Tuesday, November 08, 2011
January 1996, I received a call from Precept Ministries International, asking if I would like to join their staff. I was quite content but agreed to meet with them in Atlanta. My desire at that stage of life was to learn inductive bible study and PMI was the leading proponent in the world. That is what piqued my interest to accept their offer. I spent 8 years with PMI, managing the radio department and teaching inductive Bible studies but began to miss being on the air daily. Moody had never lost interest in me and they offered me a chance to do the morning show in the Tampa market. Florida was fun, I loved the gulf, the sun and the beach but after a few years I was recruited by Family Life Radio to move to Tucson and do a network show. This probably wasn’t the best career move for me because two years later I resigned from Christian radio altogether and went to work for Westwood One in their Phoenix newsroom.
Working in that secular environment was difficult and I began praying persistently for a return to ministry. After 15 months of working in that pagan, cynical, sarcastic environment I was desperate. I told God that I would do anything, go anywhere to get back into ministry. I would have even taken a job as a church janitor! God has a sense of humor, because He sent me and my wife from Phoenix to Meade, KS to work with Great Plains Christian Radio (KJIL). God gave me a new perspective for Christian radio ministry, so whenever I opened the microphone, I focused on sharing the Word rather than entertaining. Now you have to understand, Meade is about a mile away from the middle of nowhere, so when given the opportunity to transfer to their sister station in Abilene, KS, I jumped at the chance. Since 2010, I served as the Operation Manager and afternoon drive announcer at KJIL. Through pulpit supply I learned about a couple of local churches in need of a pastor. I became a candidate at both of them. In October 2011, I was offered the position of pastor at Zion Brethren in Christ Church in Abilene, KS. So after 30 years ministering in Christian radio, I am now a full time pastor. My wife A’Lisa was hired as my Administrative Assistant. This is an answer to a year’s worth of prayers. I knew God had something more in store for us in ministry, I just didn’t know what that “more” was. Looking back in hindsight, I can see how God orchestrated everything to bring us to this point. We are glad for the challenge ahead because we know that God is able. We praise God for our new church home and family.