ABOVE: The Road Riders for Jesus with Kevin “Mad Dog” Mudford and Christian Victory Centre Senior Pastor Trevor Springate. Jayden Brown
By the time evangelist Kevin "Mad Dog" Mudford was 26 he had been in more than 40 different institutions.
The motivational speaker was in the Rose City over the weekend giving a series of testimonials and prayer meetings at the Christian Victory Centre.
Mr Mudford shared his story of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction during a men's breakfast on Saturday morning.
"Not a day goes by that I don't think about how terrible my life was," he said.
"I can't live there, if I think about it too long I get angry."
The reformed addict had a rough life, having been in six boys homes by the time he was 15 and seven New Zealand prisons by age 22.
"I spent five and a half years in punishment cells," he said
"I spent time locked in mental asylums for drug and alcohol abuse."
It was during time in a psychiatric ward in South Auckland in 1981 that Mr Mudford's life was changed by one letter.
The letter was about his brother, who also struggled with addiction issues, becoming a Christian.
"My brother got sober through an Alcoholics Anonymous program," Mr Mudford said.
"I wanted to see if he was fair dinkum'."
So began a massive period of change, as Mr Mudford joined a church and bought a bible.
"The key for me was to give up drinking," he said.
"With the booze I would fight and smash up places."
"I had to ask myself - could I live without alcohol?"
Turn the clock forward 32 years and the devout Christian remains sober.
"I put my life into people like me - addicts, alcoholics, prisoners," he said.
"I live by my faith in Jesus - no doles, no pensions, no allowances."
Mr Mudford said he owes his success to God and his communication abilities.
"You can't let anyone where you haven't been before," he said. "I live a simple life - my wife, my Harley and my caravan."
When it comes to Campbell Newman's bikie laws, Mr Mudford is one bikie who isn't up in arms.
"I was pulled up in Longreach and interrogated by four policemen," he said.
"I felt picked on and invaded - I wasn't even on my bike."
Despite having authority issues in the past, Mr Mudford said it was an opportunity for him to be polite.
"They're just doing their jobs," he said.
"It's a tough job and they've chosen the easiest way to deal with the issue."
Having spent time in motorcycle gangs in the past, Mr Mudford now support riders with a different cause - The Roadriders for Jesus.
The group were praised by Mr Mudford for their work with people like himself.
"I'm here to encourage people who are from my background or those work with them to keep doing a good job," he said.
"Working with addicts is not easy - if you can learn how it makes it easier."