Author: Laura Bennett
If you’ve ever bought something you’ve seen on the tellie, or watched Mornings with Kerri Anne in the early 2000s, it’s likely you’ve seen the ‘infomercial king’, Jamie Malcolm.
Raised in New Zealand before moving to Australia to pursue performing arts, for the last 20 years Jamie has appeared on all the major networks as a trusted face and enthusiastic friend. Alongside his media career, Jamie’s also been a preacher and speaker based out of C3 Church in Oxford Falls.
Jamie said, “I always felt a really strong connection to God; it wasn’t anything weird or overly religious, but it was really strong.”
Jamie’s Mum was a key influence in his faith, taking the family to church, and teaching them about the Bible’s stance on life. Sadly, she died when Jamie was just 10 years old, and his interest in church waned – and it wasn’t until he was in his mid-twenties that he reconnected to God for good.
“I went back to my room, and I took the cross off… it was like me saying, ‘God I can’t live the way you want me to live’.”
“I had kept a Bible beside my bed that I would read every now again… and it always made me feel – even though I might have been miles away from God, that I still had some kind of connection with Him,” he said. “I always loved that.
“But it wasn’t until I was in my twenties, backpacking overseas, and I wore a cross around my neck that had been given to me by a friend of mine; I was out somewhere partying, and this guy said to me, ‘How come you wear a cross?’, and I said, ‘Because I’m a Christian’.
“He said, ‘You’re a pretty strange Christian’—and it hit me. I went back to my room, and I took the cross off and shoved it in my backpack, and it was like me saying, ‘God I can’t live the way you want me to live’. I was cutting off that connection.
“The next few years were rough, because I thought God didn’t want me.”
“I don’t care what you’ve done, God’s got a plan for you.”