ojeda recently released his second book, “The Marriage Maker: What Time is it in Your Marriage?”
A book description reads: “In marriage, we always have a dance partner. We can always drive in the commute lane. We always have a dinner date. We always have a warm bed.
“Always remember, the Marriage Maker himself is God, and he would like to declare over you, ‘And They Lived Happily Ever After.’ ”
He released his first book, “What in the World was God Thinking? Marriage: Biblical Answers to Understanding Male & Female Differences,” four years ago.
Ojeda and his wife, Marilyn Ojeda, who organized the local Day of Prayer for several years, have been married almost 44 years. They have raised four sons.
They moved here in 1981 to minister.
He said he always wanted to write a book.
“I just didn’t know there was an author in me,” he said.
A prolific one. He’s already working on his third book and has several ideas for more.
“When you get on a roll, you have got to keep going,” he said.
Writing the second book was easier.
“I knew what to expect,” he said. “The first one was trial by fire.”
The secret to a long and happy marriage is “never stop dating,” Greg Ojeda said. “Treat your wife as if she’s the center of your life. The more you live like Jesus, the more she will fall in love with you.”
He said that women were the last ones at the cross and the first ones at the tomb.
Ojeda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago.
“I trusted in the Lord,” he said. “It’s been an amazing ride.”
He’s been on Duopa therapy, which treats the motor symptoms, for the past three years. It’s delivered in a gel form via a tube that’s been inserted in the small intestine.
He receives it about 5 a.m. It can be used up to 16 hours a day.
He’s into full-blown Parkinson’s again by 9 or 10 p.m., Marilyn Ojeda said.
The couple met when they were teens.
“I was a hoodlum,” he said. “I did drugs and bad things.”
She would speak to him about Christ. He decided to check out a church within a year. He felt the call to minister a short time later.
Scott Mulvey, pastor at Fairfield’s City Church, penned the forward for “The Marriage Maker: What Time is it in Your Marriage?”
Martin Cantu, the former lead singer of Malo, wrote the forward for the first book. He will also perform at Ojeda’s book signing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at 5045 Fulton Drive, Suite E, the home of I Am Church.
It is a drive-thru book signing.
Ojeda’s books are also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers.
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