In September of 2016, Pastor Ricky Floyd was at a local gas station in South Memphis, Tennessee.
The pastor was putting air in his tire, as he watched a man jump into his front seat, and slam his foot on the gas. The culprit dragged the pastor across the parking lot.
Recently, the Pastor and the carjacker came face to face again, when police arrested him for his crime.
Floyd said he was left angry and anxious after the carjacking.
“As I explained to him, I’m still affected by that,” Floyd said.
The Pursuit of God Church Pastor said that he has been awaiting the day of his carjacker’s arrest for years.
“It’s a chapter that closed and an open chapter at the same time,” said Floyd. But the event did not play out the way he expected it to. Ricky Anderson turned himself into police after he called his brother-in-law, Eddie Patterson, who also happened to be a deacon at a nearby church.
“He called me and said he wanted to speak to the pastor and asked me if I know how to get in touch with him,” said Patterson. The three men met three days later in the Pursuit of God Church when Anderson tried to explain his side of the story to Floyd.
“At that moment I was willing to go to any limit to get out of this city,” Anderson told Floyd. The pastor who had had so much anger pent up inside of him at the man who had carjacked his car, suddenly felt his heart soften.
“It’s not so much about liberating him. It’s about liberating myself by not holding on to anger, bitterness, and frustration,” said Floyd. The two men hugged as police pulled up to the scene. Anderson was arrested on multiple charges, but Floyd left the situation feeling hopeful.
“I feel like we can shut the door on the pain of the past and live in the prophecy and vision of the future,” said Floyd.
Floyd says he’s already contacted the D.A.’s Office to try to get those charges dropped in exchange Anderson go into some type of rehabilitation program.