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I was eighteen years old when I knew that God was calling me to ministry. I was attending a church camp during the summer between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. Most mornings during that camp I would get up early and read my Bible before going to breakfast. On one particular morning I was reading through Romans and I came to Romans 10:13-15.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
As I read those verses I experienced what I knew was God’s call on my life. I knew that God was telling me that he was going to use me to preach the good news. I had no idea where that calling would eventually lead, but I did know that some plans were probably going to change.
That same fall I began college at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. It didn’t take long before I changed my focus from a pre-med track to majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Business Administration. I led a small Bible-study on campus and I discovered that helping people understand the Bible and how it applied to their lives was more satisfying than anything else I had experienced. Then, in the summer of 2007, right before my senior year of college, I made one the very best decisions of my life and married my beautiful, wonderful wife, Gabrielle.
We spent the next several years living in a number of different places and in 2012 we ended up in Indianapolis, Indiana and both of us were working for a decent-sized insurance company. After several months of working there, however, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was not doing what God had called me to do. To make a long story short, with my wife’s support, we both left our jobs in Indianapolis and relocated to Anderson, Indiana where I completed my Master of Divinity degree before relocating again to Bloomington, IN.