That’s a long answer! To make it short… I became a believer at 23 (despite growing up in the church). I began my career as an engineer in a sales support role which later transitioned into a sales role for a different company. I was selling to the steel industry, so I started in Pittsburgh (which had me traveling to Detroit on a regular basis as well) then later I was transferred to our Chicago market calling on mills in NW Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago.
There my wife and I joined an EFCA church (I grew up Lutheran, but that’s a longer story) and began to grow in our faith like crazy. We discovered our spiritual gifts (mine were… teaching, knowledge, and faith) and began asking for guidance in how to use them to benefit the church. Our associate pastor guided me to start a small group of people our age. Later he encouraged me to facilitate a larger Sunday School class of people our age.
Further down the road I had a customer at the steel mill (a Christian himself) ask me if I was aware YET that God had called me to preach!? He wasn’t asking me if I was called. He was telling me I was and that God had revealed that to him a couple years earlier. He was just curious if I knew yet.
As you can imagine… that required a LOT of prayer! After some counsel with wise, godly people and praying for a year about it, God spoke to my heart asking me if I was ready to get on the same page with Him.
The rest, as they say, is History… and what a history it’s been!
I love Him… but I still think like an engineer!