Ronnie Faisst, the 34-year-old Mays Landing native who is a major star in the extreme sport of Freestyle Motocross, lived fast on and off the bike through much of his 20s.

“I lived a lifestyle most people think is the cool rock-star lifestyle and the world embraces — making money, partying and chasing girls,” he said recently, while in New Jersey for the 2012 Nuclear Cowboyz tour this weekend at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, where he performs high speed acrobatics on his motorcycle.

But becoming a Christian in 2006 changed everything, he said. Although his family didn’t go to church while he was growing up, he found his way to a congregation near his California home after reading the Bible on his own, he said.

“It was definitely a struggle in the beginning, because I was around the same people, and being Christian wasn’t the popular thing,” said Faisst, whose father, Ronald Faisst, is a retired Absecon police lieutenant who lives in Mays Landing.

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