After earning my Master of Divinity degree cum laude in 1979, I applied for faculty positions at several denominational Bible colleges. When my letters of inquiry went unacknowledged by early November, I sent my resume to area churches with vacant pulpits.
In February 1980, the Humboldt, Kan., Assembly of God elected me as pastor. My third week there, our phone rang one afternoon just before dinner. After I said hello, the caller introduced himself as the faculty dean at Southern California College (now Vanguard University) in Costa Mesa. Then he asked, “Where in the world are you, man?”
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