Summer 2024

WATCH: 'I ONCE WAS' - NHL Defenseman Josh Manson


Stories of transformation from the lives of pro athletes


As a college hockey player, Josh Manson learned his mother had been given a terminal diagnosis of Stage 4 melanoma. He didn’t know God, but turned to Him in prayer and promised that if He healed his mother, he would give his life to God. Josh’s mom was miraculously healed, but he didn’t follow through on his promise — at least not right away. With the help of his eventual wife and some books, however, Josh did end up dedicating his life to Christ.

Watch the video above to hear Josh tell his “I Once Was” story, and listen to the podcast below to hear Josh expand on the moment that changed his life.


We’re all in the middle of a story, and whether we admit it or not, we want our stories to matter. It’s those stories of deep and lasting impact that come to life when a person encounters Jesus, and responds to Him by faith. “I Once Was” invites professional athletes to share their own transformational stories, describing the very moment that changed their lives forever.

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