Do not ask me why I didn’t realize this until tonight… but when I share my testimony/faith story, I talk about how I left the world of science and technology in order to follow God’s call into ministry. But, that’s actually not true…
Really all that happened was that my hobby become my profession and my profession became my hobby. Originally I was going to be a computer geek at work with church as my hobby. Now I’m a church geek at work with technology as my hobby.
So I was going to do a “best of” post for 2006, but the year has been filled with so much that I don’t even think its worth it. It is safe to say that 2006 was probably the most transitional year of my life (graduation, marriage, new house, new job) and the switch from school to work has had a negative impact on my time.
The best part of 2006 was obviously getting married to my long-time best friend, Renee, and beginning our lives together. This event was bittersweat however as we also said farewell to Renee’s grandmother in the midst of all of that.
Beginning my first “real call” in ministry was a highlight, but that also has been bittersweet as my senior pastor (who I’ve worked well with) is leaving at the beginning of February. While I love my job, love the church I serve, and love the kids I work with, I had just started to get comfortable with how things were going and gotten into a routine and now things are going to get stirred up a bit. But, I have to trust that everything will be okay and in a year, or two, or maybe even three, we’ll look back and say “hmm, that was tough but we got through it, and we’re in a good spot now”.
Becoming a homeowner was an exciting part of the year, after seven years of living in a box to have a multi-room house was a totally new experience. Along with it came the fun of maintaining a home but we’ve had a really easy ride with that so far (knock on wood). Closely tied to this was the fun of being able to settle into a community. During college and seminary I kind of felt like a resident alien – I lived in Grove City, but it wasn’t really my community. Same with seminary – I lived in East Liberty, but I worked in the North Hills, so I was sort of split there. Now, I live and work in the same community so I actually feel like I belong someplace. I walked through the local Wal-Mart and I see people who I go to church with and work with, which is a neat experience after seven years of being in transition.
The 16-month period from Sept. 2005 – Dec. 2006 may be one of the most significant with regards to my theological growth ever. Although my first year of seminary was also big, this last time period forced to me to rethink everything I had ever believed and to look at it through new categories. With my introduction to the “post-conservative” branch of theology, post-modern theology, relational truth, “missional thinking”, combined with everything I had learned previously has helped open my eyes once again to read the bible with new eyes, and to understand the bible is a different, but even more powerful way.
2007 will be another exciting and dynamic year for a lot of reasons, church, family, etc. I’m excited to see where I’ll be a year from now.
So normally when I take “Blog Quizzes” I find them to be junk… but this one actually came out pretty accurate:
|Your Five Factor Personality Profile|
You have low extroversion.
You have high conscientiousness.
You have high agreeableness.
You have low neuroticism.
Openness to experience:
Your openness to new experiences is medium.
I am a recent graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and am on my way to being ordained in the PC(USA). I am currently serving as Minister for Youth and Outreach at Hampton Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, PA. My wife Renee and I were married in the spring of 2006 after a seven year friendship and a year and a half long distance relationship.
In May of 2003 I graduated from Grove City College with honors in Physics/Computer Science with a minor in Religion. While at Grove City I was apart of the Cross Country and Track and Field teams as well as a member of Delta Rho Sigma(Buffaloes), Sigma Pi Sigma(National Physics Honorary), BYTE (National Computer Science Honorary),, the Two Books Society, and Physics Club. I graduated from Spencerport High School in June of 1999
After college I had three different summer work experiences in ministry. During the summer of 2003 I was a Youth Ministry Intern with the First Presbyterian Church in Montrose, Colorado where I worked with a great group of high school and middle school students. During 2004 I completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center. Finally, during the summer of 2005 I was a counselor at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, PA.
During College I had a number of different work experiences that included two summers as an intern at Xerox Corporation as apart of the Xerox Information Management Group where the majority of my work was focused on the development of an environment and server management database. During the summer of 2002 I took part in a Research Experience for Undergraduates program at Bucknell University. I worked with Dr. Tom Solomon on a developing a Lagrangian Capillary Number for describing chaotic flows. In November of 2002 I presented my work at the American Physical Society/Division of Fluid Dynamics conference in Dallas, TX