When I was fifteen years old, in September 1974, I independently responded to the call for conversion unto new birth in Jesus Christ Our Lord when I was a child member of the Methodist Church that my family attended in Miami, Florida.
While attending another Methodist Church in the Washington, DC, circa Spring 1984, I had a spiritual “re-awakening,” and finally learned to love bible study. In or around September 1985, I heard the call of the Lord to “preach the Word” through a radio preacher’s voice reading 2 Timothy 4:1-2. That was a singular experience for me at that point in my life; it was as if my entire body had been transformed into an ear! I subsequently shared my experience with my pastor, who stated succinctly that “I am not surprised about your call . . . I’ve just been waiting for this conversation.” Shortly afterward, I was first licensed to preach; in the following Spring of 1986, I delivered my initial trial sermon. I attended first-year pastoral development classes on Saturday (half-day sessions), taught Sunday School classes, and assisted with pastoral care of the membership.
Through another heartfelt experience, the Lord released me from service in the Methodist Church. He profoundly stated, “This is not the ministry for which I called you.” Over the next several decades, up to the present, I have been asked to serve as assistant minister or associate pastor in a variety of Christian churches. I have been ordained to perform the Church sacraments and officiate at solemn services and ceremonies. To this point the Lord has held me in reserve from serving as a senior pastor. Instead, by His leading, my post-baccalaureate degrees are in business administration (MBA from Florida Atlantic University) and law (JD from Stetson Law School, Stetson University). I have remained in full-time secular work; during the past fifteen years I have practiced as a Florida attorney, focusing on Elder law.