Jinger Duggar’s Husband Jeremy Vuolo Opens Up About Difficult Past—Says 2008 Arrest Was ‘A Turning Point for Me’

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Jinger Duggar’s husband, Jeremy Vuolo, is giving viewers a powerful glimpse into his testimony, recalling the work God has done in his life.

In a preview of Tuesday’s episode of Counting On, the former professional soccer player opens up about the moment he re-dedicated his life to Christ, and began his pursuit of Christian ministry.

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“I was drinking, partying…just being a foolish young guy.” Jeremy opens up about his past, tomorrow at 9/8c on #CountingOn.

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After playing soccer all through college, and being signed to the New York Red Bulls, Vuolo says he was ”living a life that wasn’t honoring to Christ.”

“I ended up getting arrested,” he said. “I was drinking, I was partying in college, just being a foolish young guy.”

The 32-year-old says his 2008 arrest was the wake up call he needed. It forced him to make a change.

“It was really that night when I got arrested, out late at night, 3 a.m. in the morning, I realized I can’t live like this and call myself a Christian,” he said. “I either need to go into the world and do what I want to do or I need to live for Christ, but I can’t call myself a Christian and live like this.”

“That was the turning point for me,” he continued. “From that point forward, I made the decision that I’m going to actively serve Christ with my life.”

In 2014, Vuolo retired from soccer.

He announced he was leaving the sport to pursue ministry.

“For guys who stop playing, they’re on a contract or they get injured, the rest of their life they’re aching to play,” he said in the preview. “For me, it was like God took that passion for soccer and just relocated it into ministry.”

 

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After marrying Jinger in November 2016, Vuolo served as a pastor at Grace Community Church in Laredo, Texas until 2019. Last May, the couple announced they were relocating to Los Angeles after spending three years in Texas.

“In recent days, God has made it overwhelmingly clear to us that he is leading us out of Laredo. Through much prayer and counsel, the next step for our family is to relocate to Los Angeles to attend Grace Community Church as Jeremy pursues graduate studies at The Master’s Seminary,” they told PEOPLE Magazine.

 

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“As excited as we are to begin this new adventure, leaving Laredo this July will be one of the hardest things we’ve ever done; our friends here have become like family,” they continued. “Please pray for us as we open this new chapter of our lives.”

This past May, the couple revealed they are expecting their second child, a baby girl who will be a little sister to 2-year-old Felicity. The news comes after the couple suffered a devastating miscarriage last Fall.

 

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Counting On airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.

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